10. Moussier Tombola (Senegal)
He is a Senegalese comedian based in France. He also does stand-up in various shows. He named himself Moussier Tombola, exactly as his father would pronounce the word “Monsieur” (Mr. in French). He is a happy Senegalese comedian that is proud to be blessed with his talents. his talents.He was born to Saint-Dié-des-Vosges In 2011, he released his debut single “Logobitombo (Corde à sauter)” reaching #5 in the official French Singles Chart. The song is based on infectious dance moves that became a craze and went viral on YouTube, and eventually a big hit, “Logobitombo” being a created word combining the African music genre and dance Logobi combined with Tombo (part of his name), literally Tombola-style Logobi music.
The music video in cooperation with his friend Jessy Matador directed by Hilton Aya also refers to the success via YouTube.
9. Daliso Chaponda(Malawi)
Daliso Chaponda is a Malawian Comedian and fiction writer who has performed all around the world. He has appeared
on Comedy Central Africa, Paramount UK, Loaded TV and Channel 10 Australia. His fiction has
appeared in Ellery Queen, Apex Digest, Machine of Death and many more.
Daliso’s earliest aspiration was to become a reverend but alas, he
enjoys sinning too much. Stand-up comedy is the closest he has come to
his initial dream of the pulpit. He is really hilarious when performing during live shows. He always make people laugh all the the time.
Daliso began his comedy career in Canada with the acclaimed one man
show ‘Feed This Black Man’. Subsequent appearances across Canada
followed (highlights include The Just For Laughs Festival 2005 & CBC
Television’s ‘Crossing The Main’).
In 2004 Daliso Chaponda headlined the ‘Don’t Let Them Deport Me’
Comedy Show as a plea to officials to have his Canadian visa extended.
The show was sold out, well reviewed, and frenzied letters were written
to bureaucrats. He was forced to leave anyway after one final show,
2005’s “They’re Deporting Him Anyway.” Next, he worked as a comedy
writer and performer in South Africa. Recently he moved to the UK.
In addition to Stand-Up Comedy, Daliso has also published fiction in
numerous magazines and anthologies. In 2002 he was a finalist in the L.
Ron Hubbard Writer’s of the Future Contest and in 2006 he was short
listed for the Carl Brandon Society Award.
“A stand up comedian with raw Eddie Murphy confidence, cheek and super-polished style.”
“It takes a special kind of act to work on both sides of the Atlantic
(as well as across Africa), but it seems an easy transition as he
compels the crowd with his racial and socially insightful comedy. Every
sentence he ends results in helpless laughter from the audience.”
News & Star, Carlisle
“Demonstrated Malawi-style storytelling, British cynicism, and distinctly Canadian self-victimization bit in fine form.”
Robert Scalia – The Thursday Report, Montreal
“(A) brilliant, thoughtful comic.”
The Gazette Live, Teesside
“Had the audience won over instantly”
Natalie Boxall, BBC Tees
“A wonderfully animated comic. Full of extravagant gestures and
impassioned speeches. He inspires whoops and cheers from his watchers.
Kelly Crowley, De Bees Music Bar Reviews
“With his frank delivery, accent and cartoonish voice, he has a unique and endearing stage presence.”
Chris Bonaparte, Community Contact, Montreal
“He took control of the audience from the off with his own brand of
humour (…) had a wide range of material, and was not long in rocking
the capacity audience with laughter.”
8. Michael Blackson (Ghana)
Michael Blackson (born November 28, 1972) is a Ghanaian actor and comedian.
for his dry jokes which are always good enough to make his audience reel
in laughter. He is actually the oldest of all the comedians in this
list: he was born in November, 1972. He is popularly known as the
African King of Comedy. He got his inspiration from the comedy of Eddie Murphy.
competitions such as the USA Comedy Central Tour in Philadelphia, the
chlitz Malt Liquor Comedy Tour in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania and the
Urban Comedy Festival in New York City. Blackson also competed in the
Laffapolooza Comedy Festival in Atlanta and the Bay Area Black Comedy
Competition in Oakland, California.
7. Eddie Kadi (Congo)
African-infused brand of comedy and humor, even selling-out notable
event venues in the multicultural UK. It is basically his quick wit and
unpredictability that make him a natural entertainer. Eddie Kadi won the
BECA Award for Best Comedy Newcomer soon after he started his career as
a comedian. The last time Eddie headlined his own show was at The 02
arena, as the first Black British comedian to do so. He is also an actor
and a musician. Kadi’s comedy is clean because he has never felt that he could swear or
cover adult material in front of his mother, who often came to see him
perform in the early days. “As long as it is OK for the fans, that is the most important thing,”.
