If you’re a lover of the Nigerian movie industry termed Nollywood, you’d agree with me that the Yoruba section is one hell of an interesting section of the industry.
The Yoruba section is known for its especially funny scenes. The actors combine creative interpretation of their roles with comedy.
There are a lot of these funny actors and actresses in the industry, but today we’ll be looking at the top 10 funniest Yoruba actors.
FUNNIEST YORUBA ACTORS
1. Afonja Olaniyi (Sanyeri)
This is the king of comedy himself. Sanyeri doesn’t have to talk before you laugh; his appearance and gestures are enough to crack your ribs.
When Sanyeri reacts to the action of another actor, he’d pull a comic. Sanyeri can be dissed for the shape of his head, could be regarded as a dimwitted “local champion” from Oyo and even ridiculed for his tribal marks, but guess what, he’d laugh it off.
If you’re a true fan of Yoruba movies, you’d remember the role Sanyeri played in Muniru ati Ambali and Opakan. These two movies are enough testament that his jocularity is unmatched.
2. Odunlade Adekola
Odunlade, as he is fondly called, is a very versatile actor, who interprets his roles absolutely well. This “tall” handsome man has the perfect expression and reaction to every situation.
Although Odunlade Adekola is not a stereotyped comic actor, he, however, has managed to showcase himself as funny and hilarious. We may even regard him as the funniest Yoruba actor.
In movies like Opakan and The Vendor, Odun showed us how funny an actor he can be.
If you don’t know, Odunlade Adekola is the King of Meme.
3. Olatayo Amokade (Ijebu)
I bet you don’t know his name. Many people don’t, because he’s a freaking Ijebu typecast. I’m not sure I’ve ever watched a movie where Ijebu spoke proper non-Ijebu Yoruba or didn’t talk about his Ilisan, his hometown.
I don’t know if it is the Ijebu dialect that is funny, but Tayo wouldn’t even let us know.
Apart from the fact that his reactions are particularly funny on their own, combining it with his jocular intonations is comedy.
If you watched his Chinese-styled movie Jugunu where he acts as a Kung Fu master, you’d understand he is one hell of a comic actor.
4. Olu Olowogemo (Portable)
This one is on another level of crazy. How he pulls his comedy is a whole different.
Portable is exceptionally crazy. He turns a word on its head and over reacts.
Olu Olowogemo a.k.a Portable is characterized by patternless scream, irrelevant chatter and self-dialog. Portable would be talking to himself long after the other person(s) is gone.
I saw Olu “Portable” Olowogemo’s first awesome comic display in a 2010 movie, Odun Ayo Mi where he plays the character by the name of “General Etike” where he is the commandant of the demons living large in the head of one madman.
5. Kamilu Kompo
Kamilu Kompo, whose real name is Adekola Tijani, is another comic actor in Yoruba Nollywood. Hardly can you talk about Sanyeri without talking about Kompo. Aside of the fact that they both grew up together in Oyo town, Kamilu and Sanyeri both bless our screens with unique comical display.
Kamilu’s style is a unique one. His hilarity is in his quick-wittedness. When another actor makes a statement, Kompo always got an answer: a funny comeback. His comebacks are, although witty, always funny. Sometimes he leaves one wondering where the replies came from.
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