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MUGAMBI NTHIGA AND PERES OWINO TO STAR IN A COMEDY WEB SERIES

Gerald Langiri
March 25 / 2013

Buni TV, the fast-growing video-on-demand site for African content, is releasing its first comedy series produced exclusively for the platform.“We at Buni TV believe that the future of entertainment is highly engaging, highly customized content produced with a specific audience in mind, just like what Netflix did with House of Cards,” said Buni TV CEO Marie Lora-Mungai. “A large section of Buni TV viewers comes to the site to watch The XYZ Show, and we wanted to give them more to enjoy.”

With 40 episodes bearing such evocative titles as What to Expect in Africa, The Cursed Kenyan, Sexual Olympics Academy, White Savior Inc or Pastor Tim’s Sunday Sermon, the Buni TV Comedy Series brings together exciting young talents from Kenya and Africa.

Mugambi Nthiga, best known as “Cedric” from Kenyan sensation NAIROBI HALF LIFE, is a film, TV and stage actor with experience on theatre stages and sets in Kenya, Philadelphia and New York City. Mugambi’s first audience was his mother and younger sister. He played the Little Drummer Boy in a school Nativity when he was five and killed it.Today, Mugambi can also be seen in the Mnet drama CHANGES.

Peres Owino is an actress, writer and comedian who has appeared in over two dozen stage plays, including her own play CUT which was shown at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. Originally from Nairobi, Kenya, she studied at the famed Groundlings improvisational comedy school and regularly performs at comedy clubs across Los Angeles. She is currently working with Isaiah Washington (GREY’S ANATOMY) on her documentary BOUND: AFRICANS VS AFRICAN AMERICANS. Peres has extensive experience navigating the travails of being an African actress in Hollywood, which is how she ended up doing some voice work on a small movie called INCEPTION.

Samba Schutte is a Dutch-Mauritanian actor, writer and comedian who was born in Mauritania, raised in Ethiopia and somehow ended up looking Indian. In 2006 he won the biggest national comedy prize in Holland, which was followed by a tour of international performances across Europe, Africa, Asia and The Caribbean. In 2011 he won the March Comedy Madness out of 64 of the best up and coming comedians in Los Angeles and was made a regular at The World Famous Comedy Store in Hollywood after his first audition.

Nick Troy is an actor, writer and comedian who started his professional career as the token white guy on the Swahili comedy TV series VIOKA MAHAKAMANI. Since then he’s worked extensively on stage & screen from Nairobi to LA, including in Amazon Studios’ cult favorite I THINK MY FACEBOOK FRIEND IS DEAD. Having lived half his life in Ethiopia and Kenya, this son of American missionaries who is fluent in Swahili, Sheng, and Kenyanese is basically a black man trapped into a scrawny white boy’s body.

The entire Buni TV Comedy Series will be released exclusively on www.buni.tv over the course of the next few weeks.

visit www.buni.tv for more information and to watch the series.

Source: Film Kenya.

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