Ayo Makun popularly known as A.Y. is a multi-award winning Nigerian actor, comedian, radio
and T.V presenter, actor, writer, director and MC. He is the host of
the A.Y live shows and A.Y comedy skits. Ayo Makun directs and acts in one of Nigeria’s popular sitcom, AY’s crib with Alex Ekubo, Venita Akpofure, Buchi Franklin and Justice Nuagbe. He also hosts one of Africa’s largest comedy shows, AY live featuring other comedians like Bovi, Helen Paul
and many other comedians. Ayo Makun is also, the Chief Executive
Officer for Corporate World entertainment, Nigeria. He also owns one of
the biggest and most comfortable Club houses in Nigeria. As an investor
in stand-up comedy, he has influenced upcoming comedians through his AY
“Open Mic Challenge”.Since his foray into this money making business, he has risen faster
than anticipated with a performance fee that is between 1 and 2 million
naira per event, while his A.Y Live events organised annually rakes in
160 million annually. He is said to be earning 280 million naira
annually. His net worth is put at 800 million naira. He is also working
on his MVP club and also runs an event company. He also has fleets of
cars and properties at Lekki area in Lagos.
Ayo Makun (Ayodeji Richard Makun, also known by his stage name A.Y) is a multi-award winning Nigerian
actor, comedian, radio and T.V presenter, actor, writer, director and
MC. He is the host of the A.Y live shows and A.Y comedy skits. His first
movie, 30 Days in Atlanta was produced by him and directed by Robert Peters. He was made a U.N Peace Ambassador in 2009 after winning six awards in 2008. He is the C.E.O of Corporate World Entertainment Nigeria.
Television, DTV Top Show with veteran broadcaster Tunde Omonode. He also
became co-host presenter of a programme called Mock News every Saturday, together with his friend Otaghware Otas Onodjayeke, fondly called I Go Save. Later, I Go Dye got a contract to perform in the first comedy club in Nigeria, the Prest Motel in Benin City,
where he was paid one thousand Naira per show. He gained popularity on
media stations and on one occasion when he went to perform at the University Of Benin, he met Baba Kome who shared the idea of performing in Night of A Thousand Laughs. He auditioned for Night of Thousand Laughs, and was rejected four times by the organizers of the event. Opa Williams (organizer of Night of a Thousand Laughs) took I Go Dye to the Pre-Reel Award to watch his performances when Azuh Arinze of National Encomium Magazine
gave him an opportunity to perform at the Pre-Reel award, where he
overwhelmed the audience. After this, Opa Williams signed a contract
with him to perform in the forthcoming Night of a Thousand Laughs 2000.
Consequently, he was also made to perform at the REEL AWARD and the AMEN
Award of 2000. Opa Williams also presented a special award to him as
the most outstanding comedian that was featured in the show. His introduction into the Night Of a Thousand Laughs and his
performances earned him a place in the comedy industry of Nigeria, and
he became a sought-after comedian by events promoters in Europe.
His first European tour was with Ehizoya Golden Entertainment, which
took him across nine countries and 18 cities in Europe in 2005. He was
also invited by NIEDO France to perform during the UNESCO Cultural Week.
I Go Dye has been featured in MTV Africa Music Awards and also in opening and closing shows of the world’s notable musicians including Akon, Boyz II Men, 50-Cent, Rick Ross, The Game, Kelly Rowland and others. He has won Creative Award in Africa (CAN), African Best Comedian, TV
People Golden Award (New York), Best Creative Comedian In Africa, the
NIDOE-SPAIN Award for his contribution to the upliftment of Nigerian
cultural and artistical values, the Nigeria Best Comedian Award (NEA
National Comedy Award (NCA), Best Comedian In Nigeria, Best Niger-Delta
Comedian, and many more. I Go Dye is now among the UN MDGs Ambassadors
around the world working to actualize the objectives of the United
Nation. In September, I Go Dye was pictured with the Cross River Governor Liyel Imoke at The Nigeria Ireland Carnival in Dublin.
Nigerian comedian, Basketmouth remains the toast of reputable brands in
Nigeria. He pockets over N120 million annually from his endorsement
deals. He gets N100 million from his Basketmouth Uncensored show. With an income of over N360 million, his net worth stands at N2 billion. Bright Okpocha (Basketmouth) born September 14, 1978 is a Nigerian comedian and actor from Abia State who has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe. Basket Mouth is currently one of the brand ambassadors of one of the leading telecommunications companies in Africa (Globacom) till date, Basket Mouth stands out as one of the names to reckon with in the entertainment industry.
Ndambuki is a top Kenyan comedian, having the crowd
in stitches every time he performs, but things were quite different when he first took to the stage.
first joke … they switched off the mic,” recalls Ndambuki, who is
better known by his stage name “Churchill”. “It was too boring,” he
admits laughingly, “even [to] myself.
