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‘There is no hub for our comedy in the mainstream'


A NEW website set up to break the perceived glass ceiling looming over the urban UK comedy scene and its acts has been launched.

Comedy Lately, the brainchild of comedian and Choice FM host Kojo, aims to help the industry progress after claims that “a lot of our talent were being ignored or overlooked by the mainstream despite their talent and popularity online.”

Kojo said: “I’ve seen what SBTV and Grime Daily has done for the music scene in terms of helping artists progress and I felt led to do the same for the comedy industry. There is no hub for our talent in the mainstream. How many comedians have been overlooked?”

“I’ve always tried to develop comedians throughout my career and this is just the start of something new.”

Kojo, who himself has enjoyed a string of sold-out shows around the capital, including two in London’s famous Hackney Empire, says he has grown disheartened at the reluctance to promote talent in the UK.

“Look at the online web series Meet The McKenzies for example. It has amassed over half a million hits online, but they have got nothing in terms of mainstream attention. That’s got to stop. I felt I had to do something.”

The innovative comic, who also presents the daily breakfast show on Choice FM as well as lending his acting talents to a number of recent films including Noel Clarke’s The Knot, hopes that Comedy Lately will provide “a hub” for those wanting their voice to be heard.

“I’m passionate about making leeways in comedy,” he said.

Kojo added: “This, I hope, will benefit everybody. It will be a hub for events, for interviews and we hope will go onto offer young people roles in TV presenting and in writing.”

At present, Kojo is working with a “small” team, which includes writer and “comedy lover” Roger Ajogbe and handful of contributors.

“We’re only a small team right now, but we’re growing. I will launch the website properly in the new year, but I’m just feeling out the response to it now. I’ll use this time to see how interested people are in comedy,” he said.

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