It was until past five in the evening before the hall began to witness more pouring in of guests. Laff Theatre by Dr. Buntus, which held at the cinema hall of the national theatre Igamu Lagos on Sunday 29, September was a perfect getaway to start the week, given the therapy of laughter from the comedians who mounted the stage.
Starting an hour behind schedule, organizers led the guests out to the red carpet for pictures; as well, as had celebrities interviewed before cameras. A male and a female comedian anchored the event: MC Nineties and his other compeer, Ebinyo. Later, it would be the turn for other comedians to mount the stage.
The duo was a perfect match on stage as they keep reeling out rib-cracking jokes to the audience. Ebinyo for her part was good with voice mimicking – whether be it local or international. She was never without something funny to say about everything. She even made a dramatic imitation of how nonchalant government health workers can be to their patients.
In addition, she even dropped a joke about Nigerians, way of mourning the dead as compared to other civilized climes. MC Nineties, rocking an old school hairstyle, says he is the bridge between the oldies and the new generation. He made a joke of how mothers in this part of the world feed their babies pap.
Then it was the turn for other comedians. The comedian came with an impressive concept where he had a recorder played out soundtracks and words, while the audience figures out the title of the sound or name of the person at the background. It was a momentous time for flashback as the audience was transported mentally into the yester-years.
After that, came the wonderful rendition by Belief Paul with his song title, ‘Change the World’. The song was dedicated to killings and hates in the world and the recent xenophobic attack in South Africa. Paul’s beautiful voice and lyrics left the audience under the emotional spell of reflections.
When it was time for him to entertain the guests, popular comedian Loquacious, did not disappoint, reeling out rib cracking jokes, and ending with a Bible recital using the various books of the Bible, and earning a standing ovation from the audience.
Belief, Paul was back again for a second time to sing his song with the aid of its background tune. His exit ushered in yet other comedians. Nevertheless, it was not all about comedy. There was another musical performance by Nicky Laz, a pretty and energetic dancer, with great physic, which caught the eyes of many. Nicky’s moves were as amazing, as her song equally captivated.
Another comedian who veered off somewhat went by the name: ‘Another Man of God’. He decried the state of the nation, and jokingly says the country may need to change her name; sighting examples with words that ended with ‘ria’, and how much are in need of the doctor’s intervention. Words like “gonorrhea, malaria, pneumonia,” he says.
Then came a hype moment with extraordinary body moves from the artist Wow Factor. Moreover, as his name sounded, his performance left nothing short of a gapping ‘wow’. The contortionist whose moves involves a sort of rhythmic stunts in moving the body part so flexibly it feels like he is without a bone inside –twisting his chest until his face could see behind, or passing his entire body through the opening of a lawn tennis racket so that one wonders if the art was real or magic — kept the audience spellbound through his performance. In the end, it was a resounding ovation.
Finally, the man of the moment took the stage to entertain his guests. Gospel comedian as he likes to call himself, Dr. Buntus did not come short of expectations. He shared jokes that added more dose of laughter to the audience. Other comedians who entertained the guests include Big Mickey, Razak of Hustle and Chima Ralph.
Although more crowds may have been expected at the large cinema hall of the national theatre, the crowd in attendance did not fall short of expectation, not to mention that it was indeed a night of fun. Moreover, yours truly even had her Sim upgraded to 4G by MTN.
Word Credit: Gloria Okezie-Okafor
Photo Credit: GCMEDIA