Ghanaian comedian and actor Abdul Waris Umaru, popularly known as Comedian Waris believes that the Ghanaian comedy industry is miles ahead of the music industry. The comedian, in a recent interview with Raza Swaggy on Asaase Cape Coast’s “Rush Hour,” bluntly stated that he believes the comedy industry is far ahead of the music industry when it comes to shows.
He is of the view that the Ghanaian music scene only becomes vibrant during the festive season. This is because most musical concerts are held within that period. Comedians, on the other hand, are continuously putting out skits and hosting various comedy shows throughout the year. He believes the consistency of the comedy industry outweighs that of music. “Come on, listen, Ghana comedy is doing way, way, better than music. We put up shows that fill auditoriums. The industry runs all the time,” he explained.
Comedian Waris applauded the current crop of comedians in the country for working hard to uphold and sustain the industry. He further disclosed that the entire industry is a close-knit network of comedians who are all connected.
The 31-year-old comedian could not contain his excitement with how Ghanaians have embraced the comedy genre. He however pleaded with them to sometimes extend grace to comedians because they are also human and are bound to err. He expressed his profound gratitude and appealed for continued support.
Comedian Waris also applauded his fellow comedians for continuously bringing their A-game on board. He admitted comedy is not easy as it requires great skill, intelligence and creativity. Speaking on the future of the comedy industry in Ghana, he hoped and prayed for a time when comedians would be able to sell out stadiums.