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Ten Tips On How To Become A Successful Comedian – Ali Baba

ali1Ali Baba, Nigeria’s king of comedy, is a rare kind of man – intelligent, generous, always willing to provide veritable platforms for upcoming comedians and give insights that help to drive a successful career. In this interview, Ali Baba highlights how to be a successful comedian. Grasp these top ten tips for a successful career in comedy; you will thank us when you start laughing to the bank.   


  1. Develop a funny bone in you. Talent is in the raw state; ferment it to a consumable state.
  1. Learn to create at least two jokes a day until you are good enough to create as many as five daily. You are as good as your last jokes. When you tell a joke, consider it gone, especially in this social media age. Let it go. Move on to the next new joke, that way you are fresh. If they keep stealing your jokes, you are a source and a resource.
  1. Study your market and know what kinds of jokes appeal to them.
  1. Learn to read and comprehend an audience before you step on the stage. Or better still, learn to use the first few minutes to know them.
  1. Information is key. Take in as much as you can, but you should have a filtration to determine what is useful and what is not. Then store away the good stuff, especially punchlines; they will tie up with some stories later. Don’t sweat it. Just save.
  1. Read. Read. Read. Read. Read
  1. Understand the market you are dealing with and operating in. Stakeholders are different and require different approach. Above all, remember that all rules that work in the business environments apply here too. Comedy is about providing laughter as a service. It’s that service that people want delivered. That is the “golden call” for all players in service industry. Deliver, that’s all.
  1. Find a mentor. Monitor his strengths. Observe the pitfalls. Learn how your mentor swims against the tide.
  1. You must make sure that you tailor your jokes to suit and blend with the audience and the purpose of the gathering. When the theme is ambiguous, find issues of common interest to help you connect with the listeners.
  1. Comedy is a business, run it as such. Set a business structure: call cards; letterheads; office;accounts; publicist; manager; advisory board; quality control mechanism; marketing and promotion strategy; research and development…. All the works.

See you at the top!



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  1. Ali, I can definitely see why comedians would want to get to know their target audience. I happen to love comedy, so I am always looking for new comedians by traveling to different shows. I’m hoping that I can find a solid comedy show that I can take my wife to this upcoming weekend.

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  2. I appreciate your tip to tell jokes that our target audience will find funny. I like how you said that to do this you must first study what they find funny. My husband is trying to get into stand up comedy, and he is looking for some tips and inspiration; I’ll pass your post along to him.

    1. Well I can give him some beautiful jokes not just jokes but also 100% stage appearance
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  3. Comment:Thank you very much sir, I am an upcoming comedian who find it hard on stage, I just thought I could get help, thank KING OF COMEDY, I hope God lift me to meeting you some day…God bless us, more talents and more success with wisdom…Amen..

  4. I am highly talented and i crack jokes in the church pulling ribs of my audience but i nid connections to get up.thank you sir for theyour love and concern for the upcoming commedians.may God makes you to be more successful

  5. good day sir my name is calculator am an upcoming comedian and am 15 years and am good in comedy I started cracking joke when I was 12 years so sir pls I need your assistant help me sir thank you boss Mr Ali baba .
    I remain calculator
    this is my number -07013221684
    yours faithfully

  6. Hello boss, i have been following for.a long time now. I admire you so much and even took photographs with you at events. I will like to have you as my mentor.
    I will like to meet you asap as time waits for no one. Thanks .

  7. Comment:my boss thanks for the tips my name is comedian Mc BOBO, am an upcoming comedian from jos Nigeria and I want you to mentor me if you can,please help if you can sir

  8. Boss of bosses
    Tuale I’m pastorigbadun on stage
    I need a man like you to guide me through
    Be my mentor and you will not regret boss
    Remember na because of people like u make upcoming comedian get hope

  9. I really have interest in cracking jokes thats my call………
    Am talented in it…….09025976278…
    That’s my WhatsApp number…pls someone should help me… sponsor me…..I believe I will crack joke on state on day? just show me love? God bless

  10. I don’t talk much I’m just comedy I’m not perfect but the people choice I’m Dan4ko aka warri talkative no one knows? I’m ready to work with anyone and place my loyalty on 100% respect trust me if I work with you, you will never regret give me a try

  11. Wow..!!
    I never knew they would be something like this .
    I so much appreciate sir .
    Right from my 9yrs till date it has been my dream to become a good stand up Comedian….

    Please sir if they is any means to get connected in other to become part of your boys I will admire it

    Am Mc Yzi De Comedian A.K.A Talkmore

    Pls sir any help offered will be celebrated in short period of time.

    God bless you more for the update

  12. Good day sir,am funny blaq,but my maths teacher call me tu blaq,he says even though i use bleaching cream,i will still remain black.i don’t wear pant to stage because i have never been on stage before,i only crack jokes at school,but now have made up my mind to become a more talented comedian.akpororo is my mentor and i want to be like him,please sir help me come out of the valley to the mountain top……07012389657 is my mobile number not whatsapp thank you sir i really appreciate your advice sir GOD bless us sir AMEN

  13. Greetings sir, I’m good in cracking jokes I really need a mentor sir, please I need am good to go sir. Thank you.

  14. Thank you sir,
    I am up and coming comedian…
    Fresh materials come to me daily…
    And Am working on my delivery…
    Pls, I need a mentor ..
    Here is my WhatsApp contact 08059067087
    Thank you

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