Of all Ugandan comedians, Bright Okpocha aka Basketmouth, finds Teacher Mpamire, the most hilarious.
The Nigerian comedian and actor is in Kampala with his fellow comedian Onyebuchi Ojieh aka Buchi, for the Comedy Store Show tomorrow, Thursday at UMA grounds in Lugogo.
Basketmouth said he has been in Uganda for the 20th time made the revelation Wednesday while addressing press at Mestil hotel in Nsambya.
When asked his greatest comedians of all times, Basketmouth mentioned Edward Regan Murphy aka Eddie Murphy, an American actor, comedian, and singer ranked #10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time.
He also mention Russell Dominic Peters, a Canadian stand-up comedian and actor who in 2013, was number three on Forbes’ list of the world’s highest-paid comedians, and became the first comedian to get a Netflix stand-up special.
When the question was narrowed to Africa in general and Uganda in particular, Basketmouth’s choice centred on three comedians; Alex Muhangi the founder of Comedy Store Uganda, Patrick Idringi alias Salvador and Teacher Mpamire.
Basketmouth whose job is to make people laugh, said he is particularly amused by Teacher Mpamire, especially referring to his “vernacular English”.
Who is Mpamire?
Real names Herbert Mendo Ssegujja, his stage name is Teacher Mpamire.
A comedian, actor and high school teacher, he is most famous for mimicking the Ugandan president, Yoweri Kaguta Museveni.
His performances have seen him stage shows in Zambia, Malawi and other African countries.
In 2016, Teacher Mpamire was named “discovery of year” at the Africa Youth Awards held in Accra, Ghana.
He went to Kyambogo University for bachelor of arts in education and eventually went to Makerere University where he studied drama.
Having been sponsored by Yoweri Kaguta Museveni, he was admitted to the American Comedy Institute where he studied comedy performance and writing.