Kenya’s leading standup comedian Daniel Ndambuki aka Churchill is poised to extend his popular comedy show that is currently aired by NTV Kenya to Rwanda.
According to Ken Waudo, director and producer of Churchill Show, negotiations with sponsors are on to have the show cross Kenyan borders to Rwanda.
“We hope to open the borders as far as stand-up comedy is concerned,” said Waudo. “The audience may not be familiar with the Comedy Knights if they come to Kenya, yet the Churchill Show may not seem the same.”
The show will give local comedians a platform to share experiences with guest comedians from other countries.
“We are to contact a few comedians from Kenya, Tanzania, Uganda, Burundi and entirely from Rwanda,” Waudo states.
The show’s organisers have already initiated the process and are in negotiations with various stakeholders to clinch required sponsorship.
Waudo said Nation Holdings Rwanda is one of the key sponsors of the show. He added that KCB Rwanda and Kigali Serena Hotel have also shown interest in partnering with other sponsors.
“We have not yet reached conclusions with the negotiations,” said Waudo.
Among those to be featured in the show in Rwanda, is the Comedy Knights group, a local stand-up comedy group.
Initiated in 2007, the Churchill Show nurtures talent in stand-up comedy as it features various aspiring and established comedians majorly from Kenya and guest comedians from other countries.
For years, it has picked up, receiving a number of awards in recognition and is rated as one of the most popular TV shows in Kenya.
The show was expected to start in December this year, but it will not take off because it has not yet acquired a potential sponsor from both Rwanda and Kenya, according to Waudo.
“We are hopeful to start in January next year,” he said.
To Rwanda and Burundi, the show will be a platform that will give a boost to the local comedy industry, which is still struggling to clinch sponsorship.
Comedy Knights, which has pioneered stand-up comedy in the country in 2011, has over the years registered popularity.
The group however suffered a setback this year due to lack of sponsorship, despite having nurtured homegrown stand-up comedians and the comedy industry in general.
The group has not featured for monthly shows they used to hold. The group has only made tours to Burundi in the recent past as a result of lack of sponsorship.
“We will be glad to partner with the Churchill Show as far as the raising of local talent in Rwanda and the region is concerned, which I believe is a promising venture,” Uwonkunda said.
SOURCE: THE EAST AFRICAN