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By Sam Umukoro
27 November 2021   |   1:21 am
Exactly, but talking about sorrows, did you read about the state governor who reportedly said the state gives N500 to women who deliver in primary healthcare centres in the state..

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“I hear your comedian friends are making a lot of money?’’
  “Of course, making people laugh is serious business in this clime.’’
  “Apparently, that is why they are smiling to the bank.”
  “Really happy for them, it is not easy to make people laugh and forget their sorrows”
  “Exactly, but talking about sorrows, did you read about the state governor who reportedly said the state gives N500 to women who deliver in primary healthcare centres in the state?’’
  “He is either joking or was quoted out of context’’
  “Hehehe, on a lighter note, I think some of these public office holders should pursue a career in stand-up comedy after they leave office.”
  “Hehehe, in that case let me recommend Ali Baba’s masterclass interview to www.africainterviews.com on tips of how to become a successful comedian.”

 
“Please share with me, I also want to join your friends in making big money in stand-up comedy.’’
  “You like money too much. Here are the tips from Ali Baba from the interview with Africa Interviews.”
• Develop a funny bone in you. Talent is in the raw state; ferment it to a consumable state.
• Learn to create, at least, two jokes a day until you are good enough to create as many as five daily. You are as good as your last jokes. When you tell a joke, consider it gone, especially in this social media age. Let it go. Move on to the next new joke, that way you are fresh. If they keep stealing your jokes, you are a source and a resource.
• Study your market and know what kinds of jokes appeal to them.
• Learn to read and comprehend an audience before you step on the stage. Or better still, learn to use the first few minutes to know them.
• Information is key. Take in as much as you can, but you should have a filtration to determine what is useful and what is not. Then store away the good stuff, especially punch lines; they will tie up with some stories later. Don’t sweat it. Just save.

• Read. Read. Read. Read. Read
• Understand the market you are dealing with and operating in. Stakeholders are different and require different approach. Above all, remember that all rules that work in the business environments apply here too. Comedy is about providing laughter as a service. It’s that service that people want delivered. That is the “golden call” for all players in service industry. Deliver, that’s all.
• Find a mentor. Monitor his strengths. Observe the pitfalls. Learn how your mentor swims against the tide.
• You must make sure that you tailor your jokes to suit and blend with the audience and the purpose of the gathering. When the theme is ambiguous, find issues of common interest to help you connect with the listeners.
• Comedy is a business, run it as such. Set a business structure: call cards; letterheads; office;accounts; publicist; manager; advisory board; quality control mechanism; marketing and promotion strategy; research and development… all the works.
“ So my guy, you have all the tips you need.’’

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