Monday, 13 July 2015

#MCM: Basket Mouth - Ace Comedian | What You Need to Know About Him

His Real name is Bright Okpocha, popularly known as Basket Mouth.
He was Born on 14th September 1978 in Uzor street of Ajegunle Lagos but hails from Abia state.
Currently a loving husband to pretty Elsie Uzoma with kids. He has a B.Sc in Sociology and Anthropology from University of Benin.

Basket Mouth is a comedian per excellence, music artiste and instrumentalist.
Started playing drums as an instrumentalist in 1991 for a church and later joined a band where he discovered
his talent in rap music in 1994.

In 1995, Bright, his brother and friends formed a 7 member group called da psychopaths. The Group
did not last before they could even release an album or single. They had to split.

Together Bright, his brother Godwin and a third new member, Muyiwa Osunrobi, formed a group called D ODDZ,
did a couple of shows but couldn’t break through the music industry as their rap band wasn't in vogue.

His first trial at stand up comedy was a disaster because the crowd got bored with his jokes and booed him off the stage

After which later that year, 1999, Bright re-branded his jokes, and became a sort after brand in Uniben.
This was the beginning of his professional comedy act which had a big breakthrough in 2001 where he met
King of comedy Ali Baba.

He and his friend (Bayo Adekeye) promoted and packaged shows that featured the likes of plantation boiz, remedies, and a host of other artists.
It was during that period that Laff n Jamz was conceptualized.
On the 1st of November 2000, the concept came to reality featuring Ali Baba, Paul Play, Teju babyface, mandy, Mr. Patrick and a host of others. Immediately after Laff n Jamz in UNIBEN, Ali Baba told Bright to come down to Lagos to expose his skills. It was hard to combine studies and standup comedy but it was done.

Things got bigger and better when Bright was invited by Tequila events to perform alongside Julius Agwu on a tour that hit over 30 higher institutions around Nigeria. Basket’s emergence in Lagos can be traced back to the year in 2000 when he performed at a concert called hanging with the home boys; his performance wowed the audience and he won their acceptance. He extended his act to the monthly motherland concert hosted by Lagbaja. Afterwards, Ali Baba introduced him to Opa Williams who then featured him in the now most popular comedy show in Nigeria and beyond (Nite of a 1000 laughs).

The name BASKET MOUTH hit the big screen when he featured in international concerts that witnessed the likes of Joe, Boys 2 Men, Sean Paul, Beyonce, Wyclef Jean, Dru Hill, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Chris Brown and many others. His international gig was in Europe (2003) after which he stayed off the foreign scene until his debut performance in Atlanta at the Nigerian Reunion in 2006.

This performance led to series of performances and bookings in the United States and other countries including South Africa.Back to back through the last 4 years, Bright has won the National Comedy Award for Best Comedian of the year, Best Standup Comedian on the year (2005/6).
As a follow upto the growth, he formed a company called humor unlimited (2004), (stage play) -Devils kiss (2004), and in 2006 took it higher by forming a one man standup comedy show which made history in Nigeria [Basket Mouth Uncensored 1,2,&3]. He later established a consulting/event & Artist management company (Barons World Entertainnment) in 2006.

Basket Mouth is currently one of the brand ambassadors of one of the leading telecommunications companies in Africa (Globacom) and the host of the BIG FRIDAY SHOW till date.

Recently he received an international recognition as Basketmouth Has A Day Named After Him In Houston, Texas.
What more can be better than this that the Mayor of the City of Houston ‘Annice D. Parker, declared the 17th of July as Basketmouth Day in Houston, Texas in recognition of his contribution in integrating the Nigerian American Community through his art for the past 6 years in Houston.

Basket Mouth With a different and unique style in fashion and comedy stands out as one of the names to reckon with in the entertainment industry.

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