Why I hardly attend other comedians’ shows –Gbenga Adeyinka

Ademola Olonilua

For a while, there have been rumours that ace comedian, Gbenga Adeyinka shuns his colleagues’ events because he hardly headlines any despite the fact that Nigerian comedians are seen as one big happy family.

Gbenga Adeyinka

The rumour mongers stated that instead of him featuring in his colleagues’ shows, he opted to organise his own shows which are staged in South-Western states in Nigeria. In an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, the rib cracker admitted that he hardly attended his colleagues’ shows but stated his reasons.

“I hardly attend other comedians’ event because we stage our shows around the same time. For instance, AY stages his show on Easter Sunday as well as mine. I do not have an issue with any comedian in Nigeria. I would be at Okey Bakassi’s show. I appear for shows when I am not working because my loyalty is to my family and what makes a family happy is the money the breadwinner is able to bring to the table. It would be foolhardy for me to headline a free show when I have a gig. It is the same way I would not want someone to ignore a paid show just to do a free gig for me. In the past, people who had been billed to perform at my show for free had called to inform me that they had a paid show to attend and cancelled mine. But I did not hold any grudge against them because I totally understood. For me, it is all about work and this is what I use to send my children to school. Once I have an opportunity to get paid for my services, why do I want to leave it for a non-paying gig? However, I am friends with everybody,” he said.

The comedian who has been criticised on several occasions for not being funny aired his opinion on such comments, “I have heard people say that I am not funny but what I always tell them is that Gbenga Adeyinka is not funny but I am the hardest working comedian in Nigeria and even Ali Baba says that. If the people who pay me continue to pay me, then there is something I am doing right and my loyalty should be to those people who pay and say I am funny than to those who are idle and searching for funny people,” Adeyinka said.

The humour merchant told Saturday Beats that he had never considered going into music even though he has graced several music videos by top stars in the country. He, however, stated that he would go into music under only one condition. “I cannot sing to save my life but if I get a producer that would auto-tune my voice and guarantee me that the song would sell, then I would turn into a singer. It is all about making money,” the humour merchant said.

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