Why I chose comedy over music – MC Acapella

Stand-up comedian, Bennet Daniel, popularly known as Mc Acapella, has explained why he chose a career in comedy instead of music.

He said that in the early stages he was singing and doing comedy side by side but after some time, he decided to focus on one and chose the latter.

Speaking in an interview with Saturday Beats, MC Acapella said he was initially in an Acapella group but added that making the decision to switch was not hard for him.

MC Acapella

The comedian noted that in his younger years, he tried his hands on different things till he found success in standup comedy.

Acapella said; “Transitioning from music to comedy was not really hard for me. When I was doing music, I was part of an acapella group, and at the time, I was also doing comedy on the side. I was just a teenage boy trying out everything. It wasn’t like I had built a career in music. I was just doing music and comedy as well. But, along the line, I chose one and focused on it. That was how comedy became a priority for me.”

On the people that influenced him, Acapella said; “I started doing comedy in 2002. I had always been the funny guy around my friends and family. As a kid, whenever anything happened and it was being narrated to my parents, my mum would say that she wanted me to be the person to give her the gist.

“Some of my biggest influences in the industry are Okey Bakassi, Basketmouth, AY, Bovi, D-Don, and Seyi Law. They are the biggest influences on my comedy career for different reasons. Outside Nigeria, one of the biggest influences on my comedy career is the American comic actor, Eddie Griffin.”

Dishing valuable advice to young entertainers, the comic act said they should not to feel too relaxed in their comfort zones.

“My advice for up-and-coming comedians is that you cannot really know what a place is like until you go there. You have to try out different things and styles. If it is to do storytelling, stay there. And, if you have to do conscious comedy, stay there. Just find where your strength is, and build on it,” he said.