It is no secret that comedians are making it to the list of top earners when it comes to income generated from the entertainment and comedy industry in Kenya.
Comedy has lately overtaken music industry and comedians are now making more money than musicians. Comedy has not only overtaken music industry but comedians are also pushing journalists out of the media houses. You go to any radio station and you will find one or two comedians hosting radio show alongside the main show host.
The likes of Churchill, Eric Omondi and MC Jessey have made a name out of comedy and with the name money came along way.
Before we take a look at the list of top paid comedians in Kenya, it is worth noting that comedy has various streams of money comedians can tap from.
Comedians make most of their money through stand-up comedy, online platform advertisement, direct advertisements sponsorship deals and personal projects as well.
A good number of comedians have a day time jobs at various radio stations and TV stations where they host shows mostly morning shows or evening shows alongside main presenters. This and many more are just a number of revenue streams that have propelled a number of comedians to become millionaires.
Here is the list of richest Comedians in Kenya
Richest Comedians in Kenya
Daniel Ndambuki aka Churchill
Undoubtedly the father of comedy in Kenya, Churchill has managed to make a fortune through his Laugh Industry Company where he hosts a number of comedians. Churchill has laid a platform for comedians through his Churchill Comedy Show that has introduced so many comedians to Kenyans. A part from the millions collected from the entrance fees, Churchill cashes in lots of money whenever his show is aired on TV.
Churchill’s earnings does not end with the show airing on NTV as he also doubles up as a comedian where he hosts a morning show on Classic FM radio station alongside Maina Kageni. Apart from this, the funny man attracts a lot of direct sponsorship through advertisement deals.
From his humble beginnings from the Papa Shirandula Show back in the days, Jalang’o has risen up to the millionaire he is today thanks to his ever flourishing career. Jalang’o who currently host a morning Show at Kiss 100 alongside Kameme Goro has a big following and Covid-19 pandemic just made him open up more revenue streams when he launched the now famous Jalang’o TV.
Jalango is on record stating that he received over ksh.1.8 million as the first payment from his Jalang’o TV YouTube channel from Google alone.
Jalong’o reaps big through his YouTube Channel where apart from the Google Advertisement program, the funny many has inked several direct advertisement deals from numerous companies that translates to Millions of shillings. This has seen him become one of the highest paid comedian in Kenya. At Kiss 100 radio where he is currently working, his monthly salary is reported to be lucrative making him one of the top earners at the media house.
Jalang’o recently launched Jalang’o TV blog that is currently receiving high viewership generating monthly revenue that runs in Millions.
Eric Omondi is arguably the King of African Standup Comedy. From his humble beginnings at Churchill Show, Eric Omondi has gone ahead and built a brand name for himself. Eric Omondi attracts endorsements from various brands and sponsorship deals that has seen him rise to the millionaire that he is today. His consistent quality video skits on his YouTube Channel has also seen him earn more millions thanks to the large following he commands.
Eric has a huge following Outside Kenya as well in the standup comedy industry. In Tanzania he is usually accorded a Comedy King reception. His invitations usually attracts much bigger audience. Eric Omondi also earns lots of shillings from emceeing at events.
Inspector Mwala recently retired from his daily radio citizen morning show- Jambo Kenya where he had been a household name for years. From the show, Mwala was able to generate good revenue to a point he started his own show on Citizen TV- Inspector Mwala Show.
Mwala has also been able to generate a lot of wealth through advertisement deals. Mwala may literally be short but if he stands on his money he has accrued from his shows and advertisement deals, he will eventually be the tallest man around.
His show on Citizen TV continues to generate revenue for the celebrated funny man.
JayMo Ule Msee
Having registered Team Mafisi as an official organization, JayMo has attracted a huge following thanks to his viral YouTube skits mostly geared towards relationship chronicles and dating. JayMo recently narrated how he quit his high profile banking job to concentrate on comedy a move he says has paid off.
JayMo says a Ksh. 50,000 per month salary he was receiving at the bank saw him struggle in life and he was shocked when he realized that he could Make ksh.150,000 in aweek doing what he loves.
JayMo largely generates his earning through direct advertisement and content he creates through his YouTube channel. JayMo brands himself as a content creator.
MC Jessey is currently reaping big from his Jessey Junction show that has a large following on YouTube. Recently MC Jessey entered into a partnership with the Standard media group where he airs his Jessey Junction show making the show have numerous revenue streams.
Apart from what he earns through YouTube and KTN partnership, the show also generates millions for the funny man through direct advertisement where he advertises different products for companies.
Despite Covid-19 having put on hold his usual host job at Churchill Show, MC Jessey has gone a head and established himself as a force to reckon in the entertainment industry. Jessey also earns a lot of money from emceeing gigs as he is good at it.
From the Real House Helps of Kawangware to going independent, Njugush alongside his wife are a force to reckon in the comedy industry.
Njugush has been able to weather the storm and stand out as one of the most followed comedian in Kenya.
Njugush generates most of his revenue through direct advertisement deals, YouTube and emceeing. His comic YouTube skits has made Njugush to be one of the most sought after personality in the country.
MCA tricky is another Kenyan comedian that you cannot ignore. The funny man who also doubles up as a radio presenter at Milele FM has been able to make a name for himself in the comedy industry. From the humble beginnings at Churchill Show stand up comedy, MCA Tricky has rose to fame to be one of the most sought after comedian.
Apart from the earnings he gets from the radio hosting shows, Tricky generates substantive amount from his YouTube channel, direct advertisement and emceeing deals.
Desagu popularly known as the Prince of Mwihoko is a sensational You tuber who has managed to attract a huge following in and outside the country. Desagu generates most of his revenue from YouTube and last year he was awarded as the YouTube personality of the year.
Desagu also generates his earnings revenue from direct advertisement and promotion deals.
With his unique style of comedy, Flaqo has managed to attract a huge following and the guy is smiling all the way to the bank. Flaqo is able to play different roles and his way of bringing out various characters in a unique way makes him stand out. He is also big when it comes to advertisement and his advertisement deals with Communication Authority of Kenya (CAK) and Naivas were thrilling making him one of the highest paid comedians in Kenya.
Flaqo generates his revenue through direct advertisement, sponsorship deals and YouTube.