For a long time, Ghanaian comedians lurked in Nigerians' shadows, who are considered among the best in Africa. However, the Ghana comedy industry has grown steadily over time.
Today, Ghana boasts of several good comedy talents. Some of them have even gained international recognition. In an industry like comedy where entertainers have to make people laugh whenever on stage, choosing the best among comedians is not easy. One bad show might easily cause a drop in one's rankings.
List of Ghanaian comedians you should watch in 2020
The good thing about Ghanaian comedy is that you don't have to go to a show to see your favourite comedian. Most comedians have embraced social media where they crack up their followers every other day. New acts have been pioneers in the shift to digital media, gaining a huge following in the process. These are the best Ghanaian comedians to watch right now.
1. Clemento Suarez
Clemento Suarez, real name Clement Ashiteye, is one of the top comedy names in Ghana, as well as Africa. He is famous for being a stage comedian, but he also does acting work.
Clemento has been doing comedy for over a decade. He joined the industry immediately after graduating from university.
However, his journey into comedy stardom was not an easy one. Being an unknown, Clemento started by doing free performances to gain the attention of audiences. It was a good strategy, which helped him become known to top names such as Latif Abubakar.
2. Derrick Kobina Bonney
Popularly known as DKB, Derrick Kobina Bonney is one of the top stand-up comedians in Ghana. In fact, he was given the title "King of Comedy" by ace satirist Kweku Sintim Misa.
DKB is another one of the top talents who have been doing comedy in Ghana for a while. And just like Clemento Suarez, he did not have an easy time on his rise to stardom. In fact, he was pretty much unknown as a comedian until a slapping incident of a housemate in Big Brother Africa 2012 edition. Despite the scandalous nature of the slap, DKB managed to ride the wave of attention and soon became a household name.
Today, DKB is a popular guest at top events in Ghana, where he is usually invited as an MC. He also participates in several comedy shows both in Ghana and on the international scene. On top of that, he performs monthly at his own comedy show, the Comedy Express.
3. Jacinta Ocansey
While Ghana does boast of a large pool of comedy talent, most of them are male. Jacinta Ocansey is, however, an exception, being one of the few female Ghanaian comedians. In fact, she is considered the de facto Queen of Comedy in Ghana.
Jacinta was born in Nigeria but moved to Ghana to pursue her university degree. Comedy was not her chosen career path; instead, it was her mother who encouraged her into it. After several performances, she became a breakout comedy star.
Since then, Jacinta has gone on to appear at several comedy events in Ghana, Nigeria, and the international scene. For example, she has performed at, among other events, Comedy Express, Shakara and the Gang, Akwaaba UK Comedy Night, and others.
4. Lezky DeComic
Lezky DeComic is an up and coming stand-up comedian who is making waves in the Ghanaian comedy industry. Real name Emmanuel Nkansah, DeComic has shot into fame in recent years, bagging several awards. These include 2017's People's Celebrity Award for best comedian category and 2016 Comedy Choice Awards.
What's different about Lezky DeComic is that he didn't intend on being a comedian. In fact, he is a graphic designer by profession and was first into music before doing comedy. On top of that, when growing up, his father pressured him to be a doctor.
5. Teacher Kwadwo
Teacher Kwadwo, real name Michael Afriyie is a teacher by profession. He might not be an international sensation, but he has captured the hearts of many people with his comedy.
Kwadwo is famous for his hilarious YouTube clips, where he performs satirical skits on trending issues. He is also fond of using Ghanaian proverbs in his performances.
Like many other Ghanaian comedians, breaking into the comedy scene was not an easy feat. In fact, his luck turned around after sending a direct message to actress Nana Ama McBrown on Instagram. This led to him landing a role as the host for the United Showbiz program on Ghanaian network, UTV.
6. Kofi Adu
Kofi Adu, born Agya Koo, is a Ghanaian actor and comedian. He is a household name in the entertainment industry, having featured in over 200 films to date. However, before he ventured into acting, he was a comedian.
Growing up in the Ashanti region of Ghana, Adu led a humble life, working as a cobbler. His comedy talent saw him land roles at Accra's National Theatre as a comedian for warming up the crown before headliners. It was here that the Ghanaian National TV discovered him.
7. Comedian Waris
Abdul Waris Umaru, stage name Comedian Waris, is another comedy talent to look out for in the 2020 and coming years.
Initially, Waris was a sound engineer, where he worked in radio and TV stations. However, in 2015, he ventured into the entertainment scene as a stand-up comedian. He also landed a gig as a personal assistant to another top Ghanaian comedian, DKB.
Since then, Waris has appeared in several other comedy events such as Crack ribs, Comedy Express, and the Easter Comedy Show. Aside from comedy, he is involved in acting. He is also the founder of the Waris Foundation, an organization that feeds people living on the streets.
8. Michael Blackson
Michael Blackson was once one of the top Ghanaian comedians in the USA. Nicknamed "The African King of Comedy," he has been in the comedy industry for nearly two decades now.
He ventured into the scene through Pennsylvanian and Philadelphian comedy clubs, which are known for being unforgiving. With time, he grew his talent and got a big break after American Celebrity Ice Cube saw his performance. This earned him a spot in the hit comedy show, Next Friday, which propelled him into stardom.
Today, Blackson is a household name in Ghana as well as the international scene. He is known for using his experiences as a Ghanaian during his performances. Aside from comedy, he is involved in philanthropic activities in his home country as a way of giving back.
The comedy industry is not for the faint-hearted, with comedians taking years and a lot of hard work to break into the scene. This is a challenge that many Ghanaian comedians have faced. On top of that, they have had to contend with stiff competition from other African comedians, especially their neighbours in Nigeria.
However, despite all these challenges, the Ghanaian comedy industry has weathered hard times and produced some big names. The above are some of the top and up-coming comedians in Ghana, making a name for themselves in 2020.
As comedy grows in Ghana, Yen.com.gh has created a feature covering interesting facts about SDK Dele, one of the newest comedians on the scene. The comedian rose to fame recently after his skits went viral on social media.
The Ghanaian comedy industry is always abuzz with creativity making it hard for just anybody to fit in. With SDK Dele working on his brand on social media and other platforms, he still has a long way to go before reaching the levels that the greats have achieved.