Ever wondered who is the best comedian in Africa? It’s amazing to know that there are people whose profession is to incite laughter, amusement and entertainment and they get monetary rewards in exchange.
Different sectors in comedy have experienced a drastic change in this millennium, comedians have refined the parameters of the entertainment industry and succeeded in making it a sought-after and more reputable to be a full-time job.
There are lots of comedians currently doing well in Africa, but the top 10 are exceptionally the big fish in the industry, the best African comedians, read ahead to know if your favorite comedian is in the list or whether your country is represented.
Top 10 Best Comedians In Africa 2020
1. Trevor Noah
Trevor Noah is Africa’s most prominent Comedian. He was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to a European father.
Trevor is a Comedian, Actor, Author, Political commentator, TV presenter, and Host. He started his career in South Africa in 2002. He is currently the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central, an American Satirical news.
Trevor is the most successful Comedian in Africa, won umpteen awards, and currently lives in New York City. His shows are numerous, even before he started a career in Comedy, his most recent shows are; Host of The Daily Show, South African Broadcasting Corporation, Tonight with Trevor Noah. Trevor’s net worth is estimated in the ballpark $30 million.
- 2. Basket Mouth
Bright Okpocha popularly known as Basket Mouth has set a pace in the entertainment industry, being the first African Comedian to host a show at Apollo in London. The Nigerian, Lagos, Ajegunle bred is a comedian, an actor, TV presenter, Producer, Master of the ceremony.
Bright Okpocha is from Abia State, was born on 14th September 1978 and raised in Ajegunle, Lagos State. He obtained his Bachelor’s degree in Sociology and Anthropology from the University of Benin, Edo State.
In 2010, he got married to Elsie Uzoma Okpocha with two kids, Jason and Jane Okpocha.
Basket mouth has been diligent and a progression of setting the pace for other comedians in the industry. Apart from being the first African Comedian to host a show at Apollo in London, he was also the only Nigerian Comedian that appeared at the Ethiopian International Conference, performs in Comedy Central, His international comedy show “Basket mouth uncensored” a global show, makes roughly 360 million naira annually.
Other of his prominent shows are; Lord of the Ribs, Hanging with Boys, Choice FM comedy Show, etc.
He makes money from his Comedy career but makes more money from his endorsement deals, he has an amazing list of endorsement deals likes of; Amstel Malta, Globalcom, MTN, etc.
Bright Okpocha AKA Basket is considered the second-best Comedian in Africa and has received several awards like; National Comedy Award, Best Stand-up Comedy of the year in 2006. He has an estimated worth of 2billion.
3. Anne Kasiime Kubiryaba
The Ugandan Comedian is referred to as “Africa’s Queen of Comedy”. The Comedian, Actress, and Writer were born on 13 April 1986. Attended Makerere University, one of the largest public universities in Ugandan. She obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Science. She started her career in entertainment in 2007 while she was still a student, she then participated in different drama skits from the school’s drama groups, she further participated in TV shows until her limelight.
In 2014, Anne mentioned how she had uploaded her comedy on her YouTube channel, in less than three years she achieved more than a 15million subscribers, which led to her popularity and greater opportunities for exhibition of her skills.
Anne is a big cheese in the industry as her works are recognized across the continent. She has bagged zillion awards, nabbed countless endorsement deals. Her net worth is estimated at $1.5million.
4. Eddie Kadi
The multi-talented Congolese is a comedian, actor, presenter, MC, and a philanthropist. Eddie was born on 18 May 1983 in Kinshasa, the capital and largest city of Congo.
Eddie has been a resident of London since 1992. He studied Media Technology at Kingston University.
Eddie started off his comedy career in 2002 and has successfully sold out numerous comedy concerts, hosted zillion popular shows like The BBC 1xtra, involved with prominent individuals from different sectors such as music, lifestyle, acting, presenting, etc.
His piquant choice of words in reaching out to different countries and cultures, doffing stereotypes, and limiting strongholds to stand as a unifying force has immensely contributed to his success, popularity, and being loved by many. Eddie has bagged awards and his estimated net worth is $1million – $5million.
5. Shaher Ronnie Khalil
Ronnie is an Egyptian – American Comedian, he was born on 1st September 1977 in Miami, United State, his parents are professors with Egypt descent. He obtained his MBA from the University of Miami.
Ronnie Khalil has been highlighted in four different continents with features in popular media platforms like CNN, Al Jazeera, Conan O’ Brian Show. His good reputation has been based on his storytelling skills, he currently lectures in different colleges on Success and Motivation in the United States.
The stand-up comedian is known for his observational and satirical comedy, his estimated net worth is $1million.
6. Celeste Ntuli
The queen of the Zulu comedy as she’s fondly called is a South African Comedian and Actress. She was born on 25th August 1978 in Empangeni, she also completed her early school years there until she relocated to Durban with her family, where she studied Entertainment Technology at Durban University Technology
She first appeared in 2005, and in 2010 she began a professional career in Comedy. She has won many awards and is known for her one-woman show DVD, she is reckoned as the First local female to record a one-woman show.
7. Patrich Indring
Patrick is popularly known as Salvador, a Telecommunication Engineer, Comedian, Actor, and a Radio presenter on the popular Uganda station 91. 3 Capital FM. After he won the 2009 MNET reality award, he started a career in comedy. He is the director and Co-founder of THE CRACKERS, the Kampala weekly show. He has appeared in several popular shows, hosted zillion shows.
Salvador’s abruptness mixed with humor attracted awards and recognition from the International Media likes of CNN, Vogue, etc.
8. Helen Paul
The Nigerian Comedian is also known as Tatafo, because of the popular program she anchors, Wetin Dey on Radio Continental 102.3FM, Lagos she acts as a witty kid who satirically addresses issues about the Society.
Helen is also a Musician, Host, and Presenter. She has worked with different Media companies like LTV, CBS, and MNET. She was born on 1st May 1983, married to Femi Bamisile with two sons.
The graduate of Lagos State University currently runs an Academy called Helen Paul Academy where he trains Students on Creative Art. Her skillfulness voice manipulation brought her to limelight and among the top 10 in the industry. Helen has won several awards and recognition.
9. Carl Joshua Ncube
Carl is a Zimbabwean Comedian who is recognized as the best Comedian from Zimbabwe, according to CNN African Voices, he has reformed Zimbabwe’s comedy Industry by his hard work and ambition to get his story to the world which stands more as an inspiration to others. They further referred him as “The new face of Zimbabwean comedy”.
Carl has traveled and performed far and wide, recognized and appreciated by many, regionally and internationally.
10. Tumi Morake
South African Comedian, writer, actress, and TV presenter. Tumi has been confirmed to be the first woman to host comedy central presents.
In 2018, she became the first woman to own a set on Netflix. She started her career in entertainment in 2005, she has worked and gathered experience from several Media houses, hosted shows and presented a lot too, she is recognized internationally and locally.
Closing On The Best Comedians In Africa
If there’s anything to observe and note from the above-listed names, it is their passion, hard work, and consistency in their field. Success indeed doesn’t come by accident, for one to be at the top of his/her game in an industry such as this, it demands dedication, hard work，being strategic in publicity, most especially success is not a respecter of gender.
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