A-class comedian, Tunde Adewale, famously known as Tee-A, is putting all hands on deck in preparations for the forthcoming Tyme-Out with Tee A Live concert billed to hold at the Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, on Sunday, November 3, 2013.
The seasoned entertainer had a chat with ENCOMIUM Weekly on Friday, October 25, 2013. He talked about the upcoming event, amongst other things.
How has preparation been for the Tyme-Out with Tee-A?
It has been very hectic, since it’s barely a month after we finished the Abuja live concert but it’s been interesting and moving well, especially with the support of the young team I have been working with on the project. There is division of labour which has fast forwarded the preparations.
What motivated the live edition of Tyme Out with Tee A?
I am a go-getter, the concept of Tyme Out with Tee A was to create a mix of interactive standup comedy, interviews, celebrity mimicry and musical performances filmed in front of a teeming live audience just as we have in the television format of the show which has grown very popular.
My motivation primarily stems from the wide acceptance and viewership the programme has enjoyed over the years. So, this is simply a way to give back, hence we have reduced the gate fee for regular ticket to N5000 for a couple, rather than the usual, N5000 per person. Since the advent of Tee A live and Naked held at Eko Hotel & Suites, Victoria Island, Lagos, the crowd reaction motivated me in doing more.
What is the unique feature of this year’s edition?
The major unique point of this year’s edition is introducing short comedy drama skits and the combination of our normal segments, celebrity close-up and rave of the moment. This year’s edition would be Celebrity meets rave of the moment, and for the very first time, we are having two special guests on the hot seat, 2Face and D’banj.
What informed the choice of the venue?
The very first thing that I really wanted as regard the venue was space. I wanted a spacious and yet comfortable setting for my guests. The venue that caught my attention first was Intercontinental Hotel, Victoria Island, Lagos, and luckily it was newly opened and I also wanted to be the first comedy event to make use of the hall. Besides, it is a premium venue and our guests and artistes are premium just like the show itself, so it’s a good marriage.
Who are the comperes?
Myself, Tee A as usual, and my other colleagues, MC Abbey and Princess.
What informed the choice of artistes performing?
The theme of this year’s edition gave me the idea of the set of artistes I want on the show and also my target audience which is both the young adults and matured folks, since the show itself is a family TV thing. The idea was simply to bring family acts that cut across our strata of viewership.
What is the budget for the show?
The budget for the show runs into quite a lot of millions.
Who are the sponsors?
We really do not have a major sponsor but we have a few partnering or supporting brands. Loya Milk which is the best milk in the world has been with us from the beginning and they are still with us on this edition, Malta Guinness also joined us this year and we hope to do bigger things with them. Moving forward, Nokia, and many other supporters who have bought our Special VIP tables.
What kind of show should people expect?
A fascinating and different kind of fun event, with an overdose of entertainment. A humorous one that they would wish it never ended.
How rewarding was the first edition?
I would say it was very rewarding, it was well received, even though it was the first time such a concept was executed. The initial success was what took us to Abuja, now we are back in Lagos and going to the UK in May 2014.
How lucrative has comedy been for you?
Comedy has been very kind to me, and the glory belongs only to the Lord God Almighty, because since I started years back, it has been steady progress.17 years and still going on strong. I started as an ordinary young comedian, but now I host a lot of corporate and private events, I run my own television production and multimedia company. Definitely, God has been faithful.
What are the things that stand you out as a comedian?
I would say, it is the ability to be me. I give my all at all times and so, even beyond my own work scope just to make the client happy. Also, I think my values and principles which I hold dearly also endear quite a few people to me.
Looking into five years from now, where do you intend taking the show and the event to?
Five years from now, we hope that event and the TV show will be a globally recognized brand, just like the popular Saturday Night Live.
– OLADUNNI KOSOKO