We caught up with the brilliant and insightful Ku Egenti a few weeks ago and have shared our conversation below.
Ku, thanks for joining us, excited to have you contributing your stories and insights. Can you talk to us about how you learned to do what you do?
I learned how to do stand up comedy by watching the great comedians like Eddie Murphy & Richard Pryor. They had a huge influenced on my life & career. I would not change anything about my learning process, it help me become the comedian that I am today. I really enjoyed all the learning process. My most essential skill is following my heart when it comes to writing a joke. If I like it? Then, it will be part of my act. One of my biggest obstacles for me was always getting too serious about my craft. I didn’t enjoy the ride more in the beginning. But now, I really enjoy the act of making a great joke.
As always, we appreciate you sharing your insights and we’ve got a few more questions for you, but before we get to all of that can you take a minute to introduce yourself and give our readers some of your back background and context?
My name is Ku Egenti, I was born in Lagos, Nigeria. I move to the US in late August 1997. I am professional comedian based in Houston, Texas. I have been doing stand-up comedy for over 14 years. It’s been a beautiful journey with ups & downs but still the best career choice for me. You have to be very discipline to do this genre. You can’t be a part-timer artist, it has to be the way of life. Nothing else matter but comedy.
What’s the most rewarding aspect of being a creative in your experience?
The best aspect of being an artist for me is when an audience member comes to one of my show & he or she has never been to a comedy club or show. And they tell me that it was their first time to a comedy show & they really enjoyed themselves. That to me is everything. I really like that a lot.
Looking back, are there any resources you wish you knew about earlier in your creative journey?
I wish social media was a big when I started comedy in 2007. Posting videos is a game changer. It wasn’t available on Facebook or Myspace. It’s a perfect way to get people to come watch you. Social media is the future of entertainment.
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