In Summary
  • Eric Omondi is one of the hardest working celebrities in Kenya.
  • Lots of new comedians have popped up over the years but none of them has managed to pull the crown from his head.
  • He has made it clear that everyone else can fight for number two - number one is his to keep.

It’s hard to be consistently funny.

My cousin is an expert at triggering laughter but even he has those moments when he says something and we are like, “No. That’s not it. This time you should have just kept quiet man.”

Eric Omondi has those moments too but they are scarce. He is a rare kind of jokester who is blessed enough to be effortlessly hilarious – no forcing.

When one of his posts appears on your feed, you start laughing even before checking it out. His appearance alone elicits mirth. He could talk about sand and still have me on the floor in stitches.

Funny aside, he is one of the hardest working celebrities in Kenya.

Eric Omondi performing during the Night of a Thousand Laughs on June 7, 2014. PHOTO | FILE

Eric Omondi performing during the Night of a Thousand Laughs on June 7, 2014. PHOTO | FILE

Ever since he broke into the scene about 10 years ago, he has remained dedicated to giving his fans the best end product possible. He has been characterised by a work ethic that cannot be equalled by anyone.

Since his days at "Churchill Show" (it was "Churchill Live" back then), he has never slowed down. He has kept on moving at top speed like a Bugatti Chiron being driven by famous British petrol-head Jeremy Clarkson on a test track.

In every industry, new talents emerge all the time, making it increasingly difficult for those at the top to remain there. This has never applied to Eric.

Lots of new comedians have popped up over the years but none of them has managed to pull the crown from his head. That’s because he hasn’t allowed them to. He has made it clear that everyone else can fight for number two - number one is his to keep.

Eric acting as a model. PHOTO | FILE

Eric acting as a model. PHOTO | FILE

Fame can be fleeting so building your craft should be the most important thing. People with insane work ethic tend to stay at the top longer because most of the competition doesn’t work as hard.

Eric Omondi is such a person. He is an entertainer who you can’t ask the question “What do you have for us today?” That’s because he always has something for us today.

BOUNCING BACK

It takes a special breed to stay winning. Eric has never stopped adding fuel to the engine that fuels his development as an entertainer. He always tries to top what he did before.

He also knows how to rescue himself from looming disaster. During periods when he was crucified by critics and it looked like his reputation was in jeopardy (see the kids scandal), he still managed to make people laugh as a powerhouse again (see his current tour all over the country).

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