Comedian Basketmouth goes personal in new interview, reveals he is a very shy person

Comedian Basketmouth goes personal in new interview, reveals he is a very shy person

Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basketmouth has soared in limitless ways when it comes to his career as a stand-up comedian. His recent nomination for the the Annual South African Savanna Comics’ Choice Awards (SCCA) is only proof of this.

In a chat he recently had, Basketmouth revealed some interesting facts about the nomination and himself. The popular comedian gave a brief about how he became a comedian.

According to him, his love for comedy was inspired by Eddie Murphy and his role in Coming to America. At that time, he did not even know that the American actor was also a stand-up comedian. Even from the movie, Basketmouth had derived a sort of calling that pulled him into the profession.

Given that he already knew where his passion lies, Basketmouth said that he had an early start which dated as far back as his days at the University of Benin and even before then. The veteran comedian also touched on the feeling of satisfaction he derived from the whole act of making people laugh:

"Comedy gives you that same feeling of satisfaction the fact that you create an idea or a story in your head and you bring it to life and you tell people…You know whether it’s from your experience or stories you’ve heard, and you make it a joke and you tell them and they actually you know laugh."

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According to the 40-year-old comic actor, it was this satisfactory feeling that came from making people laugh that pushed him into comedy in the first place. He confessed that he was a shy person and would naturally not have ventured into comedy.

"So when I started doing comedy I did not know I was going to be popular or famous, this is new to me I’m a very shy person, I was just doing it because I enjoy making people laugh, I was doing it for free, the first time I charged for a performance is because I was hungry and someone said that the people that brought would pay you. In my mind I was like oh them dey pay? {laughs} so when you enter into that space you realize that there are some things that you have to let go off you can’t start a full time comedy career and be doing other things on the side so you have to let go of everything and you have to just step in, if you fail you fail, if you win you win."

Talking about his achievement so far, Basketmouth highlighted the concert he held last year at the Wembley arena. But he said this was not his biggest success. According to him, he had hosted several shows like This Day music festival and Montreux’s comedy festival in Switzerland that saw him rubbing shoulders with international celebrities like Beyonce, Busta Rhymes and more.

Basketmouth, who is a big fan of comedy pioneer whose name is, Richard Prior, gushed about how he sat on the chair of veteran comedian.

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To him, these and many more which he preferred not to talk about were the greatest highlights of his career.

Even when it came to bagging awards, Basketmouth did not consider being a nominee at SCCA which is themed Rhythm of Funny as much of a big deal. This was not just because he had worn the maiden edition done in 2017, but because it could not compare to the several awards he had clinched and the ones he still hoped to get his hands on.

He said: "It’s the second time. So the first was good it was a good feeling, when I won it I didn’t expect to win to be honest, so when they announced me the winner… I won’t lie to you my heart… for the first time in my life… I was really like you know it would not be a bad one if I win this stuff, you know that kind of stuff, of all the awards I’ve nominated for apart from the Mtv Base, the MAMA’s, the comedian of the year that I lost to Trevor Noah that was there, I knew I was going to lose that one."

Growth for Basketmouth is almost inevitable at this point as the talented Nigerian has taken his career a notch higher by joining the host of Nollywood actors. He is presently acting in an Africa Magic series titled Flatmates. However, he does not intend to stop at this level. He intends to get to the peak of being an investor in the entertainment industry.

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Before the end of the chat, the expert comedian couldn’t help but raise a major distinction between the structure of comedy in other African countries and Nigeria. For him, the absence of a definite structure, lack of investors and the absence of clubs dedicated to comedy as opposed to other African places were major distinctions:

"We have more number here, but it’s not about the numbers it’s the structure, it’s the system, we don’t have any comedy club in Nigeria all we have are bars that they run a comedy night at certain and there some people wouldn’t even know that this night is for comedy because they know the place as a bar or lounge… you don’t expect to get that laughter and that attention from those kind of people because they’re not there for comedy so we’re supposed to have a comedy club specifically for comedy that’s how you get the real fans so south Africa they have that."

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