I mean it comes once a month, suggesting it is well-thought-out and themed, but above all delivered at one of Kampala plush places -The Hub. However, Pablo (Kenneth Kimuli)'s biggest task is to convince people to return to his shows, after the demanding weekly shows burnt his fingers like many other Ugandan comedians. Last Friday was the very first Pablo Live at The Hub. It was, however, a lukewarm turnout.
For a show meant to kick off at 8pm, by 8:15pm The Hub's cinema hall 2 was largely empty. This did not stop organizers from starting the show at 8:30pm once some guests checked in. It started off on a jazzy end, with Sue Aniku backed by a three-man Bonified band doing some soft jazz. This month's night was themed on Women's day, and every comedian attempted to make modern feminism joyous and funny.
As the host, Pablo went first, cracking several jokes and the one about women being special and smart (making reference to Bad Black) sent most chuckling. Pablo gave the example of creation. That every time God created something, he would rest, but ever since he created the woman, he has never rested. This joke definitely set ground for what was dubbed as 'Cranes Vs Chipolopolo' as the highlight act came from Zambia's Chibwe Katebe.
But before Katebe, our own Ann Kansiime came with her rib-cracking jokes. Dressed in a girly short dress with school socks, she sent guests laughing even before saying a word. And her school jokes were just a killer. Then came Daniel Omara with his tribal jokes and why we should respect each tribe because they complement one another.
Did you know, for example, that the Baganda are the reason why northerners have jobs in Kampala? That because Baganda are known thieves, it is the reason why northerners are needed in Kampala to protect national assets from thieves. Imagine!
The man you should not have missed, though, is Katebe. This dude should be coming to Kampala more, because his jokes flow naturally. He started by recounting his surprises on the flight to Kampala - why hostesses made those signals showing him emergency exits as if he was planning to go out of the plane. And he had this energy, moving from one corner of the stage to another.
If you are romantically challenged, then you needed to listen to Katebe -especially if you are the kind that goes for family weddings and keeps getting that line: "get serious, you should be next", then Katebe had good news for you.
Next time you go for a funeral, you can tell your elderly relatives: "Uncle or auntie, style up, you are next."