COMEDY WARS: Media Houses Go After Each Other’s Throat

By: Kohadha Roy Ogolla

With the still birth promises on the return date of the hit stand-up comedy show, “Churchill Live”, the industry is headed to a looming war as media houses have decided to capitalize in the confusion that has gripped the long overdue return of the Dan Ndambuki aka Mwalimu King’ang’i led comedy show to launch their own imitations of the same.

The return of show which aired its first and second seasons on NTV has been shrouded in mystery with accusations and counter accusations between the Producers, Cinematic Solutions and NTV with other fingers pointing at Al Is On Production as the wage between the three; NTV, Cinematic and Churchill (The Brand).

As the cold wars continue and the return still a mystery, another comedy show came up courtesy of The Standard Group, the Konya Kona Comedy Nites”, held every first Monday of the Month at Hilton Hotel. Led by Zebedayo Mshamba and Jalang’o, the Kenya Kona quickly gained popularity and soon enough, the Standard Group gave an offer for the show to be aired on KTN.

Word has it that while the negotiations were still on the offing, Citizen TV did what it does best… “Snatching Great Ideas”; the Managing Director of Royal Media Group, Wachira Waruru, is understood to have made a hard to resist offer to the Kenya Kona Comedy Crew that saw a quick pen to paper modalities leaving the KTN deal stale.

Not wanting to be beaten, KTN then decided to contact the new “kid-on-the-bloke” Eric Omondi’s younger brother, Fred Omondi and made him the offer initially meant for Kenya Kona. The deal has now given birth to “The Crazy Comedy Show aired every Wednesday evening on KTN and has a monthly comedy night show now moved to KICC Arbaderes Hall also on the first Monday of every month.

Though not official the Kenya Kona Comedy which is now sponsored by Citizen TV will be making its debut on Citizen TV in October. The war drums have been officially sounded, with both Kenya Kona and Crazy Comedy Show set for their monthly comedy nights this week within a distance of one kilometer apart.

In the meantime, NTV which believed to be in negotiations with Churchill and are desperate to have his show back on air could not help but goof with yet another slapstick comedy show “The Comedy Club” headed by JB Masanduku Jnr. with the sister station, QTV , still keeping strong with the out of favor MusiComedy Mr. Kajairo.

We at ET have our eyes firmly set on the industry and will keep you informed on who will blink first…

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