Nigerian stand-up comedian cum actor, Bovi Ugboma, popularly known as Bovi, has refuted claims that skit-making is a threat to stand-up comedy.
Naija News reports that Bovi in an interview with PUNCH said the assumption that skit-making is affecting stand-up comedy is wrong and hates to engage in such discussion.
According to him, before the advent of social media, skit-making was used to promote stand-up comedy shows and people can watch skits and still attend comedy shows.
Bovi added that people can try whatever their passion is without boxing themselves.
He said: “Skits threatening stand-up comedy is a very stupid assumption. Skit making is skit making and stand-up comedy is stand-up comedy. There has always been skit-making, even before the advent of social media.
“I don’t know where the theory that one is affecting the other came from, it makes absolutely no sense and I hate to indulge in the topic because even before social media, we used to use skits to promote our shows, people can watch skits and still go for shows.
“All the comedy shows they did last year, sold out and all the skits went viral, so who is trying to bring the idea that one is suppressing the other? It makes absolutely no sense and I don’t think I want to talk about this again.
“As a human being, whatever you think you can do, you should give it a shot. Some people are skit makers, stand-up comedians, actors, writers, and producers, like me.
“Some people are musicians, actors, and comedians, so whatever rocks your boat, do it. If you succeed, it is all well and good, if you don’t, try again and if you feel you can’t try after several times, then let it go. You’re a journalist today and you can decide you want to act; you’ll get your shot. Who partitioned it? No one, so, why are we trying to box people? Everyone is welcome, that’s my idea.”