Comedian Senior Pastor in an exclusive chitchat with 237Showbiz revealed how he successfully penetrated the Nigerian Comedy Industry, got endorsed by Ali Baba and how he mounted one of the biggest stages, AY Live in 2022.
Starting off as a lover of comedy, Senior Pastor on the microphone of 237Showbiz revealed that he got inspiration watching comedians like Gordons, Gandoki and Aboki 4 Christ. He assimilated their comedy with the help of Cameroon’s ace producer Emile Ngomba who recorded his first comedy. Senior Pastor also stated that Cameroonian comedian Big Mama Agatha also played a major role in mentoring him as a comedian.
When asked how he got into the Nigerian market, Senior Pastor revealed that he has been attending the AY Live comedy show in Nigeria since the year 2016, he will travel by water to Lagos, buy a ticket, sit as a regular guest and take down notes. During the red carpet, the comedian said he will make sure all the media houses interviewed him. Once they learned he is a comedian from Cameroon, they are always eager to know what brings him and that is how he got his face on many TVs and platforms in Nigeria.
Fast forward to 2018, Senior Pastor returned to Lagos for the AY Live comedy show and also registered for Ali Baba’s Spontaneity Talent Hunt where he emerged 2nd runner up. This platform opened many doors for the comedian. The talent hunt had judges such as Okey Bakassi, Ali Baba and AY Comedian. At this juncture, Senior Pastor will land in Nigeria and spend nights in car parks and sometimes the event venue, attend the event and travel back to Cameroon. The comedian revealed he was able to take his first flight and paid his first hotel bills in the year 2020 and that was his break into the Nigerian Comedy Industry, during his performance at Ali Baba’s Comedy Show. Grace found Senior Pastor that year as Ali Baba introduced Senior Pastor on stage because he wanted to introduce Senior Pastor to the Nigerian market. Feeling impressed, Ali Baba added that some Nigerian comedians complained a lot that Lagos is too far to come for shows but a comedian travelled all the way from Cameroon to come Nigeria for a competition and emerged third.
The Cameroonian comedian recently thrilled the audience of AY Live Easter Sunday 2022 with a brilliant performance, cracking ribs and leaving everything single person in the audience amazed.
“I’ve always wanted to perform at the AY Live. I reached out to Ali Baba asking for an opportunity to get on the AY Live stage, although he didn’t get back to me, he reached out to AY and when I arrived the hall, AY received me with open arms and told me Ali Baba had told him I was coming.” – Senior Pastor revealed.
Senior Pastor’s hilarious performance at the AY Live has earned him another spot at the Pencil Unbroken Comedy Show slated for September 2022.
“To break into the Nigerian market, you must be very good in what you do and you must be able to market yourself there. There are times I’ll go and perform for shows in Limbe, Douala and Yaoundé for free, just to keep the name alive and for people to know that a comedian like me exists.” – Senior Pastor commented on how to penetrate the Nigerian market.