“He tampered with loyalty” – Comedian Basketmouth opens up on disagreement with AY Makun
Popular comedian, Bright Okpocha, better known as Basketmouth has opened up on the fracas between him and his colleague, AY Makun.
The duo was rumoured to have been at loggerheads with each other for years as they always kept their distance from each other despite being caught in the web of the same occupation (comedy).
Reports and rumours also had it that the Basketmouth and AY Makun developed their camps of comedians in order to distinguish themselves.
In a recent development, Basketmouth has cleared the air as regards the quarrel he had with AY while saying that they are on good terms now.
Speaking at Ebuka Obi-Uchendu’s Black Box Interview series on Bounce Radio, the popular TV host, Ebuka tilted their conversation towards disunity among comedians and raised the issue between him and AY which caused him to give a clear explanation.
“I’d have stayed where the competition is. I still do standup comedy but not with great energy because I’m targeting all-around entertainment now. My competition is me. There’s nothing [like a feud] between AY and I.
“He came in my space; messed with loyalty by saying something to my lawyer Magnus that I told him in private. It was nothing but it was enough to cause a rift and have me put up the walls. We made peace and he apologised. I have no single problem with AY as claimed. We don’t talk.” Basketmouth said
Basketmouth also went further to address rumours about him snatching comedian Bovi from AY Makun.
“I did not snatch Bovi. Bovi is not a girl,”
“Bovi and I went to Abuja. He performed. I was blown away. When he was done, we talked about what he could do better. We’d been friends but that was the first I saw him perform. I didn’t know any background story,” he said.
“I proposed that we do business together and we clicked. I was already hearing claims before and after the settled rift with AY.”
Basketmouth also noted that his main point of focus is increasing his audience/followers and not having disagreements with fellow comic stars.
In his words:
“My concern is increasing my audience, not feuds. How do I make viewers follow religiously? I have a film coming, a special coming next year ‘The Voices In My Head’, a sitcom coming to TV, another album. These I worry about.”