“I’m always nervous anytime I am getting on stage even until now but I think it’s good because it gives me the adrenalin to go”.
These and many other secrets were shared by the Ghanaian satirist comedian KSM.
Kwaku Sintim-Misah, Ghana’s foremost stand-up comedian, disclosed this on Radio XYZ’s entertainment programme Celebrity XYZ on Saturday.
According KSM, the real name given to him by his father was “Godfred”, a German name but his love for culture made him switch to his indigenous name.
An old student of Legon Presec and Prempeh College as well as a pioneer of NAFTI, KSM has become an ace comedian in the country borne out of his love for the arts and entertainment industry.
KSM told Nana Yaa Agyare, host of Celebrity XYZ that he writes his own scripts and does a lot of rehearsals before he goes on stage. Where then does this satirist get his ideas for what he does?
“My ideas for production are things that hit me without me thinking about them”.
To him, stand-up comedy is the ability to observe situations and create fun out of them.
He uses this style on all manner of persons including heads of states.
According to KSM, he is able to do so without offending the sensibilities of anyone because “he jokes with the absence of malice”.
However, do these comedians always have it rosy on stage to make people laugh? KSM reveals to Celebrity XYZ that there have been times where he had to perform despite some external pressures.
Narrating one of these bad times, KSM said once he was going to perform in Canada, and minutes ahead of his scheduled time, he received the heart-wrenching news of his mum’s death.
He however says bad times do come but one must not allow it to affect his show.
“Comedy is 10% of what I actually do; I’m also the CEO of Saphire Ghana limited, a content development company and Ogya FM,” KSM said.
For KSM, his legacy for the youth will be that he has expanded the phenomenon of comedy.
It is now up to the young ones to transform it to develop themselves and the nation at large.