Abidjan 'Festival of Laughter' celebrates African stand-up comedy

Screen grab
Screen grab FRANCE 24

Comedians from across French-speaking Africa are at the Palace of Culture in Abidjan this weekend for the fifth-annual Festival of Laughter, an event that aims to promote stand-up comedy on the continent.


This weekend, Abidjan is Africa’s “Capital of Laughter” — or at least, that’s the goal of comedian Mamane, the organizer of this weekend’s Festival of Laugher in the Ivory Coast capital.

Mamane, known for his political skits, envisions the festival as a venue to celebrate African humour and to make comedy a recognised career path.

FRANCE 24’s Valériane Gauthier, Thaïs Brouck, and Camille Nedelec report.

Daily newsletterReceive essential international news every morning

Take international news everywhere with you! Download the France 24 app