There have been rumours that there is a silent rivalry between top comedians, Basketmouth and AY. As both humour merchants are big brands in the industry, many believe that the rivalry is based on ego issues.
Last Easter Sunday, Basketmouth, looking very casual, was spotted at the lobby of the hotel where AY’s annual Easter show was held. So many people had thought Basketmouth came for the show and most of his fans who also came for the AY show, stopped by him to take pictures with him.
But just after he exchanged banters with his fans and took pictures with them, the comedian got into his SUV and zoomed off! He didn’t come back. And of course, it made so many people believe indeed, there is a certain ‘beef’ between the comedians.
But in an exclusive chat with Saturday Beats, Basketmouth denied the rumour saying he had no problems with AY or his show.
However, when he was asked why he had to leave the venue even without entering the hall, Basketmouth said that he could not be at the show because he was not billed to perform and that he had another gig on that day.
“I was not booked to appear at AY’s show. My name was not publicised as part of the people to be at the show. It is not about comedians being united; AY did his show and never mentioned that Basketmouth would perform, so why would people expect me to be there? It doesn’t make sense.”
When Saturday Beats asked Basketmouth why he had to be at the venue if he knew he wasn’t going to enter the hall, he said:
“It was just a coincidence that I was at the venue of the show while it was ongoing. I could not even be a guest at AY’s show because I had another gig on that day I was rushing off to.
The way we think in this country is very funny. You go to the market to buy a Mercedes and hope to get a Rolls Royce engine, it is not possible. They sold a product and said that some people would perform, so why should people expect that I would be there? There is no beef between AY and I. I am an easy going person and I’m very cordial with everybody,” he said.