By Henry Ndifon
AN INTERVIEW WITH KPAKOL BETHRAM
Over the weekend KampusAreaBlog engaged fast rising and Award Winning Comedian and Actor Kpakol Bethram. Bethram who has come to light in the comedy industry in Nigeria over the last two years.
He has gone on to perform alongside top notch comedians and musicians in several shows amongst which are; Night of a Thousand Laugh’ and ‘Akpororo vs Akpororo’ e.t.c . Also popular for his skits on social media.(official betram)
KAB: Hello Bethram. This is Henry Ndifon from Kampus Area Blog. We’ll like to know you sir
BETHRAM: My name is Kpakol Bethram
From Rivers State Ogoni to be precise. I am a 200-level law student of Rivers State University of Science and Technology (RSUST)
KAB: Tell us how you were “discovered” and how your comedy career all started?
BETHRAM: Well.. I have been an actor since my secondary school days, I act basically comic dramas till I got out of secondary school and continued acting from church to church till I finally met my Adam boss (Nat Oliva) who told me I would be good if I tried stand up comedy and so it worked.
KAB:What has been your favorite show / work to date?
BETHRAM:Think that was Akpororo vs Akpororo, in Port Harcourt last year. That was my first big platform and by grace I did my bit which the audience appreciated beyond my expectation
KAB: How would you describe your personal style, Where do you pull your inspiration from?
BETHRAM: My inspiration come from my environment and the society at large.
Most of my jokes reflect around what’s happening in the society, Nigeria and the world at large. I do reality jokes majorly.
KAB:Can you talk more about what you mean by reality joke?
BETHRAM: Jokes that the audience can easily relate with, joke like an abstract joke that may be funny but obviously not real.
KAB:Really nice. I personally enjoy jokes I can relate to
KAB:How would you describe your personal style, Where do you pull your inspiration from?
BETHRAM: My personal life style is just so simple, have family, friends, bosses no date though… (Laughs)
KAB: Why do you choose not to date or is it due to upcoming valentine’s day?
It’s not about Valentine. I’ve been single for over 2 years now, the stress of a relationship coupled with my career and academic works may just be too cumbersome.
KAB: Okay I can relate to it…anyways do you have any other skill/ talent you consider latent apart from comedy the world hasnt known yet?
BETHRAM: Ummm maybe…Still yet to be disclosed to me though. But I sang well before I got into comedy seriously.
KAB: You must be multi – talented comedy, acting now singing
BETHRAM: Yeah, though I’ve dropped singing fow now.
KAB: Do you get to travel a lot for your work? If so what’s your favorite city that you have visited in Nigeria?
BETHRAM: Yeah travelled to places but I think calabar has been the best, with respect to their hospitality.
KAB: Wow…When did you visit calabar?
BETHRAM: Last year November I guess…
KAB: What took you down there?
BETHRAM: One seminar that I was made the host for ‘360 Momentum’. It was geared towards exposing the residents to the importance of the utilisation of their talents.
KAB: Kudos…nice one
BETHRAM: Yeah thanks
KAB: Do you ever get shy in front of the camera?
BETHRAM: No no no…
KAB: Do you consider comedy an easy job or more strenuous than people think it is? (How so)
BETHRAM: It’s quite stressful, coming up with new jokes at different times, but quite difficult than what the audience see it to be.
KAB: What’s has been the best and worst thing about being a comedian?BETHRAM: The best of it is the grace, the huge platforms so far and the ability to change. Otherwise nothing, just that it’s quite challenging when the fans expect you to forfeit certain things at your expense for them.
KAB: If you weren’t into comedy what would you see yourself doing?
BETHRAM: Singing…and probably being a lawyer.
KAB: Thats Okay (laughs). KAB: If you land a heavy deal, will you continue with school?
BETHRAM: Yeah, it depends on how heavy the deal is, if it’s worth it then I would get my schooling on a pause and continue afterwards not like dropping out entirely.
KAB: What’s your favorite movie?
BETHRAM: Central Intelligence..
KAB: Favourite movie character?
BETHRAM: Kevin Hart.
KAB: Can you mention Five things you can’t live without?
BETHRAM: God, Prayers, Grace, Family, and Friends.
KAB: Really nice, I noticed your top 3 priorities are faith based. Why is that so?
BETHRAM: That’s what got me to where I am today.
KAB: Alright… What’s your favorite artist/musician at the moment?
BETHRAM: Wizkid & Mr. Eazi.
KAB: Have you had an opportunity to meet or work with any of them?BETHRAM: Yeah just Mr Eazi though
KAB: Wow… when was that?
BETHRAM: On the 4th of December last year when I was on the same show with him.
KAB: What is your favorite song at the moment?
BETHRAM: Pain kill by Sarkodie ft Runtown
KAB: Who are your role models in the industry?
BETHRAM: Bovi and Romeo
KAB: If you could only eat one meal for the rest of your life, what would it be?
KAB: Why do you love rice so much
BETHRAM: Nothing special, rice it’s just simple and available
KAB: Give us 5 facts about yourself, people may not know?
BETHRAM: They may not be up to five, But I would try
1.When I started comedy my parents did not support it
3. I got expelled from secondary school for a crime I knew nothing about
4. That I love God before anything
5. Am quick to anger
KAB: So tell us what a day in ur life is like?
BETHRAM: On a good week day… wake up, clean the house, dress up and go to class, after lectures, chill with friends, read at nights and the day is up.
KAB: What are your expectations for the future?
BETHRAM: New good jokes, large and better fan base, good comic delivery and endorsements.
KAB: Things you’ll love to change in the industry?
BETHRAM: Uhmmm…the fear engulfing the young and upcoming comic talents.