East London comic Kojo will host The Young Kings of Comedy on the 29th May at The Hackney Empire.
In between writing his film (‘The Weekend’, which he plans to shoot in Hackney over the Summer), performing stand-up and co-hosting Choice FM’s breakfast show with Max, Kojo has somehow found the time to bring together the best urban comedians in the UK today.
The Kings and Queens of Comedy was such a success in December that the team are back by popular demand with their new show. The line-up includes Eddie Kadi, Richard Blackwood and Slim.
Kojo hails from Hackney and can’t wait to perform at The Hackney Empire again, he says going back there and performing in front of the people he grew up with is always ‘emotional’. Despite having travelled and performed all over the world, he maintains that ‘there is no better feeling than being in your local theatre.’
Hosting comes naturally to the comedian who enjoys being spontaneous and interacting with the crowd. There is something for everyone at this gig, as each comedian has their own style. Richard Blackwood, often described as being ‘a ladies man’ tends to focus on relationships, Eddie Kadi speaks a lot about his upbringing in the Congo and Slim is ‘everybody’s favourite angry person’.
Kojo is also excited to have Kevin J, a young comedian from Tottenham, who he believes is the ‘brightest person coming through at the moment’. The show will appeal to a diverse audience and whether you are young or old, the team are confident that there is a joke in there for you!
The urban comedy scene is strong in Hackney and for Kojo, the tag ‘urban comedian’ means his writing reflects the mixed environment he grew up in: ‘I share the word urban with other races…I grew up with all kinds of people.’
Watch out for ‘The Weekend’ the comedy film written by and starring Kojo, which will hopefully hit cinemas next April.
Plus Kojo gave East London Lines an exclusive when he told us that he will be filming his first DVD at The IndigO2 in September – exact dates to be confirmed.
Find out how Kojo first got in to comedy and why he believes his Aunt is his biggest inspiration by listening to the following interview: