One of the greatest American writers Mark Twain described writing humour as all about: “sitting behind the typewriter to bleed.”
By the remarks, Twain meant that the psyche that informed his humorous writings was not always as attractive.
In the same vein, comedians are known to be entertaining and all, but few know their favourite funnyman of funny-lady could be battling depression.
Comedian Eric Omondi has opened up about how societal expectations are driving upcoming comedians over the edge.
According to Omondi, many comedians in Kenya earn meagre pay and are struggling to meet their basic bills despite bearing big names.
He narrated that as he started on the much acclaimed Churchill Show, he was famous but broke.
Omondi revealed it things only improved after Daniel Ndambuki alias Churchill prevailed upon him to get a manager who was able to get gigs for him.
“If you are a public a figure with no steady income, chances are high that you will sink into depression. You have nowhere to go considering your celebrity lifestyle. It eats you up from within.
“I remember when I started featuring in Churchill Live, in the first five months, I was very famous but very broke. I could not walk in the streets. I would board matatus and many would think I was shooting an episode but in the real sense, I had nothing.”
Omondi’s remarks come in the wake of Njenga Mswahili’s death at Dagoretti.
Njenga was found dead on Thursday, November 7, in Ndonyo Market, Dagoretti South, after allegedly being hit by a train.
It was alleged the late could have taken his own life.
The comedian has since revealed that Mswahili had opened to him he was battling depression as he was going through economic times.
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