Night of A Thousand Laughs comes to an end


The show that made us laugh a thousand times for 16 years is no more.

Speaking on the reasons for resting the legendary show, producer Opa Williams says: “When we started Nite of A Thousand Laughs in 1995, we were the only comedy show, we were the real, and Nigerians witnessed something fresh and unique. Jokes were original and audience actually laughed a ‘thousand’ times.

Consequently, the show produced superstar comedians who got their first break on the stage of Nite of A Thousand Laughs. These comedians went ahead to start their own shows. These shows became clones of Nite of A Thousand Laughs. It turned out to be a ‘see one, see all shows’. “The fallout is that the audience paid dearly for this as they are short changed without knowing it. As a pioneer, in fact the arrow head of the comedy revolution in Nigeria, I decided I won’t be part of short-changing the audience.

So, Nite of A Thousand Laughs is stepping aside, to retain its dignity,” an emotion- laden Williams said.

He also adds: “If for 16 years, we have done something successfully, what does that tell you? For all the shows we have held in all the cities in Nigeria, they have sold out as well as served as a launch pad to all popular stand-up comedians in Nigeria such as Julius Agwu, Basket Mouth and I Go Dye.”


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