14 March 2011

Uganda: Mic Check Checks in At La Bonita

When you move house, friends will expect you to call on them for housewarming. The Mic Check crew just did that. They invited friends and fans last Wednesday, and on a night when the city seemed without a buzz following the day's riots, this came as a sign of loyalty.

Mic Check checked in at Theatre La Bonita, their new home with love and support not just from fans but who comedian 'Salvador' referred to as the fathers of comedy, Abbey Mukiibi, Patrico Mujuuka, Leila Kalanzi and then Kaibanda- the four being members of the Kandolondoli comedy edition that is hosted at Red Nite Pub at Bat Valley Theatre.

It was fresh jokes and Salvador just did well as the night's emcee interjecting with a spin to subjects tackled by colleagues. Daniel Omara, with his new found fame thanks to The Hostel series, was optimistic Kampala was finally going to get a mayor that can confidently express himself in English and not have to turn out a public embarrassment.

Alex Muhangi, Prince Emma and Dr Dolibondo stuck to their tribal stereotypes, telling of public perceptions of Westerners and the Easterners- portraying the former as utterly stuck-up and the latter for priding in their irrationality. But then Salvador just couldn't spare any ribs with his overtones on 'his' Acholi women.

It was a show 'well-sliced', with a fair part of stand-up comedy and skits by the Kandolindoli outfit that went sexist and religious. In an attempt to have his turn at the platter for tasty pilao at a Muslim occasion, Patrico's cramwork didn't pay off as he mixed up Arabic phrasings in Islamic dialect, attracting the wrath of Hajji (Abbey Mukiibi).

Dr Jose Chameleonic and His Excellency Bobi Wine, popular fans of Mic Check, were in the house too.

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