Patrick Idringi aka Salvador performing. Photos by Roderick Ahimbazwe
Standup comedian Patrick Idringi aka Salvador has surely taken heed of his critics. Or, let us say, he has learnt a lot from his numerous gigs on the several international platforms he has performed, going by what he delivered on his second edition of singleton “Man from Ombokolo” show that was held at Imperial Royale Hotel, on Friday.
Not that he left people rolling down the Imperial Royale aisles and yelping for ambulance services for ribs broken from the time he took to stage at 9:40pm, not really.
He earned his guffaws, yes, but that was not really the new thing about him.
There was something different about his material. It reflected maturity and lessons learnt. It showed us a man who went humble and decided to learn and listen to what they said about his past performances.
His audience was loyal and came in good numbers to fill up the lower tier of the venue. And Fenon events helped matters with excellent production set up.
The evening was teed up at 8:00pm by Dj Apeman’s one-hour performance mixing old and current numbers. After him came an acapella boy-group Harmonics who did their versions of Boyz II Men’s “End Of The Road” and Disney’s popular song “Hakuna Matata.” Then Janzi Band, Nutty Neithan and Ykee Benda followed with their musical performances.
Among the comedians that performed were Ronnie McVex as the host and Kenya’s stand-up comic Chipukeezy who regaled us with stories of the political tide in Kenya.
Salvador, dressed in a silk black African fabric top, red pants and black shoes started off his time aiming barbs at his relationship with tycoon Sudhir Ruparelia’s family, ripping apart his mother and Ombokolo people and a little bit of societal issues.
The Pan-African Comic nominee took his audience into a rollercoaster of well researched and rehearsed jokes, killing his fans for close to three hours. It was a good time.