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Entertainment of Wednesday, 15 June 2022


Ali Baba shaped my career - Comedian Igos reveals

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Popular stand-up comedian, Iledia Samson, aka Igos, has disclosed that veteran comedian, Atunyota Akpobome, popularly called Ali Baba, helped him build his career.

“Living in Ali Baba’s house was quite an experience. I learnt how to be a professional comedian from him. It is one thing to be gifted and it is another thing to develop one’s gift.

"One of the things I learnt from him is that one does not have to be insulting to be funny," he said.

According to Igos, though he started his career in the church, he delved into secular comedy to further promote his work.

“I won’t say what prompted my move away from the church. I still do comedy in churches but the church is one of the channels that made me know I could live a fulfilled life as a comedian. The same material I deliver at secular events can also be used in churches. I don’t practice vulgar humour.

“My parents supported my decision to be a comedian. That was one of the reasons they allowed me to move into Ali Baba’s house. I had been attending shows even when there were no mobile phones. My parents allowed me then. If they did not give me the enabling environment, I probably would not be where I am today.”