After suspending its shows in March this year due to the Covid pandemic, Comedy Store Uganda is resuming its weekly shows but this time the comedy-entertainment show will be hosted virtually.
The show hosted by Alex Muhangi has partnered with Fezah, the digital airplay monitoring and artist booking platform, to debut their online shows in a bid to cope with the ‘new normal’ which has restricted mass gatherings.
Comedy Store’s ‘scientific’ edition will be held Friday August 28 starting at 8pm. Organizers promise the same blended entertainment experience but at an affordable price and with more convenience.
When government banned entertainment events in March so as to slow the spread of the virus, this meant that event organizers had to find innovative ways to stage shows. Muhangi says the partnership with Fezah aims to achieve exactly that.
While musicians have continued to make TV appearances and online performances, the comedy industry has had no activity. This is because stand-up comedy has always thrived on a live audience. But with the uncertainty surrounding how long the ban on shows could last, Muhangi says it’s time to go digital.
“Comedy Store fans have been requesting us to think of alternatives through which they can continue to enjoy comedy. They miss the experience. So, with Fezah, we are offering a solution,” Muhangi said.
Tickets cost Shs 10,000. To buy a ticket, revelers will have to log on to live.fezah.com. On the website, they will scroll through the listed events and select ‘The Alex Muhangi Show: Comedy Store Uganda – Scientific’. Then they’ll click ‘Buy a Ticket’ either using Mobile Money or a Visa card. For queries, call 0772977979.
Once you have paid, you will receive an email with your code and details on how to access the show.
“We think the online shows will be convenient for our fans. You can watch from wherever, including the Diaspora. And it’s cheap. Ordinarily, our tickets go for 20k, but the online shows will cost 10k. That way, you can spare some money for internet data. But it will be the same great entertainment package,” Muhangi said.
Fezah has previously held online shows for Afrigo Band, Isaac Ruci, Michael Kitanda and Keneth Mugabi. They are as well hsting Iryn Namubiru’s concert and Blankets and Wine.
After an illustrious career in sales and marketing, Sanyu FM’s first radio presenter Chris Ireland has taken the reigns as General Manager. Chris replaces Betsy Mugamba who was recently shown the door after leaked audios pinned her for leaking a workers’ strike in June.
Chris, then under the moniker “Darling DJ Chris” presented the stations’ first breakfast show in 1994. He now returns to lead the vibrant station with a wealth of experience across the entire radio business platform.
“With a natural inclination to music, Chris is best suited to guide the station that brags a sound that can only be described as ‘Today’s Best Music,” a release from Sanyu FM reads.
“Chris portrays the true Jack of all trades and has cleverly mastered all of them. From running the country’s only jazz club in the form of Jazzville, to creating the Code 9 band, Chris remains rooted in music.” On the corporate front, Chris has a rich CV, having managed several brands including MTN Uganda, Nile Breweries Ltd and SAB Miller. He was also Sales Manager at Madvani Group and the Broadband Company.
Ireland also introduced Uganda’s very first bowling alley, Alleygators in the early 2000s. With music at the heart of his soul, the bowling games were interspersed with hugely popular sing along karaoke nights.
“As the new General Manager, Chris Ireland will spark a new wave of dominace over the airwaves with a fresh set of presenters and a dedicated team with one goal in mind- To be the market leader of Uganda’s radio scene, the release reads.
“Expect a season of many firsts and new achievements at Sanyu FM under the leadership of Chris Ireland,” the Sanyu Release reads.
Another Sanyu FM veteran, Roger Mugisha who cut his radio teeth 24 years ago as “The Love Doctor” recently returned to Sanyu and he holds the position of Programmes Director.
Sanyu was the first private FM radio station in Uganda. It was started by the Katto Family in December 1993 and acquired by the Ruparelia Group in 2000.
“Sometimes didn’t work well more on a personality level not love, I still love her..” he added.
A Pass and Ruhweza, a professional make-up artist who lives in Stockholm, often shared Instagram moments in the past.
The duo were then “rumoured to have picked an argument which forced the pair to delete each other’s pictures from Instagram.”
In an interview with the Observer newspaper in 2016, the “addicted” singer spoke about the same, saying “When you are a liar, there’s no business between us.
“[Speaking ardently:] I value honesty and respect. I am a romantic guy because I listen a lot and I care about other people’s feelings. When I love, I love only one person and I give them my 100 percent.”