Stand-up Comedy in Cameroon is a virgin field with lots of fertile soil yet to be exploited. Unlike the music, movie and fashion industries which are beginning to flourish, the comedy sector has been timid over the years with lots of dumbfounded talented comedians.
For as long as I’ve followed Cameroonian comedy, comedians have mostly been used to complement music events, weddings etc with no real comedy platform to express their talents. To this effect, some comedians have been taking it upon themselves to create platforms to showcase their art.
This has been the case until September 21st when Orange decided to step in and restore hope. Orange Comedy Club, a game changing concept introduced by Orange Cameroon to spotlight the best stand-up comedians in the country. The first edition of the event held on Friday September 21st 2018 at Canal Olympia Douala.
That blessed evening it was raining cats and dogs and I couldn’t help but wonder how many Cameroonians will be willing to sacrifice their time under the rain to come watch some young people crack jokes. To my greatest dismay, Canal Olympia was full to capacity with anxious faces. Then came the hosts; President Chop Chop (veteran comedian) and Tv Show host Pamela Happi aka Miss P.
Before I could blink, the hall got hit up with thrilling performances from comedians like : Moustik Le Karismatik, Hector, Hoga, Senior Pastor, Laryssa Manfo, Blaise Kalaba, Nanjip, Marecial Zongo, Markus, Narcisse Kouokam and Ambassadeur Agalawal, an Ivorian Comedian. To make it even better, the crowd had the opportunity to rate the performers through the site : http://www.orangecomedyclub.com/.
At first when I saw the lineup of comedians I got scared for Senior Pastor considering he was the lone English speaking Comedian to perform amidst top Cameroonian comedians in front of a French dominated crowd. Surprisingly, he totally cracked up the crowd like no one expected.
On that note, Orange Comedy Club has been launched and I simply can’t wait for the second edition.