If laughter is the best medicine, then Ghana has become a pharmacy for some years now. Ghana comedy has shown immense growth and gained popularity, producing some of the best comedians in Africa irrespective of the fact that they are not being recognized and regarded in their own country.
Last Friday 1st September, Doxa Productions organized the maiden edition of Comic Awards Ghana to honor Ghanaian comedians.
Though it had low publicity, majority of the industry players like: George Quaye, Arnold AsamoahBaidoo, Adjetey Annan, Kojo Preko Dankwa, Nana Ama McBrown, AyiteyPowers,KofiAsamoah,FrankAGyekum and many others were there to support.
The show was successfully emceed by Khemikal and Jacinta who both gave impressive performances on the night.
Patrons enjoyed performances from both Ghanaian and Nigerian acts like: kokobioko, Lekzy, Irene Logan, KurlSongx, Timi da Poet, and Nigerians very own Kenny Blaq, Parrot Mouth, Horgan who are all known names in Ghana regarding comedy. The most exciting moment was when Ghanaian Satirist, actor, Television personality, KwekuSintim-Misa popularly known as KSM who creatively turns our normal every day happenings into artistic expressions, inspiring Ghanaian youth especially Comedians at large was honored the Life Time Achievement Awards.
KSM as we all know after completing college, received specialized training at the renowned National Film and Television Institute in Accra. Anxious for deeper investigations into the performing arts, “KSM” left Africa to major in acting and directing at Trinity College in Connecticut, USA. He subsequently earned a Master of Fine Arts in film production from New York University.
“KSM” launched his acting career with a variety of Off-Broadway and Public Theatre roles. He was also featured in the popular American crime series Law and Order and on the drama series Medal of Honor Rag (by the Tony Award winning director Lloyd Richards.) “KSM” became the first African to stage an original Off-Broadway play when he produced Thoughts of a Confused Black Man, an immensely popular one-man show that raised compelling questions about race in the United States.
In 1997, inspired by his American career, he returned to Ghana to make his mark as a proud nationalist and ‘edu-tainer’. Shortly after arriving back in the country, “KSM” became a prominent radio talk show host; his pioneering work with Talk Shop introduced Ghana to broadcasting’s potential for generating controversy and dialogue. “KSM” used a combative, confrontational style which shocked his listeners into frankly discussing relevant national issues. He continued to refine his style with the show Nyame Som Ye De, which inspired Ghanaians to think beyond religion to define their broader spirituality.
After making a name for himself as a radio host, “KSM” created what has become one of Ghana’s most popular talk shows; Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF). TGIF was the first broadcast of its kind to fuse serious talk, education and humor. Since its inception, the show has featured gripping stories from entrepreneurial street vendors, dancing presidents, pioneering scientists, leading artists, and many more exciting characters. “KSM” recently won the Radio and Television Personality Television Entertainment Show Host of the Year (2011) for his work with TGIF.
Despite his success in the broadcasting terrain, “KSM” has never abandoned the stage. He has written, directed and starred in a series of one man comedic plays, most notably Saga of a Returnee, Afia Siriboe, and Politically Incorrect. KSM’s live performances use comical characters to illustrate the key social, economic and political issues concerning Ghana.
The audience at the auditorium gave him a standing ovation as his name was mentioned after a beautiful poem was recited by Timi da Poet.
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