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It’s tougher being stand-up comedian than skit maker –Bash

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Stand-up comedian, Hammed Adekunle, popularly known as Bash D Cash, is of the opinion that it is tougher being a stand-up comedian than a skit-maker. He told Saturday Beats, “I used to shoot skits myself but to be a stand-up comedian, it is tougher because one has to be creative and it is one alone. If one does not have it (talent), then one does not have it. As a skit maker, it is tough also but if one has the acting talent or spirit, one can just incorporate humor into it. They (skit makers) are not in any way affecting us (stand-up comedians).

 “It is not possible for skit makers to overshadow stand-up comedians. Comedy has different genres just like music. Stand up comedians are different from skit makers.”

The comedian also stated that 2021 was both wonderful and tough for him. He said, “2021 was a wonderful and tough year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. However, I still hosted one or two shows. The year was also filled with ups and downs. It was more challenging than fulfilling. I introduced a new show which was used to spread the gospel of humor everywhere.”

On if he believes one has to be in a clique or cabal to succeed in the industry, Bash said, “It is a normal thing, just like in football. The fact that I am close to the likes of Koffi and Owen Gee does not mean there is any cabal in the industry. It is normal for one to be close to some colleagues. Also, one has to pray for grace. Grace is what distinguishes everybody.

“Just pray for things to work for you. I have performed on many big platforms, including AY Live, Basket Mouth’s shows and even Bunmi Davies’ events. That does not mean I am in their clique or circle. If one is distinct and pray for grace, one would go far. For instance, Kenny Blaq is not in any clique but he is everywhere.”

Revealing the elements he puts into his work to stay relevant, he said, “The most important ones are prayer and hard work. We keep putting in the work from time to time. The only constant thing is change. As things evolve, one should do that too. As long as one knows one’s strength, one would know when to key in and when to pull out. For over 20 years, I have been a stand-up comedian and it has been awesome.”

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