Entertainment of Sunday, 10 July 2011
Yet again, the Dome of the International Conference centre was filled to capacity with numerous expectant audience who had come there with a common goal - to ‘laugh out loud’ (lol).
And indeed, their expectations were met beyond the limit, to commensurate their Ghc 50 standard and Ghc 100 VIP cost per ticket.
Although a major political event, the ruling party's Delegates Congress, had taken place on the same day and into night of the ‘Nite of 1012 laughs', it could not disrupt the laughs but rather boosted it with jokes being made out of the results which had come in just before the show took off.
Most of the patrons at this years’ Nite of 1012 laughs, had their expectations met with rib cracking jokes from some of Nigeria’s finest stand up comedians including Bash, Owen Gee and the legendary Gordons.
Some Nigerian comedians who were first timers in Ghana included Emeka Smith and Elenu who also succeeded in sending patrons home with tummy aches they got from excessive laughter.
Ghana’s only ‘swag-on papa’ (Funny Face) who was the co-MC for the night was at his best ones again, bursting onto the stage with a new song he has recorded with ‘African Girls’ hit maker Castro.
Funny Face, who is also well known for creating jokes on the spare of the moment, could not help but put KOD (Kofi Okyere Darko) –radio presenter turned ‘tailor’ on the spot, praising and teasing him (KOD) for his (Funny Face)’ outfit which by the way looked quite good.
He also did not leave out striker Asamoah Gyan, when he told him “you are here laughing, penalty is coming”.
This comment generated a roof ripping laughter from the audience since almost every one there could identify with what Funny Face meant.
The night could not have been complete without a stint of good music to complement the jokes.
Tunes from sensational Efya seemed to have come at the right time to relax the audience who had been laughing non-stop from the beginning of the programme.
Her hit song ‘little things’ got quite a number of patrons singing along right from the beginning to the end of the song.
Efya later joined Ghana’s fastest rapper Sarkodie to perform ‘I’m in love with you’, an outstanding collaboration which many music lovers have tipped to win ‘Best Collaboration for the year 2011’ at the next Ghana Music Awards, but that is certainly contentious and can be shelved for another day.
The duo looked splendid on stage because not only did they sing so well but also showed a lot of emotions which the song naturally exudes.
Sarkodie, after being ‘forgiven’ by Efya, took the show to another level, dropping his latest hit song which has come to be known as ‘azonto', althouhg the song is originally titled 'You Go Kill me'.
At this point, the audience were on their feet dancing and singing along, with some of them attempting to do the ‘azonto’ dance moves.
Legendary Hi-life musician Ben Brako also spiced up the musical bit of the show with some of his great songs including ‘Baya’.
The star studded event had a number of footballers filling the VIP section of the auditorium.
The likes of Asamoah Gyan and brother Barfuor were seen every now and then laughing at the several jokes which kept coming from the main stage.
Ghana’s John Paintsil, Togolese international Adebayor and actor John Dumelo came in moments to the end of the show but also had a few laughs before the show ended.
At the end, organizers promised a bigger and better show at the latter part of the year which would be the ‘Nite of 1013 laughs’ and patrons cannot wait for that time