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Are Comedians Psychotic?

Taata Sam


Comedians are able to make people laugh because they often display characteristics usually found in people with schizophrenia or bipolar disorder, a research published in the British Journal of Psychiatry claims.
Their talent to amuse people lies in having unusual personalities and displaying what researchers say are high levels of psychotic characteristics, which are a link between madness and creativity.

“The creative elements needed to produce humour are strikingly similar to those characterising the cognitive style of people with psychosis – both schizophrenia and bipolar disorder,” said Professor Gordon Claridge from Oxford University’s department of experimental psychology. He is also one of the three co-authors of the findings.

The results are based on a study of how 523 comedians from the UK, USA and Australia described their own personalities and beliefs when they filled in a questionnaire measuring psychotic traits in people who are not troubled by mental illness. I’m almost sure that their findings would have been different if they had tested Africans.

They would conclusively confirm their fears. An average Ugandan has an understandable degree of humour and if they were to hand out the Oxford questionnaire to measure psychotic traits on us, they would authoritatively conclude that we are psychotic. Watch a standard news bulletin on any local TV and you will understand what I’m saying.

Better, walk on the streets and keenly observe what people are doing. You will notice some people shouting on top of their voices on phone, street preachers ministering to fast-moving cars; street children exchanging bitter words with drivers; taxi conductors calling passengers all sorts of good things to entice them into their vans; hawkers engaged in a marathon with city council authorities and boda boda cyclists undecided on which route to take. Such is the organised chaos that provides comic relief.

Comedians are just a mirror of society. They look at the serious side of what they are doing and tell it in a lighter way. The irony is that the audience laugh at themselves and attribute the madness to the comedian who took the trouble to observe what is happening in their lives.

Although the terms “psychosis” and “psychotic” often conjure ideas of frothy-mouthed killers and deranged lunatics, this report uses these terms to describe much less violent behaviours. The researchers said the belief that creativity is associated with madness has increasingly been researched by psychologists and psychiatrists, but “comedy and humour have been largely neglected”.

Claridge added: “Obviously not all comedians are like this, but the trend does seem these personality traits are more common. It is that idea of the sad clown.”

The research found stand-up comedians were different from other stage performers such as actors, because they were more introverted. I agree with this to some extent because most of the celebrated comedians I have interacted with are unbelievably introverts. Maybe that is why they are suspected to have high levels of psychotic personality traits.

To me, this research is just a manifestation that the funniest, most entertaining, people have different thought patterns from average people, and comedy is a form of medication. It handles depressing issues which, in a way, bring healing to the society.

Comedians have been granted the dramatic licence to lie. Of course, the cleverest comedians make sure their absurdly fictitious stories have the ring of truth. And indeed, many stories start as a true event, but just as a pearl starts as a grain of sand, a comedian will continually prod and polish an anecdote into something precious and far removed from the original fact. It may end up being hysterically funny, and even sounding true.

The illusion of truth is further fortified by interspersing fictitious stories with observations on events, which the audience know are true so they assume the stories in between are true as well. If this research is true, by any chance, then it is puzzling to know that comedians are successful because they have psychotic traits.

Have a laugh. I just did

By Halima Kiberu via UAH facebook group

Have a laugh. I just did.😂😂😂😂🤣🤣🤣🤣

A woman in Lira took her husband’s phone and checked his Facebook activities. She saw romantic chats with women. She sat down and thought of a way to separate her husband from the girls. She came up with a beautiful idea, without even the husband’s knowledge she came up with the following methods.
1. She copied all his chats with one of the girls.
2. She opened a new Facebook account with a male name.
3. She sent a friend request to the husband, he accepted the request.
4. She introduced herself to him. She said”I’m Rasta Jerry by name, a member of AL SHABAB. I saw all your chats with my wife. I want to warn you to stay away from her if you really want to remain alive. To clear any element of doubt, I have all the chats with me and here they are, you can see.
5. So, if you don’t stop chatting with my wife, I’ll slaughter you like a goat.
6. I know you. I know your name is Sande, your father’s name is Fred, your mother’s name is Joy, you have 3 children,Gift, Brenda and Isaac. Alfred is your best friend and Salim is your neighbor. You are a lecturer working at UNN. You also go to work 9.30am with your friend Alfred, you always follow University market road and you spend time together. I’m warning you if you dare call, text or chat with my wife again, I will slaughter you like a Goat as I said earlier.
The wife was close to him while he read the message. As he was reading it, he kept sniffing and repeating Ele Ele Ele ooo Ele oooo. She asked him what happened, he said nothing. He immediately deleted his Facebook and WhatsApp app and every other social media app.
The following morning, he went and sold the phone in the market and bought ordinary Nokia. He told his wife to always wake him when ever it’s time for prayers.
The woman said since that day, her husband has been observing prayers regularly and spending more time with the family.
Isn’t that better than settling the matter with a knife?😀😁😂??😁

Do Ugandan musicians and artists get any protection of the law with regard to copyright breach?

by George Okello via UAH forum

Madagascar Singer Lianah Plagiarizes Irene Namatovu’s Song

How much compensation did Iryn Namubiru get for breach of the copyright of her song Begombeko?. It is one of the greatest songs ever by a Ugandan musician, I love it, but it was copied by Lianah, the Madagascar super star below, all most tune for tune- the only thing different is she Lianiah substitited Malagasy for luganda. I hope Namubiru was not fobbed off with a few shillings, because I think Lianah’s the cover verson sold more than the original.

