People have been bringing their best wordplay for the “Don’t Leave Me” challenge on TikTok, and it’s exactly the type of dry humor that’s so silly, it’s actually brilliant.
It all started with an Instagram post from Josh Alfred, an entertainer from Lagos, Nigeria, who originally posted back in March.
“I was just playing around with the word ‘leaf’ and ‘leave’ in my pun skit. At the end of the video, my hype man Bello Kreb was shouting ‘Don’t leave me’ and that’s what people heard and picked it up. – he told BuzzFeed News
In his short clip, the 29-year-old joked that he was “on leave” while standing on a leaf, but it’s his camera operator and friend’s response that has given the challenge its name.
“I think it was the way my hype-man Bello said ‘don’t leave me,’ is what made it funny and catchy for people,” said Alfred. “Coupled with the fact that puns are always engaging and a bit of a brain-tasking game, I think that’s what grabbed people’s attention and why people are giving it a try.”
The hilarious execution of the challenge has been re-created across social media with friends and families all delivering their best play on words, and Alfred is enjoying all of them.
“I’ve seen a lot that really impressed me, people are really intelligent.”
The Nigerian entertainer regularly creates comedy sketches for his 1.5 million followers on Instagram, but the “Don’t Leave Challenge” is his first moment to capture a global audience. Alfred is mindful of how trends accelerate, sometimes leaving the originators far behind or erased altogether.
“It’s bound to happen, but what I’m worried about really is another person taking the credit I deserve,” he said.
Alfred credits comedians like Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, and closer to home, Basketmouth, as inspirations for his style of comedy, a gift he discovered he had from a young age.
“I’ve always had the ability to make people laugh unintentionally and so everybody around me had been advising me that I should do comedy professionally.”
From church performances and the occasional party booking, Alfred was encouraged to take his talents online and has been growing his audience with consistent content, memorable characters, and now the “Don’t Leave Me” challenge.
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Insecure Star, Yvonne Orji, Makes Nigeria Proud In New HBO Comedy Special
Comedy and laughter, there’s nothing like it and thanks to Yvonne Orji we’ll be getting just that which is highly recommended and needed at the moment. Look, we recognize that these are probably the toughest times we as humanity have had to contend with in recent history but the continuous influx of bad news daily and with more people seemingly having a certain of flair for delivering it, is just, well, very depressing.
The world could use with a bit of joy, in fact there’s a lot of it needed currently. Enter the lovely Yvonne Orji, who thanks to HBO, officially has her first comedy special. For those familiar with the popular series, Insecure, will better know her as Molly. The special is all set for Showmax from tomorrow (6 July 2020) this followed after it first premiered on 1Magic last Friday (3 July 2020). Thanks to the Showmax team we got the opportunity to see it much much earlier.
In her first comedy special outing, Yvonne has the audience rolling with laughter as she brings her razor-sharp wit and confidence to the stage. Both celebrating and poking fun at her strict, formative Nigerian-American upbringing, Yvonne shares her unique journey from pre-med to comedy, talks about parental pressures to get married, and takes us along to Lagos to meet her family and friends.
It’s no secret how much we enjoy comedy and general laughter, comedy specials ensure the best of both. It’s also refreshing to see stand up comedy coming from a female instead of the usual suspects who are mostly male. Not to say there aren’t female comedians out there who have not done it, it’s just not as frequent as it should be.
Yvonne’s first comedy special is fresh and shot in a great way. The switch up between her actual performance and her home life in Nigeria is something we really enjoyed seeing, it helps give you insight into who she is and where she comes from in a genuine and authentic way. She’s also a natural in how she comes off in her performance which makes it hard to believe that it’s her first comedy special.
No doubt it’s the start of many more for her, remember the name Yvonne Orji, a proud African lady who is quickly making her mark on the international scene, in fact she has already. And if you want more from her then do also checkout her Backstories also from HBO.
Do yourself a favour and catch her comedy special, you will more than enjoy it. If you are especially looking for an escape away from the current state of things and depressing news then this is a great way to do so. Catch it on Showmax from tomorrow (06 July 2020).
Josh2Funny Gives An Intense Break Down Of DJ Neptune’s Global Smash Hit “Nobody”
Nigerian comedian, Josh2Funny gives an intense break down of DJ Neptune, Joeboy & Mr Eazi’s global smash hit “Nobody”. Featuring this triple threat of talent, the atmospheric ‘NOBODY’ is produced by Neptune Records in-house producer Magic Sticks, and is the next single off Neptune’s yet to be released project tagged The Greatness II [Sounds of Neptune] after the successful release of the first single Tomorrow featuring Victor AD.
According to DJ Neptune, “When Joeboy voiced the hook on Nobody’s beat, I already knew it was hit even before delivering his verse. Immediately I buzzed Mr Eazi up and told him I wanted him on a record and He said sure to send me the beat. Eazi heard the song and didn’t estimate to jump on it and in no time his vocals were in. This is how we created Nobody.” “Nobody” is an Afrobeats-inspired take on Hip hop.
An accompanying music video for “Nobody” was released on the same day with the single and was directed by TG Omori. It’s a comedic video that pays homage to Michael Jackson‘s choreography.
“Nobody” received positive reviews from music critics and consumers. Enemanna Chidinma of “Blackcard Empire” gave “Nobody” an 8/10 rating, noting that “the length is too short for such a catchy tune”. An editor for SoundStroke gave “Nobody” an 8.0/10 rating, stating that “the bop will last for a long time”, while also noting that “the song is a scintillating major melody that resonates well”.
[WATCH] Ajeezay Talks Hate, Lack Of Support From Colleagues In A Conversation With George Britton
On this debut episode with George Britton, AJeeZay talks about issues surrounding Don’t Leave Me challenge and Nonfa Challenge – basically a wordplay challenge, where an individual with some friends go haywire after making funny use of words is trending on the Twitter, Instagram and Facebook platforms as social media users participate in the trend with different videos. He also hits hard at colleague comedians, including Waris, Romanus and others who rally less or no support behind his craft.
The Hatred Is Too Much In The Ghanaian Comedy Fraternity And Comedian Warris is Fake – Ajeezay
Ghanaian Comedian Ajeezay popularly known as Nonfa King has gone hard against the Ghanaian comedy fraternity.
Ajeezay was a guest on Jay Foley’s Prime Morning Entertainment segment following the sudden rise of ownership patterning to the #dontleavemechallenge stated that Ghanaian comedians don’t help each other.
“There is so much hatred in the comedy fraternity” he stated.
He gave two examples; an incident with Foster Romanus and also Comedian Warris.
“I recently released a video and I asked Foster if he can host me on his show, he said he would speak to his production team and get back to me but till date, I haven’t heard from him”
He ended by saying he has played shows for free for Foster Romanus.
And about Comedian Warris, Ajeezay stated that Comedian Warris is fake because with regards to the originator of the new trend #dontleavemechallenge he was on his and asking Ghanaians to support him then all of a sudden Warris switched.
Host Jay Foley has however promised to solve the issue next Friday on the Prime Morning show.
All updates will be shared here.
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