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    • #33481 Reply

      Muwado Forums
      Keymaster

      Uncle Mo is a Ugandan Auto Engineer, Actor, Comedian & YouTuber that does commentary on Ugandan politics, society and other matters of interest. With some calling him the Trevor Noah of Uganda, his star has risen during the covid-19 pandemic and election season as his Youtube channel provided a much needed comedic take on affairs as the unfolded.

      Join the conversation with him this Friday 12th February 2012 at 02.00 pm EAT (but feel free to leave a question before then which he can respond to when the session starts.) as we chat with him about their hustle and what it means to them and life in general. You can participate by using the form at the bottom of the page to ask a question. To respond to a thread, hit reply on the contribution you want to comment on so it’s easy to follow.

    • #33498 Reply

      Roger
      Member

      Does he still do auto mechanics works??

      • #33522 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        Yes am a mechanic, it’s my “9-5”. Am texting you live from the garage hehehe

        • #33531 Reply

          Silas Sanyu
          Member

          Did you study engineering or you just found yourself with the love of taking cars about? Related, do you get much inspiration from the kaboozi in the garage. I imagine it must be as lit boda boda stage kb hehe

          • #33545 Reply

            Uncle Mo
            Participant

            I studied Engineering, at Kyambogo, graduated 2012.

            My inspirations comes from everywhere ?. It’s too many places. And yes the garage is one of them.

            But in this trade, after someone says something silly, you look for the funnier way they could have said it. When they watch the video they never even realize they gave birth to the joke???.

    • #33512 Reply

      Chloe King
      Participant

      Is he Single? (Seriously asking for a friend)

      • #33560 Reply

        Muwado Forums
        Keymaster

        Uncle Mo, don’t swerve this one. The ladies want to know…hehe. Nanti they said the way to a woman’s heart is to make them laugh. Related, has the attention now that you are becoming popular started affecting your normal existence?

    • #33514 Reply

      Muwado Forums
      Keymaster

      Welcome to the Kaboozi Session Uncle Mo. We shall begin with a simple one, have you saved up for bail money?

      • #33516 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        ????????
        I am banking on being saved by a hashtag. #FreeUncleMo
        But when writing I really try to sidestep some of these “landmines” that could get me into trouble. I try to steer clear of radical politics. Radical politics is quite the devil in this trade.

        • #33529 Reply

          Muwado Forums
          Keymaster

          Fingers crossed for you. The definition of radical seems to be flexible around here. Have you yet had reason to be worried by the reaction of some one you cracked a joke about?

          • #33556 Reply

            Uncle Mo
            Participant

            I go to church with Nancy Kalembe. We’ve not yet spoken but am worried about our first face to face???.

            Am also worried about Weasel and Rwamiti????.

            I can only hope.

    • #33517 Reply

      Muwado Forums
      Keymaster

      A quick google search shows you have done stand up comedy with some of Uganda’s veterans in the game like Pablo. With covid and all, it’s safe to assume that’s on break. Was the YouTube channel an avenue to keep on expressing yourself or have you completely left standup?

      • #33519 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        I have done stand-up comedy twice. Both were a result of winning the “Rotaract Comedy Fundraiser”. The winner would get to appear on stage for a comedy show. That’s when I got my first tryout. This was about 6 years ago. I wasn’t really sure I would consider diving in. So I never called myself a comedian till 6 months ago when I made the decision to start the YouTube channel.

        • #33527 Reply

          Nancy
          Member

          Tx for organising this Muwado. Uncle Mo (btw y Uncle. Why not Dzaddy Mo lol), you are such an inspiration. So, what made you decide to start the youtube channle? Let me guess, covid boredoom lol

          • #33554 Reply

            Uncle Mo
            Participant

            Uncle Mo is a nickname that was given to me by someone I used to tease calling “auntie”, Damalie Busingye, about 8 years ago. No one calls her auntie anymore, but mine “unfortunately” stuck.

            I really would have wished to be called cool stuff like Michael Jackson or Ziggy Dee, but that nickname had proper stuck so I used it as my stage name.

            I was idle, that’s a fact. And already had the idea to do this for years.

            The channel was only started coz a one Diana Ringtho, who’s my partner told me she could help me make videos of reviews for concerts I used to do on my Facebook page. A friend, Deon Sekiranda was the first person to tell me i should go for it.

            Damalie Busingye wrote my first two scripts and I started. I had no idea what I really wanted, but am glad we are here.

      • #33521 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        After I feel I have achieved a certain level of growth with this “Makanika from Kireka” guy then I shall sure bounce back for stand-up comedy

    • #33518 Reply

      Nyambura
      Member

      Uncle MOOOOOO…huge fan from Kenya here. Will your YouTube content ever cross borders to cover issues in the region and the rest of Africa. Seeing as you are already being compared to Treveor Noah, might as well, yes?

      • #33520 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        Yhoooo! Nyambura am crazy excited knowing you follow from Kenya!!! My plan is to get a regional reach. Or at the very least talk about Uganda with a regional perspective. I am creating with that in mind moving forward.

        Mob love

        • #33524 Reply

          Nyambura
          Member

          Mob love to you too and thanks for response. We are many fans here. Looking forward to when you start mentioning our issues 🙂

    • #33523 Reply

      Byagaba Roland
      Keymaster

      Mo, what’s your process for a video. Do you write all your jokes, who shoots the videos? Are the random scenes in the video like porridge being delivered also scripted?

      • #33532 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        The first thing is the press/media. It feeds me the stories. Most stories in Uganda are really exciting, but again I can’t come to tell you something you already know. So I look for “third eye” inspiration. If I can come up with an angle not exhausted by the press I start writing around it. This angle is the “art”. If it don’t come to me, the story in just exciting, but useless to me??.

