- Sunday08/10/20177:30 pm - 8:30 pm
For the first time ever President Obonjo comes to London to perform his new show Rise of the Comedy Dictator. In the age of Trump, populism and Brexit, the world probably doesn’t need another bloated ego pretending to give easy solutions. Thankfully what we need is a comedy character who skewers them with precision, hilarity and who isn’t afraid at showing vulnerability.
Following civil unrest due to the President’s long periods of absence to go and secretly perform stand up comedy in Britain, there was a military coup in the Lafta Republic. The official line is that President Obonjowas tried and executed for his neglect of the Laftarian people with his decapitated head stuffed and mounted in their new government headquarters. However, some say it’s a myth and has instead moved to St Albans where he now performs headline spots and festival shows throughout the United Kingdom.
President Obonjo, is an upcoming and increasingly successful stand-up comedian. As the larger-than-life, uber-confident, self-appointed, side-splitting dictator of ‘Lafta Republic’, President Obonjo has quietly been leading a comedy revolution to become the first President to take over the comedy industry by storm. He has been creating rumblings by storming New Act competitions including winning Luton Comedian of the Year, Runner-Up at Great Yorkshire Fringe and was a finalist in the Naty New Act of the Year competition 2016. His previous solo show President Obonjo Stole My Identity was performed in 2015 at Bath Comedy Festival, Brighton Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe Festival to packed crowds and critical acclaim.
In 2017 at Edinburgh Fringe Festival in performed to packed houses performing two shows daily.
What the press have said:
“It’s a great comic construct, with lots of seized opportunities for playing with the clichés” – Steve Bennett, Chortle
” President Obonjo is a self assured performer” – List
” President 0bonjo’s is a very benign dictatorship where the only torture is the splitting of sides, he can be de facto leader of the Free Fringe, crushing his opponents with comedy. Glory to the Lafta Republic!
“There was the potential of that high-status, comedy bomb-proof kind of character that Alexis Dubus has created so successfully with Marcel Lucont.” – Ben Veneables, Londonist
“This hour-long show was a revelation… Not at all what I was expecting.” – John Fleming
“On the face of it, it works as a well-crafted political comedy, exposing how the world has treated Africa and left much of it to suffer corrupt governments led by the likes of Obonjo. But it’s the layers of context that really make this a fascinating, bewildering and painfully funny experience.” – ☆☆☆☆☆ Fringe Guru