The journey started 10 years ago as some would put it, as a joke. But for Patrick Idringi aka Salvado a qualified Telecom Engineer, it wasn’t a joking matter when he quit his juicy job at MTN Uganda as Switch engineer to pursue his dream career as a comedian.
It all started in 2009 when Idringi (reluctantly) registered to take part in a reality comedy competition organized by Multichoice Africa called Standup Uganda where he finished second behind Kenneth Kimuli aka Pablo. The then young engineer had already built a reputation among his peers for being extremely humorous and funny (literally).
Although he had a short stint on radio at 91.3 Capital FM, the budding comedian in 2011 also resigned to concentrate on comedy to join the likes of Pablo, Alex Muhangi, Daniel Omara, and Anne Kansiime where they transformed and revolutionized standup comedy to professional level.
After consistently improving his craft over the years, Salvado rose to international standards and started getting gigs from all over the continent and eventually across the globe. He is particularly a darling in West Africa where Nigeria has become his second home.
In the process he made friends with some of the crème de la crème of comedy in Africa in the likes of Basket Mouth, Klint Da Drunk, Eddie Kadi, Carl Joshua Nqube and Eric Omondi gracing some of the biggest entertainment and comedy shows in the world like Night of 1000 Laughs in Kenya and Nigeria, Kings of Comedy Kigali, Presidents of Laughfrica Malawi, Glo CAF Awards, Standup Africa South Africa, Lord of the Ribs Nigeria, One Africa Global Comedy Fest in Dubai and Johannesburg international Comedy Festival among others.
After rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest stars out there on those shows, he decided to start his own back home in Kampala dubbed ‘Africa Laughs’ where he hosts some of his international friends to share the same stage alongside local talent. A first of its kind in the region and five editions later, the rest is history.
Although he had learnt a lot from his mentors and grandfathers of comedy in Uganda like Amooti, Meese, Kapere, Paddy Bitama and MC Kapale, Salvado also became the first comedian to organise and host a one-man comedy show ‘Man from Ombokolo’ in 2017 which was very successful and since has been holding regularly.
Back to the super triple celebrations that happened on Valentine’s Day at Kololo Independence grounds on Friday, the man from Ombokolo who was also celebrating his 35th birthday and the launch of his sponsors Singleton 18-year old was once again at his rib-cracking best.
Known for cracking socially-conscious jokes based on true life experiences, Salvado in his 45-minute stint dug deeply into his travel extravaganzas, tales of family, marriage, politics and memorable social interactions.
He painted a vivid picture of a scenario where local flights are cancelled crudely as compared to international flights where the clients are treated nicely and even booked in a hotel. If it was Uganda Airlines, they would first of all, not know at the clearance desk whether the flight was cancelled then send you back home to report the next day on Boda boda since “you just live nearby here in Kyaliwajjala”.
He also narrated the ordeal of meeting the president and making a list of demands. However, after cramming all points, they got lost on seeing the president and only ended up saying “everything is okay”.
Earlier his international colleagues also proved why they are on another level as they cracked guests to tears with jokes centered on their travel escapades. Alfred Kainga (Zimbabwe), Eric Omondi (Kenya), Eddie Kadi (DR Congo), Kenny Blaq (Nigeria) and Mpho Popps (South Africa) were all impressive on the night.
They provided the moment of the night with a surprise birthday cake for the man of the evening as they sang ‘Happy Birthday to you…’ on stage. Salvado at this moment could not hold back his tears as images of his parents wishing him a happy birthday played on giant screens.
Our home talent Daniel Omara, Prince Emma, Ronnie Mc Vex, Agnes Akite and Madrat & Chicko must have learnt one or two things after they also did their part in warming the stage with interludes from, Levixone , Eddy Kenzo and Bebe Cool.
The historic night that also saw the son of Westnile being the first comedian to host a show in Kololo was crowned by yet another stellar performance by Tanzania’s Konde boy Harmonize.