Popular skit maker and comedian, Chukwuemeka Emmanuel a.k.a Mr Funny has revealed that social media has killed ‘godfatherism’ in Nigerian entertainment.
Speaking in a chat with Punch, he said: “I advise up-and-coming entertainers to make good use of social media. Social media has been able to kill “godfatherism” in the business. Right now, not everyone has to climb the stage to make everyone laugh. In the comfort of one’s home, one can make one’s audience laugh and make money from it. I encourage them to hone their creativity as they can be great on their own. Also, they should be humble and not allow fame to distract them”.
Asked about the first time he did stand-up comedy, the funnyman fondly called ‘Sabinus’ said: “The first time I did a comedy was when I was in secondary school, pupils would gather to watch me perform mimicry of teachers after class. They laughed and encouraged me to study teachers well so they could watch me mimic them. On the other hand, the first time I did a stand-up comedy was at University of Port Harcourt where I schooled. I had a crew with a guy then called Bottle and Strong. We went to a competition but we didn’t win. The crowd chased us from the stage. I would say the first time was hectic but I kept pushing”