Cute Abiola plies his trade as a comedian on Instagram
The gift of making others laugh is one of the things only a few people have been blessed with and the ability to pull it off effortlessly could earn one huge sum of money on a commercial basis.
The amount of money some comedians make from gigs depend on the level at which they have taken their craft and how they have branded themselves, not overlooking the audience they are billed to entertain.
Well, according to Nigerian comedian, Cute Abiola, he makes about N500,000 from plying his trade in skits on social networking platform, Instagram.
The 23-year-old in an interview with Punch noted that most of his skits were inspired by his mother’s character as he emulates her dressing and accent which makes his comedy skits unique and hilarious.
“I imitate my parents a lot in my skits,” he says. “The way I dress in my skits is the exact way my mum looks in the house. I got the accent I use in my skits from them; I stayed in Ilorin for 18 years. My parents talk like real Ilorin people, my father is an extremely funny man.
He continued: “I usually pick some punch lines from them to shoot my skits. “My mum taught me how to tie head gear. I love my parents so much, if I was not into comedy, I would be selling fabrics like my parents; it’s a profitable business for them. I pray I get married to a wife like my mum.
“I spend up to N15,000 monthly on data and I make close to N500,000 in a month. However, I spend some of it on charity, and as a celebrity, I spend money on clothes. My parents were very hard on me when I was growing up as the first child of the family,” he told The Punch.
The comic actor intimated that before the fame, he often got discouraged doing comedy because the initial stages felt like he was wasting his time and talent creating something people did not show interest in.
Cute Abiola, who opened his Instagram page in 2015, just for fan, said he started by recording 15-second videos at the time but it took two years for fame to find him.
“I used to cry when I started doing video skits because I felt I was not getting enough fame when I was doing it continuously,” he recounted. “But I was not discouraged, even when some of my extended family members said I was wasting my time by doing skits instead of reading my books.”
“I was not looking at comedy as a business venture; I was passionate about it. I get money from doing musical promotions for people; I started making money from my page towards the end of 2017.
“I started comedy during my secondary school days, with stage drama. My first stage performance was in 2009/10. When I started comedy, I couldn’t get help, but social media helped me showcase my talent with my skits.
- “I did a video to support Bisola while she was in the Big Brother House and that was how it got reposted by her handlers; I got a lot of followers through that video.