Iryn Namubiru

On the bigger question, do Ugandan musicians and artists get any protection of the law with regard to copyright breach? I got interested in this because a girlfriend of mine from Nairobi sent me a song by a kenyan musician, a song called Wi Polo (Heaven) , but this was actually a very famous song in Uganda sang by Pastor George Okudi about 5 years ago and the new version is selling like hot cake in Kenya.

Play the Namubiru song and you will she her song has been lifted almost completely without any change at all- the Madasgascar woman makes a better video of the song because Ugandan musicians still dont know how to make good videos to sell their songs.

Madagascar is probably like the Philippines where copy-cat musicians are more popular than the original singers. Making cover versions of popular songs is very common in the Philippines, and the singers who sing others songs are very popular and very rich. There are all sorts of compettions where people compete in singing popular songs and winners sometimes win up to 1 million dollars. And most bars play Karaoke or sing along rather than the actual songs- even if you have never sang in your life life before, your friends will force you to climb to the stage and to sing a song. Mat be Madasgascar is like the Philippiines where nobody cares about copyright. But she sells her songs in France where she lives. That’s why I think the Ugandan musicians should take her seriously because in the Namubiru song, I am told she recieved royalties of $2.5 million!!!! I don’t think Iryn made that by selling her song only in Uganda.

Lianah actually does not need to plagiarise. She is a very successful musician in her own right- she is a genuine super star.In her defence, she said she was helping to promote black African music by putting wonderful songs like Begombeko by Iryn Namubiru on a world stage, without her, Begombeko would have remained listened to only in Uganda, but her cover version of Wala Wala has sold the song world-wide. That argument may hold water, but what about the royalties? I am not sure what Namubiru and Kanyomozi have done or intend to do to protect their songs. I suspect they may not be able to do anything, especially if they sold away their rights to their producer or promoter as often happens with budding musicians- they sign contracts that make them slaves to their producer or record company almost for life- so the company can sell the rights to anyone they want. I think this is highly likely to have happened.


By Mayimuna Nabagereka

coop on Scoop presenter, Mary Luswata, isn’t a member of UAH yet but she is known for dissing everyone on Urban TV.Luswata is her father’s name while Mary is her Mother’s name but I don’t know where and when she was born.She started working with Vision Voice now Xfm when she was still at University as a kids’ show host. She did a request show on the same station for about a year until New Vision started the English TV station and she was stolen from radio to TV. She did the breakfast show for 2 years before scoop started.Her scoop now airs between 9pm to 10 pm daily on Urban TV.

she was a student of Makerere University doing Tourism which apparently she did not complete according to the campus bee website.Her stale gossip started way back from campus. All she did was gossip in class about fellow coursemates, lecturers, which student is sleeping with a lecturer and tycoons, a former coursemate reveals. Consequently, she accumulated retakes and just decided to save her struggling parents the burden of wasting their hard-earned money.
Several celebrities hate gossip queen, Mary Luswata over her criticisms about their lifestyles.On her very opinionated celebrity-gossip segment on Urban TV, Mary Luswata comes off as aggressive, malicious, loud and yes very bitchy.Some celebrities have come up in retaliation; Judith Heard met the Vision Group CEO Robert Kabushenga asking that the presenter be relieved of her duties. NBS presenter Doreen Komuhangi made news when she stormed Urban TV offices demanding to size up with Mary Luswata. Well, Luswata seems to enjoy the response from her victims, as she always returns and throws more disses at the celebrities that attack her.

She says she doesn’t date people in the media. She is on record saying that she sometimes smokes weed to keep herself going, and that she likes sex so much.

She has been through the hands (or is it beds) of several men, most notably a pastor who rejected her, broke her heart and left her with a stream of tears.Luswata and the pastor dated for four years.Luswata met the pastor while she was at University and for four years, they were lovers.

She says the current Miss Uganda is a shift from what Ugandans perceive as beauty. Luswata has tried several times to brighten her skin using products such as Makako soap, but some parts like her arms are still too black.

I love watching the Scoop but she should at least first verify her information and also use appropriate language when saying some things on air because these things last long and will always haunt you as a person. She was denied a chance to represent Uganda in the Big Brother Africa house because of her big mouth. I have never seen a woman who contributed to cultural degeneration in our country like Mary Luswata.

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