La Mode Magazine July Edition featuring Efosa Efex Iyamu theme””More Than Comedy”
Read the interview below;
La Mode: Why Comedy?
Efex: I was born funny, I love what I do and I do what I love. It is just an added advantage that I get paid for my love. I love to see people happy and smile. I have started my professional job for about 18 years now and while I was in school, I used to mimicking of some popular acts then and it made me very popular and i knew I had gotten that niche to progress in this…even while I talk to people and I am serious, they just laugh some times.
La Mode: What influences your comedies and performances?
Efex: I am as spontaneous as possible; I look around me and do my thing. I also read a lot (I have a book to my name with the title—MORE THAN COMEDY) so it’s always nice when I have seen the news about happenings both in the state or country or even the world and create things that will make people laugh…I am a professional MC / comedian and so when I am anchoring events ,it is nice to just throw in some one liners and make the event nice and enjoyable…and this country ,there are a lot to talk about to make people laugh so I must have something to say that the crowd can relate to.
La Mode: Your favourite hangout spot?
Efex: : In Benin (aso rock cold room in Benin club)…in Lagos it is either cocoon or brass and copper….in London I like to always chill with “mama charlie” (I am related to the queen)….in the US, I love Tony’s bar and lounge in ATL…..
La Mode: What happens if your audience don’t laugh?
Efex: It is hard for that to ever happen must catch a percentage of the crowd…it is almost impossible for everybody not to laugh….ahhhh if that ever happens, then your village people are at work….but if at any point the entertainer starts boring the crowd, just gently take a leave and don’t ruin it more…
La Mode: If it was not comedy?
Efex: I would have been a professional soccer player….I play football very very well
La Mode: What makes you outstanding in your field?
Efex: I do not follow trends, I set one……I try to be as positive as possible and do my thing my own way…I love Christ and the Lord has been with me from day one….I love fashion too
La Mode: What greatness have you achieved with comedy and what haven’t-
Efex: Well, I think every day of my life is greatness…I have met almost everyone and had some good relationships with people both old and young, rich and the not so rich….but it doesn’t change my attitude….I have been opportune to get political appointments from working with the MIC, and that helped me build even more relationships and learn from both my principal (comrade Adam’s Oshiomole) and a lot of my other colleagues…everyday is both a lesson and a blessing so I am still getting greater by the day…..
La Mode: What makes you happy knowing that your job is to make people happy?
Efex: that is the idea, I love to make people happy….I usually say that if my success can’t make someone else successful then in a failure….I am happy when I see people comfortable and happy…I go out sometimes and people come ask some questions about what bothers them and then I can provide some solutions, it makes me really happy..
La Mode: Tell us about one bad day in your comedy career
Efex: I went to perform at a big comedy concert and when I got back to the hotel that night was hungry and ordered sandwich and a drink…when i was done the next morning, I had a bad Tommy ache because I was Infected with food poisoning…unfortunately I had another event that day to anchor, I was throwing up and stooling for hours until I passed out and was rushed to the hospital….it was a bad day that I don’t even want to think of again.
La Mode: Tell us about one good day in your comedy career.
Efex:the first time I got my political appointment as a senior special assistant to the governor of Edo state…..I knew the hand of the Lord was on me