African comedy has showed immense growth over the past years. Just like musicians and actors, comedians are becoming celebrities in Africa and beyond. We have African comedians traveling the world to perform in big crowds and others winning big awards.
Some of the celebrated comedians include,
1. Trevor Noah
Africa’s most famous comedian, Trevor Noah is well known for his unapologetic approach to race, apartheid and politics. He is a South African Born to a Swiss father and a Xhosa mother. He’s struggle to identify to a one specific stereotype makes him a genius when it comes to comedy.
Trevor was the first South African comedian to sell out a one-man show and has continued to break records ever since. In 2015, Trevor took over as host of ABC’s “the daily show” from Jon Stewart, becoming Africa’s biggest comedy export of all time.
2. Eric Omondi
One of the most common faces on Kenyan Television, Eric Omondi is a comedian and an activist who does not like to be called an entertainer. The comedian, who started out as a noise maker in class, made his breakthrough when he appeared on Kenya’s well known TV show, The Churchill show.
It was there that Eric became a household name and a comedy power force in the region, even performing at big events such as the African Kings of Comedy Festival in Nigeria.
He recently won an award as the Best African comedian at the African Entertainment award.
3. Anne Kansime
Referred to by many as the ‘Queen of Africa Comedy’, Anne Kansiime is a Ugandan comedian entertainer and actress. She first broke into the scene with the YouTube Series, Minibuzz, in which she made fun of Ugandans’ experience in daily public transport.
Her stand-up shows have sold out arenas and auditoriums in major cities including London, Kuala Lumpur, Lilongwe, Gaborone and Harare. With more than 15 million views online and a YouTube silver play button.
Anne continues to entertain people across the continent through her online videos and stand up shows.
4. Bright Okpocha Aka Basket Mouth
Born and raised in Abia State, Nigeria, Basket mouth, is a comedian whose resume one cannot simply ignore. The first African to ever host a show at the Apollo in London, he has continued to set trends performing at events like Lord of the Ribs, Comedy Central Presents and the Basket mouth live at the 02 arena in London.
5. Daliso Chaponda
Daliso Chaponda is a UK based Malawian comedian well known for his versatility and “quite on the edge” jokes. A good example of how versatile of a performer Daliso can be is how he performed a “filthy set in silhouettes strip clubs in Birmingham and about two days later did a family show at the 2007 greenbelt Christian festival.
Daliso has performed all across the world in cities like Cape Town, London and has made appearances on the BBC’s “The world stands up”. He annually hosts a show in his hometown of Lilongwe called “laughrica” where he invites different local and international comedians for a one-night comedy event.
6. Daniel ‘Churchil’ Ndambuki
Churchill from Kenya is a well known and respected comedian who has been in the business since 1996. Kenya produced a living legend in Churchill and 20 years later, he continues to crack up Africa. He is the host of the Churchill Show on NTV Kenya which is recorded live on Thursdays at the Carnivore Restaurant. It has a viewership of over 11 million and is the highest rated East African programme.
7. Michael Blackson
Michael Blackson is a Ghanaian who is well-known for his dry jokes which are always good enough to make his audience reeling 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.
8. Emmanuella Samuel
The Nigerian comedian/actress is one of the special talents under the mark angel comedy cooperation.
In 2016, she was awarded the Best New Comedian and Princess of Comedy at the Afro-Australia Music and Movie Awards in Australia. She is also the first African to have one million subscribers on her YouTube comedy channel.
She is set to feature in a Disney Hollywood film.