“We Are Like Jesters In The king’s Court” – OB Amponsah talks about touching on sensitive political matters as comedians

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Ghanaian comedian OB Amponsah has likened comedians to “Jesters in the Kings court” due to their ability to touch on sensitive political matters and make light of them.

In an interview on Class 91.3fm with Nana Kwesi Asare on “The Big Show”, OB Amponsah explained why he believes comedians should not shy away from discussing politics in their material. He said, “Comedians are like jesters in the king’s court. We are the ones who can say the things that no one else can say. We can make fun of the politicians and make them see through us some of the things they make us go through. And we can do it in a way that makes people laugh”.

OB Amponsah’s analogy of comedians as “Jesters in the King’s court” highlights the delicate balance that comedians navigates when addressing sensitive political matters in their work. Historically, jesters were figures of entertainment who had the freedom to criticize and satirize the powerful without fear of reprisal. This immunity allowed them to provide a unique perspective on the political and social landscape of their time.


Comedian OB Amponsah

Similarly, comedians can use their art as a platform to address important issues, challenge authority, and provoke thought without the fear of censorship or punishment. Comedy can be a powerful tool for raising awareness, sparking dialogue, and driving social change.

OB Amponsah’s comparison highlights the responsibility that comedians have when using their platform to address sensitive political matters. Like jesters in the King’s court, comedians must be mindful of the potential impact of their words and actions and ensure that they are contributing to a constructive and informed dialogue.

Despite the potential pitfalls, OB Amponsah believes that political comedy is an important form of expression. “It’s a way for us to hold our leaders accountable,” he said. “It’s a way for us to make them see themselves in a different light. And it’s a way for us to make people think about the issues that are important to them.”

However, this role also comes with risks. Comedians who address sensitive political matters may face backlash, criticism, or even censorship. They may find themselves blacklisted, boycotted, or denied opportunities. Despite these risks, many comedians continue to use their voices to speak out against injustices and advocate for a better world.

OB Amponsah’s comments come at a time when political satire is increasingly under attack around the world. In some countries, comedians have been arrested or even killed for making jokes about politicians. But Amponsah believes that comedians should not be silenced. “We have a responsibility to speak truth to power,” he said. “And we have a responsibility to make people laugh.”

OB Amponsah’s analogy reminds us of the importance of artistic freedom and the role that comedians play in society. By embracing their role as “Jesters in the King’s court,” comedians can help to create a more just and equitable world.

Enjoy the interview below

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