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  • Posted On: 2013-08-14 00:00:00

It’s about time Kenyan comedians thought about having ghost-writers for their material. With all respect to Mr. Daniel Ndambuki and being a pioneer in the Kenyan Comedic scene, Churchill show is on a slump… truthfully, but since there is no other comedian in sight with a TV show to fight for TV time or traffic and thus give him a push to come on stage with better material we just have to put up with that.

Any Stand Up comedy fan should know Richard Pryor. Richard Pryor is the greatest of artists to ever hold a Mic PERIOD. Pryor is the Picasso of Stand up Comedy. From Observational, topical contemporary issues to witty storytelling with a little profanity here and there, one came out of the show not only relieved but also enlightened on what’s happening on the political and also social surrounding.


I am still waiting to see a One hour special by a Kenyan comedian that can tackle a variety of issues and not just tribal jokes, clown dressing and speaking in broken language.

The main point of humour is to provide amusement and provoke laughter but it also acts as a healer where one can relate to topics raised and help him build.  Sometimes all one wants is to get away from the norm or be encouraged that he/she is not walking alone (Liverpool fans can attest to this) that’s when the genius of stand up is appreciated.  Richard Pryor had a character for this- Mudbone. Mudbone experiences in life were satirical and surreal and on other moments shared insights about the mysteries of life.  Here’s what Mudbone had to say:

“Lived through hard times before, people talkin’ ’bout these are hard times. Hard times was waaaay back, and it was… they didn’t even have a year for it, just called it ‘hard times.’ It was dark ALL the time. I think the sun came out on Wednesday…. So I happened to be out there one Wednesday, and the sun hit me right in the face, and I grabbed a bunch of it – rubbed it all over myself. Cuz… I ain’t have nothin’ else.  Said… I might as well have some sun on my face.’ And, as time went on, I remembered it was Thursday… You better have some fun, and plenty of it…. There ain’t no point to it. Cause you didn’t ask to come to this motherfucker and you sure can’t choose how to leave! Cause you don’t know when you gonna go…So don’t take this shit serious.Better have some fun and plenty of it! Cause when the shit over and you ask for a recharge it’s too late.

I think most Kenyan comedians are afraid to step on peoples toes and touch on real societal issues and make jokes out of them. Maybe American stand up comics are profane and that is what also kind of makes them funnier but they know how to work their market. Kenyan comedians also should do so to stop being boring. Don’t be afraid to touch on an issue that is offensive. Make it funny and we’ll laugh but also ponder.

By Ronald Kelehi

kelehi@gmail.com

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