Entertainment of 2013-12-23

My wife taunted me to go back to comedy - KSM

Kwaku Sintim Misa, comedian, actor, TV host and playwright has pinned down his success in theatre to a challenge his wife threw to him after he returned to Ghana.

KSM revealed his wife taunted him back into comedy which he appeared to have abandoned for radio. He was recollecting highpoints of his career on Multi TV's Tarzan's Take last Sunday.

KSM told Tarzan of his promising start in acting inspired by his sister Ghanaian actress Joyce Anima Misa Amoah. " I used to follow her when she was going for rehearsals at Drama studio at the University of Ghana", he said.

Enamored by theatre, he pulled off a play by writing, producing and acting out a solo performance in 1976 titled 'Mellow Madness'. He played all five characters.

KSM later travelled to the United States to study for a major in acting and directing at Trinity College in Connecticut, USA. He subsequently earned a Master of Fine Arts in film production from New York University.

But after returning to Ghana in 1997, the comedian and playwright ventured into radio.

"When I came back there was a bit of a break ..because of circumstances I decided to do some radio"

He hosted Talk Shop, a dialogue on controversial national issues on Vibe FM. Despite its success, the ace comedian's wife had other ideas of what his personal success should be.

"Two years later, my wife said you [kraa] you have forgotten all your acting. You have now become a radio man... I don't know whether she was taunting me to remind me that I have a craft"

But that brief dare pushed the decorated theatre man into thinking seriously about his craft.

"That inspired me to write the Saga of the Returnee, out of her daring me", he confessed.

After finishing the script in a couple of months, he produced 'the Saga of the Returnee' and it turned out to be an instant success.

The CEO of Sapphire Ghana Limited, a media content development company admits that to date, that play was the most successful he has ever done. He replayed it 13 times and all sold out.

He went on to do 'Afia Siriboe', and Politically Incorrect where KSM’s live performances use comical characters to illustrate the key social, economic and political issues concerning Ghana.

KSM has also created what has become one Ghana’s most popular talk shows: Thank God It’s Friday (TGIF).

It was the first broadcast of its kind to fuse serious talk, education and humor. Since its inception, the show has featured gripping stories from entrepreneurial street vendors, dancing presidents, pioneering scientists, leading artists, and many more exciting characters.

KSM recently won the Radio and Television Personality Television Entertainment Show Host of the Year (2011) for his work with TGIF.