10 December 2009

Uganda: Amarula Joins Bukedde TV

Kampala — The popular television production 'The Side Mirror', which puts a comic side to life's daily issues of politics, relationships, religion and love, is to start airing on Bukedde Television.

The 30-minute hilarious episodes by the Amarula family comedians will start on Friday at 9:30pm. It will have repeats on Saturday and an omnibus (back-to-back) edition running at the end of the month.

The family comprises Allan Mujuni (Amooti), Paddy Ssali (Bitama), Nicholas Mpeirwe (Messe) and a host of others.

Speaking at the contract signing ceremony at the Vision Group headquarters yesterday, Robert Kabushenga, the Vision Group boss, said having a team that dispenses a popular brand of comedy is a major scoop and in line with Bukedde Television's aim of building the profile of local actors.

"The objective of setting up Bukedde TV is to propel Uganda's film and actors to international standards. We are determined to create bigger opportunities for the artists using our platform. We are thrilled to have Uganda's biggest comedy act on Bukedde TV as we look to reach key audiences," he said.

Kabushenga explained that comedy is by far the most rapidly growing art. On behalf of the Amarula family, Mpeirwe said his team had left WBS TV on amicable grounds and expressed optimism that Bukedde TV will make them a bigger brand.

He revealed that they have a bag full of new skits and warned that Bukedde TV viewers would crack a rib.

Some of the popular Side Mirror skits include one about former Kampala Mayor Ssebaana Kizito claiming he had done a commendable job of maintaining the clock tower by fixing the tower's clock battery.

They have also done hilarious skits on politicians like Mike Mukula, President Yoweri Museveni and Vice-President Gilbert Bukenya.

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