Comedian, Bashiru Ahmed, popularly known as Bash, has taken a swipe at some of his colleagues, insisting that many of them do not possess the basic qualities needed to operate in the industry.
The graduate of Lagos State University and The Polytechnic, Ibadan, while speaking with Saturday Beats earlier in the week said that though the industry still has plenty of room for new comedians to test their hands, the business was not for mediocrities.
He said copycats whose main stock in trade was to crack other people’s jokes without giving them due credit, were posing a major challenge to the future of comedy business in Nigeria which he described as one of the biggest in the world.
“Even though I am an advocate of healthy competition, I do not subscribe to a situation where every Tom, Dick and Harry just takes up a microphone and begin to act as a comedian when they lack the basic qualities needed to be one.
“Being a comedian doesn’t come cheap, it takes a lot of God’s grace, natural talent and constant brain-storming to come up with great jokes and ideas that can thrill and entertain people. Many of these guys who are now rushing into the industry do not possess any of what I just mentioned. That is why all you will see them do is to crack other people’s jokes as if they were the ones who came up with those ideas.
“Yes, the comedy industry in Nigeria has room for a lot of new guys to make their own names, but I bet you, it is not a place meant for mediocrities. Comedy business is a business meant for only serious people,” he said.
Bash who also doubles as a musician, revealed that one necessarily doesn’t have to belong to any clique to thrive in the industry, saying that if the talent is natural it won’t take long before such person is noticed.