British-Nigerian comedian Gina Yashere tells it the way it is. A
self-made star, Yashere illuminates the universe and brings one joke at a
time to educate the culture.
Born and raised to Nigerian
parents in London, Yashere began her journey to study engineering in
adulthood. Yet one day she wanted to make a move while working on
elevators. A young lady, naturally funny and charming, Yashere took
comedy to stand up and the rest became history.
moved to America in 2007 after much success in the UK to carry on her comedy career. She sold her first tv special a year later, Skinny B*tch,
to Showtime network. She had produced the whole experience herself and learned that she could be successful if she took the matter into her own hands and waited for none.
comedian's pace has yet to slow. She has been breaking records ever
since, becoming the first and only British comic to perform on the
legendary Def Jam Comedy. Sold to Starz's network its second comedy
special Laughing to America. Her new, Gina Yashere's The Standups that
premiered on Netflix came out in 2018.
Her passion for comedy
comes from the pleasure of making people feel happy and watching friends
and family entertained. Not only that, but it helps her to touch and
fill millions with laughter.
“I love that I’ve
seen so many countries and interacted with so many cultures, as humour
is universal,” she shared. “I also love that I haven’t had a day job in
Gina, proud of where she comes from,
uses the story of her life to reverently tell jokes and provide insight
into what it really means to be a British, Nigerian and lesbian
comedian. "Don't care what people say," she said, "Don't doubt
She describes the perfect life
for Nigerians in many of her comedy shows, many of which don't turn out
to be hers. Though she initially opted for a traditional direction, she
decided to follow her heart; which was a decision that her mother took
years to understand.
As it continues to pay
off, Yashere celebrates her culture on American television network CBS
as co-creator, writer, producer, and actor on the new hit show, Bob
Hearts Abishola. “We’re bringing authentic African culture onto
mainstream TV in America. Making history!”
series follows Bob (Billy Gardell), a prosperous business owner who, due
to the stress of managing his sock company, ends up in the hospital.
There he meets the hardworking and caring nurse Abishola (Folake
Olowofoyeku). Abishola moved from Nigeria to America for a better life
for her and her family and lives in a small apartment in Detroit with
two of her relatives. Yet despite the discrepancies, during his hospital
stay, Bob falls in love with her and is doing what it takes to win her
“This show brings people together.
Viewers are finding common ground with people they may not have thought
of in that way,” she says.
"Kemi," best friend of Abishola who also works with her at the hospital.
The team puts together realistic representation combined with big
family laughs. Recently added to her Resume with Bob Hearts Abishola,
Yashere is making history and transforming the face of comedy.
her brighter future than a day before, Yashere is looking forward to growth and development, staying true to her roots and her core beliefs.
“I’m working on a book about my life, thinking up more TV show ideas,
and will be at a comedy club or theatre near you as soon as this
apocalypse is over.”