Nigerian stand-up comedian, Basketmouth, is to become the first Nigerian to host the prestigious comedy gig and TV show Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s in South Africa.
Basketmouth (@Basket_Mouth) has been snapped up by Africa’s only 24-hour comedy channel to helm and headline his own edition of the show in Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 24 alongside well-known South African comedians.
The Nigerian comic will bring his own brand of comedy to the live gig at legendary comedy venue, Parker’s Comedy & Jive. It will be aired exclusively on Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) on June 14 at 07:55 Nigerian time.
“I am really buzzed to be reppin’ for Naija at Comedy Central Presents…Live at Parker’s in April! So watch out: the Nigerian invasion has begun!” commented Basketmouth.
The Head of Comedy Central, Africa, Evert Van Der Veer, also said “It’s been our long-held ambition to include Nigerian comedians and comedy in our programming line-up – and what better way to start than with Basketmouth – the king of Nigerian comedy himself.”
Basketmouth, a.k.a. Bright Okpocha, is a leading light of the Nigerian comedy scene, making waves around the globe with his free-flowing storytelling and enthusiastic comedic performances. Basketmouth’s profile has never been higher, with huge demand for his comedy gigs both at home and internationally, including an upcoming tour of Europe in April. When he’s not touring, you can regularly find Basketmouth presiding over the comedic chaos at MTV Base’s late night TV show, The Big Friday Show (MTV Base, DStv Channel 322), a joyous mash up of music, comedy, celebrities, pranks and news.
Launched just over 12 months ago, Comedy Central (DStv Channel 122) has successfully lured South Africa’s top comics into hosting its regular monthly stand-up gig. Among the many brilliant funny men and women to grace the stage at Parker’s Comedy & Jive have been Chris Forrest, Kurt Schoonraad, Tumi Morake, Al Prodgers, Joey Rasdien, Barry Hilton, Loyiso Gola, Tats Nkonzo and Stuart Taylor.