Churchill has brought a new and fresh style of comedy to the Kenyan
airwaves and mainstream media since the early 2000, that has garnered
him to hundreds of thousands to millions fans on Radio, TV and the
internet. Churchill is now a Kenyan household names.
Ndambuki’s wide recognition as a comedian started heightening in
all-time hit comedy show “Redykyulass” in which he acted alongside
Walter Mongare(Nyambane), Peter Kaimenyi (Kajairo), Maurice Otieno
(Mdomo Baggy), John Kiarie (KJ) and Anthony Njuguna. Ndambuki currently
boasts a successive Live TV, the Churchill Live.
His hit show Churchill Live has increasingly become East Africa’s most popular and hilarious TV Show in addition to gaining momentous
international interest from comedy enthusiasts in the US, the UK, India,
Germany, and rest of the world.
He hosts a famous weekly NTV show “Churchill show” with live
recordings on Thursdays at the Carnivore Restaurant which has become “ a must attend” event, Churchill show is its fourth edition and currently
the number one show in East and Central Africa with a viewership of
11,000,000 Kenyans across the country, according to ratings.
after” comedian in Kenya today. Born in Machakos and raised in Nairobi,
Churchill has touched the hearts of many comedians thus earning him much
respect. One unique thing about him is the desire to help many aspiring
and talented comedians achieve their dreams: recent entrants being
“Chipo” and “Sleepy”. Churchill
has done this by promoting young people through his signature show,
“Churchill Live” which aired last on NTV. Churchill loves to see people
succeed especially in the comedy industry and that is the reason why he
created the “Laugh Industry.”
2. Alibaba (Nigeria)
Alibaba makes his money through a chain of businesses in Lagos:
as a reputed motivational speaker, a professional comedian patronised
by almost all the big brands and political bigwigs in the country. His
net worth is estimated to be over 3 billion naira. It is estimated that
he performs in a minimum of two events weekly at an average rate of 4 to
4.5million naira per event. That would add up to about 400 million
naira per annum! A jester extraordinaire, but a serious businessman too. His Lekki home
alone is valued at over N300 million. Dubbed the father of modern
Nigerian comedy, he’s the delight of politicians and the big boys in
Nigeria. His appearance fee stands between N4 to N5 million per event.
And he’s sure of two events per week: Bringing him to N400 million per
annum. With a net worth of over N3 billion, little wonder he remains the
kingmaker of Nigeria’s comedy industry.
With over thirty years of performing on stage and hosting events for almost all Nigeria’s former presidents and the present one, Ali Baba sits at the apex. Even President Olusegun Obasanjo once jokingly accused him of being overpaid for his performance. His Lekki mansion where he lives is said to be worth more than N300 million alone.
1. Trevor Noah (South Africa)
He was given birth to on 20th February 1984 and he is a South African comedian, writer, producer, radio personality, actor, media critic, and television host. In 2015 March, Comedy Central announced that Noah would become the host of The Daily Show, following the departure of Jon Stewart. He is an international comedian that has been to UK, Europe and the United States for shows and has been featured on TV shows several times because of his talent.
He’s the young, super-cool comedian with the cherubic face and itchy Twitter finger who, beginning in 2012, achieved global recognition by way of Jay Leno, David Letterman, and Jon Stewart.
In a series of solo performances around the world over the last three
years, he has blown up in ways that cultural figures from South Africa
haven’t since the 1960s and 1970s, when musicians like Hugh Masekela and
Miriam Makeba packed music halls during the height of racial oppression
is a post-Apartheid comic who specializes in mining material from
melancholic episodes of his own harsh upbringing. His mother, Patricia,
is a Xhosa-speaking black woman from Soweto township who fell in love
with a white man from Switzerland in the early 1980s, a period when
cross-racial romance was still illegal. Noah was born an outsider’s
outsider—a light-colored boy in a black community who had to learn to
cross multiple lines of difference, including language, color, and
culture. Noah put it to a documentary filmmaker this way: “I’ve lived a
life where I’ve never really fitted in in any particular way. Even now,
people still debate on what I am. People say, ‘Oh you’re black,’ And
then someone will turn around and say, ‘But he’s not black, he’s
coloured.’ And then coloured people will say, ‘But you’re not coloured.’
And then when you get older it’s cool because you’ve lived everywhere
and nowhere, and you’ve been everyone and no one, and so you can say
everything and nothing and that’s really what affects my comedy and
everything I say.” Perhaps his greatest strength as a comedian is his
ability to serve as a translator across all these intersecting lines. In
a polyglot world, he’s made it his trademark to explain ourselves to
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