Today, when you look around the Ugandan entertainment spheres, comedy is quickly setting the pace and usurping the attention from the music and film industries.
A few years ago, if you had come to me and told me that there will be a time when comedians would be regarded as part of the major driving forces in Uganda’s entertainment industry. I would have given a loud laugh…my loudest ever, probably.
Today, it’s the obvious reality. Comedy has garnered a huge fan base across the country to the extent that comedians are massively demanded even on music shows for the prominent artistes.
There are several venues that are specially built for comedy shows which air on specific nights throughout the week allover the country. One of the most notable is the Comedy Store UG owned by Alex Muhangi.
On Wednesday, another milestone was notched by Okello Okello Joshua who hosted the very first Silent Comedy show. The concept amazed revelers and this could be the new trend going forward.
On the same night, Patrick Idringi Salvado launched his new show dubbed the Just Comedy Show at Kingdom Kampala Mall. It also attracted big numbers, with several comedians jumping on board to support Salvado.
Both comedians cannot be shy of mentioning that they were inspired by Alex Muhangi who took a brave decision to come up with the comedy night show which happens every Thursday at UMA Showgrounds – invented in 2016.
With the arise of several other comedy shows, all rising up following the Comedy Store UG, Muhangi has been looked at as the godfather of the new era of comedy.
He has brought in several international comedians and musicians, the likes of Klint The Drunk, Eric Omondi, Diamond Platnumz, Jaguar, among others, who have all commended him for a job well-done.
He has uplifted the industry, with help from fellow comedians, and he stands with their heads held up high anticipating even bigger things to happen in the near future.
Alas, with competition comes other aspects which may negatively affect the industry but we can be sure to count of Muhangi’s positivity to cause bigger developments.