In the era of DVDs, Nigerian comedians ate good. Not only were their shows more popular than the musicians at the time, they went on to sell physical CDs of the same events.
Nigerian comedians were so popular in that it’s hard to explain it today when disruption has happened.
While Nigerian comedy has always been something you needed a structure to break into, Instagram, YouTube and Twitter have changed the game. I wrote a draft on how social media is changing Nigerian comedy but I didn’t get around to making it into a feature story.
What did I say then? Nigerian comedy can no longer coast on lazy misogynistic jokes or things that ignore social context.
Today, your comedy clip is one minute away from being chopped and put on Instagram and Twitter. If it’s adjudged stupid, you’re in for a round of roasting.
Usually, online comedians don’t care. But in the latest proof that comedy and the social condition are linked, we’ve seen this interesting campaign spring up.
Bottom line: Rape jokes aren’t cool.