Successful YouTubers in this generation make a lot of money and comedians are among the best performing individuals on YouTube. Getting enough subscribers to earn good money is a tough journey but it’s usually the only way for comedians to monetize their art. There are hundreds of comedians on YouTube trying to make it big. Only a few have gotten to a point where they can live off their comedy. Below is a list of the most successful Kenyan comedians on YouTube.
1. Henry Desagu – 550k subscribers
He calls himself the prince of Mwihoko. Among his distinctive features are his Kikuyu accent and his love for kitenge shirts. When he was starting out, he used to create multiple fake accounts on YouTube which he would use to comment on his videos to give the illusion of popularity among viewers. Today, however, he effortlessly gets tens of thousands of views within days of releasing his videos. You will find his videos every now and then on the trending list. Below is one of the most popular Desagu videos, with 2 million views in 10 months.
2. Eric Omondi – 509k
Eric Omondi is the king of Kenyan comedy in the eyes of many people. The fact that he is second on this list only highlights just how successful Desagu has been. Eric, who is also the second most followed Kenyan on Instagram, started out on the Churchill Show and has consistently built his brand to become a top comedian not only in Kenya and East Africa but also on the continent. He won a continental award for comedy and used that to give himself the title of “President of Comedy Africa.” He is keen on fulfilling his presidential duty of entertaining Africans. His latest project towards that is the controversial Wife Material show, which had been stopped but is expected to resume this May.
3. Flaqo Raz – 346k
Flaqo is most widely known for his “Otis” and “Mama Otis” videos, which are much loved and often go viral. The most remarkable and perhaps the most attractive thing about Flaqo as a comedian is that he can play up to five characters in one of his skits. A typical Flaqo video will involve witty and comic exchanges among Otis, his mother and his father with Flaqo playing all three roles. If you don’t know this and someone told you that the mother throwing slippers and insults is the same person as the son ducking and trying to run away, you would not believe it. Flaqo’s extraordinary creativity have seen him rise, especially during the initial part of the pandemic when people spent more time online.
4. Monk Kenyan Comedian – 302k
Monk has been immensely successful. One of his most popular uploads is a two minute video about an unusually faithful Kenyan man successfully withstanding an onslaught by a beautiful girl. It has an unbelievable 11 Million views!! Monk has capitalized on the experiences of young Kenyans and has become an expert at using relatable situations to draw laughs from his audience.
5. Mca Tricky – 275k
Mca Tricky first began cracking our ribs on NTV’s Churchill Show. His character was a street kid from Nairobi. He grew immensely popular and used this to build himself a platform online. He is one among the multiple comedians who have interned at Churchill’s show and gone on to make a successful career for themselves in the industry.
6. Sammy Kioko – 274k
Sammy Kioko is another one of Churchill Show’s alumni. He has made a name for himself in online comedy by recreating funny high school experiences. He has partnered with Mwalimu Tom, another comedian on this list. Together, they release comedy videos set in school. The show they run on YouTube reminds one of Tahidi High. It’s a high level production usually set in a very convincing school environment and with multiple extras. These videos are popular and have collectively gathered 16 million views on his YouTube channel.
7. Tales of the Crazy Kennar – 261k.
The Crazy Kennar makes his audience laugh by recreating funny social occurrences and making fun of various elements in society. A lot of his content is derived from the world of dating. For example, a popular video of his shows a lady and a man who are talking in a room, each with intentions that are the exact opposite of the other’s. In another video, an SDA faithful who has been heartbroken decides to drown his sorrows with fanta and multiple KDFs.
8. Alex Mathenge – 234k
Alex dresses up as a policeman and exploits all the weird and funny habits Kenyan police have to make his audience laugh. He has paired up with multiple comedians including Henry Desagu and Mca Tricky to released viral videos. Recently, in Ringtone’s alleged arrest which was staged as part of the publicity effort for an upcoming song, officer Alex was the police officer who made the arrest. He has even shot some comedy with politician Kalonzo Musyoka and has released a music video that has so far racked up 1.5M views.
9. Tom Daktari – 217k
Tom Daktari and Sammy Kioko were recently interviewed by Churchill. In the interview, they shared their experience and journey in comedy. Tom Daktari is most known for his role as the teacher alongside Sammy Kioko who plays a student. Together, this duo has released a lot of funny content based on high school experiences, putting both of them among the most followed comedians on YouTube.
10. Ujinga Za Victor Naman – 182k
Rounding up our list is Victor Naman and his stupid antiques, as his channel name suggests. Victor’s stupidity on YouTube has earned him over 30 million views on YouTube. On his YouTube home page, Victor has placed a video that he did imitating Raila in 2018. The video has only 445 views. On the same page is a video of him getting arrested that he did two years later. It has 1.3 million views. It’s a perfect way to summarize the excruciating journey that each of the individuals on this list has gone through to get to where they are.
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