Nigerian formost contemporary comedian, Atunyota Alleluya Akporobomerere, popularly known as Alibaba has announced the details of his stand up comedy contest that will help to discover and groom the “4th generation of Nigerian comedians.”
There is hardly any successful Nigerian comedian today that does not attribute their success to Alibaba. In fact, the very successful ones are so full of admiration for the ace comedian that they have dubbed him the “King of Comedy.”
According to Alibaba, “Alibaba’s Spontaniety is a new platform to help truly creative comedians to ride the waves of their careers to fame and fortune. Let’s begin to discover the talented ones, so we don’t let them get stifled into oblivion by the visible comedians who feed off their creativity.”
Alibaba has announced that there shall be four editions in 2015. Each edition will produce three finalists. All twelve finalists will perform at Alibaba’s January 1st Concert.
According to Alibaba, the contestants will be scored based on the following; originality (30 points), creativity (20 points), delivery (10 points), stagecraft (10 points), timing (10 points), audience connection (10 points), and Unique Selling Point (10 points).
Alibaba says “if you have a comedian you know has real talents… and I mean REAL COMEDIC TALENTS… not the one that only knows how to tell jokes others have created, tell them to come to Muson Centre, March 1st.” He went on to clarify that the talent show is NOT for dancers, rappers, singers, actors or abunnna (whatever that means!!!!!).
The winner will get a brand new car, opportunity to co-host a radio show with Alibaba for 3 months and 3 months internship with any Nigerian comedian of his or her choice. Only Alibaba can promise this last one because no one else “owns” the comedy industry to this extent.
Apart from what the winner will get from Alibaba and his crew, the kind of exposure the show will provide is enough to launch any smart person into the lucrative Nigerian entertainment sector.
The event will hold in Muson Centre on 1st of March 2015.