        Then I write, I script everything. My DOP, Diana. K. Ringtho demands that. She’s not a fan of surprises, if there’s one, it better be very good ???. I also bounce my script off a few other people. When they say yes we shoot. Then editing starts. This takes a minimum of two days, the last video took 5.

    • #33525 Reply

      Odoki John
      Member

      Uncle Mo, vele happy to be chatting with you here. As someone interested in giving this YouTube a try once I have colected the confidence, have you always been comfortable in front of audiences. ALso, your videos are very high quality…are you earning from them yet. How do you fund the production

      • #33533 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        First am very glad you follow my content. And I shall tell you the same thing some guy Moses Serugo told me, JUST START.

        Funding is very complicated, but it’s easier if you can first get a concept easy to sell. A crew would be very happy to subsidize or partner.

        I partnered. My crew is one person, she came on as a partner, I sold the idea to her and promised we would make money ???, then she said yes. Lucky for us, a month ago the channel got monetized. So now we can only work as hard as we can.

        Otherwise you have no choice but to buy equipment.

    • #33526 Reply

      Ronah Agaba
      Participant

      HIIIII. What does Uncle Mo get up to when he’s not in the garage or making us laugh? What are your other interests/hobbies/past times? PS – never stop doing this…you are have become my best source of news.

      • #33535 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        Yaaaaaaaaaay! Thank you Roman. I shall remember to keep on!!!!

        When not at the garage or making videos am writing, I also enjoy to sing, I sing in church also with a group of buddies in a band called Band Aid. I love lots of TV too. I also enjoy family time.

    • #33528 Reply

      Nancy
      Member

      Also, what’s you favourite joke youve written? Which comedians do you look up to internationally and locally.

      • #33536 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        My favourite joke is in the video called “My opinion on the Ham Vs DTB saga”. It was an improvised line, “Before the case you lost” I laughed till tears came. Right there on set, they just cut it out.

        Three international guys, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock and Trevor Noah. In Uganda I adore the strides guys like Salvador, Kansiime and Pablo have made. Those guys are big acts in the region and it takes A LOT of hardwork. I hope to work that hard.

    • #33530 Reply

      Muwado Forums
      Keymaster

      Your bio includes actor. Which projects can we catch you in? And how serious are you planning to take that career direction?

      • #33538 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        Love Faces, Bed of Thorns, In the Neighborhood all Ugandan movies. Shows like Deception, Power of Legacy, both on NTV, Coffeeshop on Urban TV and a couple of stage productions.

        I enjoy acting. When the role and script are right, am always excited to jump on. So yes that course of things is still active. I hope for a challenge at a bigger space.

        • #33542 Reply

          Muwado Forums
          Keymaster

          You man, seems the creator forgot the tap open when he was giving you creative talents. Do you have an order of preference for all these different pursuits of yours? Do you enjoy doing some the most and which ones are you doing just because they come easy to you?

          • #33547 Reply

            Uncle Mo
            Participant

            Hahahahahaha stop being funny now ??

            Priority is the garage and writing scripts. My channel has 16 videos now, but I have 7 scripts that never got acted.

            Everything else is secondary to those two.

    • #33534 Reply

      Silas Sanyu
      Member

      Elo elo. Me I just wanna know what funny thoughts have crossed your mind today.

      • #33539 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        Was watching the Ongwen ruling and couldn’t stop noticing how healthier he looks. I want to be indicted.

        • #33546 Reply

          Josh Mwesi
          Member

          I thought the same thing when I first saw before and after pictures which must mean I should also start my career in comedy lol.

    • #33537 Reply

      Silas Sanyu
      Member

      One more from me, you seem like a chill guy that looks on the lighter side of life but what are the things that really piss you off. Like when was the last time you were mad and what caused it?

      • #33543 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        I rarely show when pissed.
        The only time I show is when I have a bad team player. I don’t enjoy clumsiness on my team. ??? Both for garage and for the art. I don’t like people that do half attempts period. It makes me climb up a wall backwards.

        • #33552 Reply

          Josh Mwesi
          Member

          A focused man. I like. On a side note, does anyone going around calling you machanica wange? lol

    • #33549 Reply

      Josh Mwesi
      Member

      Hope I am not too late for this. Uncle Mo how easy was it convinving the parents to allow you to pursue this career. You know how our african parents can be about creative careers??

      • #33550 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        My parents would only listen to it coz I had a job.

        But trust me I can’t wait for it to pay more than my day job so other parents and young people can feel different about talents in this country.

        It would make me happy to achieve that.

        The biggest win is influence.

    • #33551 Reply

      Byagaba Roland
      Keymaster

      Mo, are you happy with the state of the creative industry here? What would you change about it if you have that kind of power? Like, one of the things I like about your videos is how they are very tuned to the local context. The setting, the expressions, the pucnhlines…all very Ugandan and relatable. I personally would want to see more of that.

      • #33557 Reply

        Uncle Mo
        Participant

        Quoting monitor scribe and arts enthusiast Kaggwa Myga Andrew, “The creative industry of Uganda will not be saved by associations, but by the people ready to take matters into their own hands”

        That’s the only hope for growth in my opinion too. Stuff is for reaching and taking.

        I am happy knowing someone is looking out for my next release. Thank you!

    • #33553 Reply

      Muwado Forums
      Keymaster

      Uncle Mo, you have given us 2 hours of your time. Thank you very much for doing this and sharing your story with us. Not sure if there are more questions coming through but feel free to sign out when you are done answering the current set.

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