MC Shakara’s “Shakara and the Gang” comedy show, which held some days ago, did not live up to expectations. Read to know what went down at the event
Headlining comedy concerts has been a culture in Nigeria for a while now and this seems to get more interesting with each new year.
MC Shakara, once a protege of popular comedian, Ayo Makun, decided to follow in the footsteps of his reverred mentor by starting his comedy show, Shakara and the Gang.
The show has been running for two years consecutively since its inception in 2007. But amazingly, it seems the comedy show is yet to find its footing and pull the desired crowd, compared to other shows organized by bigger comedians.
This year's edition of Shakara and the Gang started late at some minutes to nine pm. Only a few celebrities, like Zack Orji and Cossy Ojiakor, attended the show. Other attendees were Instagram comedians like Josh 2 Funny, bellokreb and a few others who came out to support the young man.
The hall seemed almost empty even at 9.30 pm. The only place that seemed quite full was the 'Regular' session. The show was more like a platform for aspiring, upcoming and forgotten artistes.
During one of the performances, an upcoming artiste, Minjin, forgot his lyrics and DJ Kentalky, the DJ for the night, kept messing up the young artiste’s songs. It seemed the two had an earlier running, for the DJ adamantly refused to play his song so he could perform. The artiste felt embarrassed and angrily left the stage.
It became clear that the event was poorly planned and disorganized when MC Shakara was still not on stage by midnight. Ay comedian came on stage to pacify guests, explaining to them that the headliner of the show was panicking and had to be attended to behind the stage.
MC Shakara didn't come on stage till some minutes past midnight. By then, the place had become rowdy with street boys, as most guests had left. The fact remains that the celebrities don’t seem interested in supporting upcoming acts and would only attend shows organized by the big 'dogs'.
Shows organized by Ayo Makun, Ushbebe and the likes are usually star studded but they leave the struggling comedians unattended to. How would they grow if they do not have the support they need? In fact, the support should start from fellow comedians who were missing from this show, except Ayo Makun and Akpororo.
The immediate past Big Brother housemates, Dee-one and Ifuennada, hosted the show. Alex Unusual stopped by to show her support. Music legend, Tuface, and his wife, Annie Idibia, later came. Oritsefemi also performed at the show.