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Comedian Ola

Comedian Ola



Ola the Comedian (born Idris Olawale Gbaja-Biamila, 5th August, 1987), is a Stand-up comedian, writer and actor. He was born in Croydon, to two Nigerian biochemists. The name Idris is a reflection of the Islamic faith held by his father. However, Ola is a Christian and so Christianity plays a prominent role in his comedy. Ola’s first performance was for the Aston University African-Caribbean Society, in Birmingham, December 2006. He is said to have thrown himself in the deep end, with no written material, when he agreed to the show. However, a 10 minute set, written on the coach journey proved to be a great hit and the start of something big. So Ola embarked on a stand-up comedy as a hobby under the moniker “Don Number 1”, a name previously used in his days as a rapper and airbrush artist. He tore up his first recorded show at the London School of Economics ACS Cultural show in 2007 and began attracting attention to himself on the university scene. Further endeavours lead Ola to a couple of the worst shows of his life. However, after flopping twice at “Oh Sugar”, Ola insists he met an angel on the way to a performance in October 2007, had an epiphany, and has not had a flop since. The epiphany also led Ola to develop his own style and brand of comedy; capturing young black audiences with his niche of intelligent and edgy humour. Since then, Ola branched out into mainstream comedy. He came 2nd in an impromptu gong show at the Comedy Store and was a Semi-Finalist in the Laughing Horse New Act of the Year Competition 2008. Ola also adopted a simpler stage name of “Ola the Comedian”. Moving onwards and upwards Ola put together and performed his first 1-man special, entitled “21”, on 1st August 2008 (4 days before his 21st birthday). The DVD has received critical acclaim and stirred up plenty of interest. Aside from Stand-up Comedy, Ola also appeared in a stage production of “The Lion and the Jewel” by Wole Soyinka (Nobel prize winner). Ola has also been an anchor member of “The Jason Lewis Experience” team, appearing on the sketch DVD, in the MTV Base sketches, as well as being a writer. Described as “intelligent and very funny” by Richard Blackwood, Ola has received the respect of fellow comedians on the circuit, and the love of comedy fans in the UK. Having John Simmit’s (Teletubbies) interest converted to a mentor relationship, Ola has flourished. In addition, Ola has received love from some of his favourite US Comedians including Marc Theobald (Chappelle Show), Tony Woods (Def Comedy Jam) and Roy Wood Jr. Even in the face of adversity, including the one show where he was stabbed by an offended audience member, Ola has continued to push the game forward in a way no one else has. His debut single, “7-Day Underwear” looks set to be a Youtube hit once the video has been shot. With so much promise, Ola the Comedian is definitely one to watch.


Real Deal Comedy Jam - February 2010, Nottingham