The Comedy Show at Citizen Kofi continues to excite patrons and joining the ever-growing list of satisfied guests is former president, John Agyekum Kufuor. Since its maiden edition on November 4, 2010, the Comedy Show at Citizen Kofi has served as the launch platform for a number of Ghanaian comedy artistes. Prior to the launch of the bi-weekly event last year, event partners Citizen Kofi and SQUAD were clear about their objective for creating the show: to discover and nurture local talent in the area of stand-up comedy.
The Comedy Show at Citizen Kofi has become the ultimate after-work destination for office-weary business professionals, musicians, movie stars and politicians (yes, they have a sense of humuor too). As a measure of the status the comedy show has attained, in recent times there have been surprise visits; notably the former President of Ghana, Mr. John Agyekum Kufour. On the first day Mr. Kufour attended the Comedy Show at Citizen Kofi, patrons were excited by his presence and willingness to mix freely with the crowd. The MC almost succeeded in getting a few words of humour out of the Gentle Giant. Mr John Kufuor was evidently pleased in the talent in display from Poets to Musicians to comedians, as one after the other the likes of Abdul and DKB took turns to wow the audience.
The show has also unearthed great poets in the forms of Abdul, Mutombo, Nana Asaase and many more. The music talents of Bra Kevin and Kyekyeku have been showcased to the comedy show audience. So though patrons walk in expecting a comedy show, they receive a package of poetry and music in addition. Through the show, names such as DKB the Messenger, Obrempong Percy, Foster, James Brown, Phyllis, Khemical, The Gentlemen, etc. are fast becoming household names on the local scene. In fact, the latter name – The Gentlemen – is the first stand-up comedy duo act in Ghana. The manner in which humour flows from one partner to the other has always been a thing of awe to patrons. What is even more remarkable is that the show has also unearthed Poetic talents in the forms of Abdul, Nana Asaase, Rhyme Sonny and Mutombo.
Each show so far, has been watched by a cosmopolitan audience of Ghanaians, Europeans, American and Asians. The performers each night have succeeded in cutting across cultural barriers to inject laughter into their international audience.
From evidence so far, the Comedy Show at Citizen Kofi promises to complete its mission of unearthing indigenous Ghanaian talent in comedy. Patronage has been very strong, with people always asking for dates of the next show. The plush Hollywood Lounge at Citizen Kofi, which hosts the event, has a relaxing ambience to help you unwind after a hard day’s work.
According to the producers of the show, they are committed to ensuring that the show never loses its purpose of unearthing new talents for Mother Ghana. It is therefore little wonder that the comedy show will soon make its TV debut for Ghanaians and the world at large to experience the laughter revolution which began at Citizen Kofi some 6 months ago.
By: Ameyaw Debrah