Basketmouth started doing standup comedy at a time when Nigerian entertainment was starting to get a hang of comedy. He was the third Nigerian comedian to host a comedy stand-up show after Tee-A and Alibaba. He is among the funniest and richest Nigerian comedians with a good eye for witty jokes, funny facial expressions, and great storytelling.
Bright Okpocha (born 14 September 1978 in Lagos State), better known by his stage name Basketmouth is a Nigerian comedian and actor. He has organized popular stand-up comedy concerts like Basketmouth Uncensored across the globe. He completed his primary and secondary school in Apapa, Lagos and moved on to the University of Benin, Edo State to study for a degree in Sociology and Anthropology. He is married to Elsie Uzoma Okpocha, they got married in the year 2010 and blessed with two (2) kids, Jason Okpocha and Janelle Okpocha.
In 1995, he, his friends and brother formed a group called da psychopaths. It had 7 members but they split before they could even release an album or single. Bright and his brother Godwin immediately formed a group called D Oddz and later added a third member (Muyiwa Osunrobi). Together, they did a couple of shows but couldn’t break through the music industry as their brand of rap wasn’t accepted then.
In the year 1996/1997, they got admitted into the University of Benin where Basketmouth studied sociology while his brother studied anthropology. They performed at a concert and got booed off the stage, Bright decided to drop the mic as a rap artist and grab the mic as a standup comedian.
His 1st standup comedy was a disaster because the crowd got irritated and booed him off the stage. Later that year (1999), he came back after a series of research on what brand of comedy could sell in UNIBEN; that was the beginning of Basket mouth’s inception and acceptation into the world of standup comedy. His professional stand up act came into existence in the year 2000 and his big break came when he met Ali Baba.
After Basket mouth featured Plantation Boiz in 2000, they asked him to anchor a monthly show that was held at their den in Ikeja. It was during that period that Bright affected the entertainment industry in Lagos. Things got bigger and better when Bright was invited by Tequila events to perform alongside Julius Agwu on a tour that hit over 30 higher institutions around Nigeria.
Basket’s emergence in Lagos can be traced back to the year in 2000 when he performed at a concert called hanging with the homeboys; his performance wowed the audience and he won their acceptance. He extended his act to the monthly motherland concert hosted by Lagbaja. Afterward, Ali Baba introduced him to Opa Williams who then featured him in the now most popular comedy show in Nigeria and beyond (Nite of a 1000 laughs).
The name BASKET MOUTH hit the big screen when he featured in international concerts that saw the likes of Joe, Boys 2 Men, Sean Paul, Beyonce, Wyclef Jean, Dru Hill, Akon, Snoop Dogg, Ciara, Chris Brown, and many others. His international gig was in Europe (2003) after which he stayed off the foreign scene until his début performance in Atlanta at the Nigerian Reunion in 2006. This performance led to a series of performances and bookings in the United States and other countries including South Africa.
Basketmouth charges about N2 million for each show that he performs in. He is always a fan favorite. He thrills and cracks ribs with undiluted comic lines. His net worth is estimated at N2 billion.
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