The best place to get soothing comedy is on the Internet. These clips are usually short and quick to understand. The best part is that they come free!
Since upcoming comedians are beginning to make money from this new ‘industry’ in Nigeria, we decided to share a few tips from some of the most popular viral video stars.
- Learn to play multiple characters
You and your friends do not have the same destiny. They may be busy when you need to make a video. Rather than wait on anyone or even waste money on a supporting actor, just do it yourself!
See Aphrican Ape. He is only one man playing various characters.
- Be utterly ridiculous!
An African proverb says that to get to where no one has gotten to, you need to do what no one has done. Develop an alter ego that does and says the most outrageous things. Be NOT normal.
See Tout Kitchen. Really, how many people can cook any and everything with Alomo Bitters?
- Create Stereotypical (African) Characters
African anything sells – African dads, African mums, African aunts, Africans in church, African artistes, African kids, African uncles, African girlfriends and boyfriends, African politicians… the list is endless.
Ever heard of Philo, the original Igbo girlfriend?
- Publish on multiple platforms
Ensure your videos can be found and consumed on Instagram, Youtube, Vine, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Don’t restrict yourself to just one platform. You have no clue where your core audience might be. Be visible and relevant everywhere.
- Have an unforgettable accent
You don’t have to move around too much with this talent. Speaking on the right topics and you’re on your way to stardom.
See Mama J. She’s hot mama jamma with a hilarious Calabar accent.
When a Calabar person mistakenly ate a spiritual bingo! The neighbor who owned it had missing dog flyers all over. She had to call the neighbor to confess! The spirit of the bingo was tormenting her. Note to dog eaters, some bingo different o! Be careful!!!! Tag all the bingo choppers!!! #LaughterForTheSoul #LaughLoud #AfricanComedians #CalabarComedian #BewareOfDog #SomeHaveEvilSpirit #Hallaaa #funny_african_pics #krakstv #onlyinnigeria #laughnigeria #baudex #mamajvideos
- Understand how to use music and special sound effects
It’s not just about words, funny facial expressions and gestures. Sounds play a very important role in video creation. Take the most popular sounds from movies and popular songs and you just might gain traction.
Crazeclown does this very well.
Online comedy is fast becoming big business and many are transitioning from viral video stars to the big screen and big money. If you get it right, you just might join the African Princes of Comedy (#APC).