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Basketmouth leaves BICC in stitches

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It’s crazy to pay up to K20, 000 just to be told jokes that you are not even sure would make you laugh but it was a different story on Sunday at Bingu International Conference Centre in Lilongwe when Nigeria’s comedian Basketmouth killed it off.

The comedian and actor real name Bright Okpocha left the audience in the BICC auditorium in tears while others craked their ribs in pain with his pot of jokes.

The award winning African comedian, had an easy understanding of what could make a Malawians laugh and he did a very good homework stitching fresh jokes that delved into the day to day life of Malawians.

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The jokes centred more on issues of homosexuality, relationships, culture and Nigerian way of survival and he was not far from what his curtain raiser, Mbeu Snooze Kambuwa did.

“I loved the audience and I can come back next month if I could,” he said in an interview.

Before getting a baptism of jokes from Basketmouth, Kambuwa warmed up the stage with his fair share of jokes.

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The home-boy, who is based in the rainbow nation of South Africa, also had the audience laughing throwing jokes centering on issues of Cashgate, xenophobia in South Africa and strip clubs.

“For me it was a test on whether people would support comedy and I am impressed. I think people need comedy shows here because this response is overwhelming,” said Kambuwa.

Despite performing in the country for the first time, Basketmouth said he was familiar with the Warm Heart of Africa having shared the stage with the country’s UK-based comedian Daliso Chaponda in a number of times.

The stand-up comedian who has organised popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe said he was happy to share the stage with Kambuwa.

During the comedy night organised by Qoncept Creative, lucky ticket holders had a chance to win prizes offered by tourism operators under the Malawi Tourism Council (MTC).

Creative Director for Qoncept Creative Q Malewezi, who is also a renowned poet, said they were happy with the performances of the comedians on the night.

He added that the comedy night had kicked off the festive mood this month of December and also revealed that they have plans to host a festival next year.

The reasonably well patronised show was also curtained raised by Nyali Muzik who did not disappoint with their urban music.

Qoncept Creatives has shown its seriousness in the way they go about their business of hosting classy events and they were impressive again with the Basketmouth show.

Some of the international artists Qoncept Creative has managed to bring into the country include Zimbabwe’s music kingpin Oliver Mtukudzi, Uganda’s queen of comedy Anne Kansiime and South Africa’s award winning musical group Ladysmith Black Mambazo.

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