Ugandan Patrick Salvado named funniest man in Africa

By BBC

BBC Newsday presenter Alan Kasujja, who is from Uganda, got a bit of a shock this morning when he interviewed his friend and compatriot Patrick Idringi.

They’ve known each other for a while but our presenter sounded slightly taken aback that Mr Idringi, who is a stand-up comedian, had been labelled the funniest man in Africa.

“You were living in denial before. I’ve always been funny,” joked Mr Idringi, whose stage name is “Salvado”.

However, later in the interview he conceded: “I didn’t know I was that funny.”

He’s gained the label as he is the only African to get through to the semi-final of the Funniest Person in the World competition at a Hollywood comedy club called the Laugh Factory.

He beat comedian Pablo Kimuli to represent Uganda in the semi-finals.

The other African countries in the competition – Kenya, Malawi, Somalia, South Africa, South Sudan and Tunisia – were all eliminated in round one.

We’ll have to wait until December to see if he is crowned.

  

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