In 2016, fledgling comic Yomi Black experimented with celebrity-featured skits, a variety of digitized comedy that has become pop-culturally omnipresent these days. Some of these skits had modest reception, but the breakthrough came for Black via the viral success of Sunday and Lolade, a skit featuring actress Kiki Omeli and Black himself.
Adapted for the big screens in 2017, and a splashy premiere to boot, Sunday and Lolade broke the digital conventions that regulated its creation. And now, Black is properly leaving the margins of YouTube and Instagram comedy and pushing himself to the centre of television. Back in February, Black announced Room 420, a 12-episode television series starring a host of names like MTV Shuga Naija star Timini Egbuson, Jide Kosoko, and Toni Tones.
Room 420 follows the story of the fictitious Inland Hotel and the sexcapade of its politician guest Kola Diya (Kosoko). But first we see Tolani (Theresa Edem) walking down the hotel hallway and checking into a room, and we hear her thoughts go, “Tolani, you are actress and this is your act.”
Quite ominous. But her conversation with her boyfriend Jolomi (Egbuson) about a man, (does Jolomi know that the man is the philandering Senator Diya?), and his penis size is amusing. It all feels like Jolomi is pimping Tolani away. In a darkened room with the spotlight on her, she dances stripper-like for Senator Diya’s entertainment.
Room 420 plays with the tropes of a whodunit, as detectives investigate the murder of someone presumably shot by the politician. Toni Tones, as the wife of Kola Diya, comes in with a whirlwind of drama. No surprise there. Though at this point, Tones might need to start worrying a tiny bit that she is starting to get typecast. Might be time to shake off this ‘drama quotient’ designation and expand her repertoire.
No official premiere date has been announced. But you can watch the trailer below.
When Bernard Dayo isn’t writing about pop culture, he’s watching horror movies and reading comics and trying to pretend his addiction to Netflix isn’t a serious condition.