Popular comedian Akpororo has revealed that he draws inspiration from mentally ill people.
Akpororo, whose real name is Jephthah Bowoto, while speaking in a recent interview, said he picked up his crazy personality from watching mad men.
“It is my own style. I figured that if you are coming into the industry you need to bring something new.
“Like you said, some comedians sing, dance and even act drunk. I know I can dance and sing, but I wanted to stand out, so I introduced something.
“People talk about mad people a lot in jokes, but I decided to act it out. It is my strategy and I want to thank God for what He has done. I watch mad men. I observe them a lot.”
He also shared his opinion that can be learnt, an advocated for the formation of an academy for comedians.
He said: “Yes! Definitely. You can train yourself to be funny. There are people who weren’t funny before, but who are now because they acquired some training. It is about working hard.
“Yes, we can have that. No be wetin other industries get? Anything you love doing when you put yourself into training you become better. Anyone who wants to be a comedian can engage himself. We have a lot of video clips and skits that can give anyone a sound training on how to crack jokes in Nigeria.
“From watching these videos, an individual can begin to compose their own jokes with the same pattern. Yes, comedy can be learnt. In fact, even the people who are funny need to rehearse, look for new materials. If you say that you are born with it and you no go train yourself, you will go out of stock and out of market.”