Top comedians rocking the silver screen
They have all made names as comedians, but right now, they have led in the pack of those who have transcended their stand up acts to become notable faces on the silver screen. Here are a few of the more notable comedians-turned actors.
Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome
Hailed as the Grand Commander of Nigerian comedy and popular as Ali Baba, Atunyota Alleluya Akpobome leads the pack of stand up comedians who are having a good run in moviedom.
The Warri, Delta State-born Religious and Philosophy graduate of the Ambrose Alli University, Ekpoma, Edo State, has featured in a couple of big budget productions, including the two part box office comedy film, The Wedding Party and Alakada, which had a successful cinema run.
Ali Baba also had pronounced performance in movies, such as Head Gone, My Guy and in Moses Iwang’s comedy film, The Last Three Digits.
Ayodeji Richard Makun
POPULAR as AY, Ayodeji Richard Makun is one of Nigeria’s A-list comedians. The Ifon, Ondo State-born Theatre Arts graduate of the Delta State University, Abraka, is huncho of Corporate World Entertainment, the company behind the successful AY Live comedy show, reputed as one of the biggest comedy shows in Nigeria, if not in Africa.
Like Ali Baba, AY occupies a top position amongst comedians whose heart partly lies in moviedom. Not only has the award-winning comedian featured in a couple of Nollywood movies, AY has equally signed a few critically acclaimed movie productions as Executive Producer.He has starred in highly successful movies, including Being Mrs. Elliot, The Wedding Party and in the across country production, titled American Driver. Movies that AY has signed as lead actor and producer are A Trip To Jamaica, 30 Days in Atlanta, 10 Days in Sun City, and most recently, Merry Men.
ONE of Nigeria’s top comedians, Bovi Ugboma has his name listed amongst Nigerian movie producers. The Delta State-born comedian and product of the Delta State University produced and featured in the 2016 romantic comedy, It’s Her Day. Although the movie wasn’t particular successful at the box office, Bovi stated that he would hit location soon and won’t stop signing works, either as producer or actor.
BORN Stanley Chibuna, but popular as Funnybone, the Anambra State native, who was born and raised in Kaduna State, is one of Nigeria’s celebrated comedians. A Theatre Arts graduate of the University of Jos, Funnybone joined the stand up comedy train nearly a decade ago and has gone on to become a household name.
Humble and unpretentiously friendly, Funnybone’s heart also lies in moviedom, as evidenced by a couple of acclaimed movies he has featured in, such as Sergeant Tutu, Kondo Game, Bandits, What Just Happened and in Emem Isong’s Love Is In The Hair.
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