If you’re tuned into Kenya’s vibrant stand-up comedy arena, the name 2mbili has likely crossed your radar. Since his entrance into the comedy industry a few years ago, he has emerged as a central figure in the community, bringing his unique flavor of humor to the forefront.
His journey to success, however, wasn’t without its challenges. From the rough life of an Internally Displaced Person (IDP) to the harsh reality of being a street child, 2mbili’s story is one of resilience and triumph. Today, he stands tall, a testament to how determination and talent can pave the way to success.
With his own comedy YouTube channel, aptly named 2mbili TV, he has found a platform to showcase his comedic prowess. Through engaging and entertaining videos, he has garnered a devoted following, proving his mettle as a content creator.
WoK had the privilege of catching up with 2mbili to delve into his comedic journey and his ascent to headlining his very own show, the immensely popular Celeb Ride. Here’s a glimpse into our conversation:
Tell us a bit about yourself
“I am 2mbili – a stand-up comedian, a parent, a content creator, and a TV and radio host.”
How was the pandemic experience for you?
“The pandemic, surprisingly, brought about some blessings. Virtual shows and stand-up gigs opened up new opportunities. The pandemic nudged me to create a YouTube channel – 2mbili TV. The response has been overwhelming, far exceeding my expectations. This journey began as an experiment, but it’s turned into a wonderful venture.”
Your journey from hardship to success is inspiring. Can you share more about it?
“Indeed, my journey wasn’t a smooth ride. Despite scoring well in my KCSE, I found myself doing odd jobs and even living on the streets. But I didn’t lose hope. I managed to rise from adversity and provide for my family. It’s a story of transformation and gratitude.”
Your rapport with ex-comedian Jalang’o is quite known. Can you shed light on that?
“Jalang’o is like a big brother to me. He supported me when I was struggling, back when he worked at Milele FM. His assistance made a significant impact in my life, and I’m forever grateful for his generosity.”
How has your journey as a comedian been in Kenya?
“The initial days were tough – relying on other people’s shows to make a living. But now, the comedy landscape has evolved. Almost every comedian has their own YouTube channel. This shift has created a community where we celebrate our unique comedic styles. However, stand-up comedy seems to be waning, with fewer events and many comedians exploring acting and other avenues.”
What advice do you have for aspiring comedians?
“My advice is simple: live within your means and focus on your journey. Don’t get caught up in online or societal pressure to flaunt wealth. I support four households through what I have. Comparison won’t get you far – work hard, and you’ll reach your goals.”
2mbili’s journey is a beacon of hope, showcasing how adversity can be turned into success through determination, creativity, and a dash of humor. As he continues to rise in Kenya’s comedy scene, his story serves as an inspiration for many aspiring comedians seeking their path to stardom.