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Eric Omondi was born in 1985 and he is the second born in a family of four siblings. He is a brother to Fred Omondi(comedian). He is a stand up comedian, a brand ambassador for OLX Kenya, Dola Flour.
Comedian Eric Omondi is one of the best comedians in the country and he goes to great lengths to be funny even if it means dressing up in a school girl’s uniform or flexing his non existent biceps on camera and was recently voted as amongst the top 10 Africa funniest Men, he is largely popular from his appearance on Churchill show. He later left churchill to do his own show dubbed Hawayuni that aired in KTN, he also did somewhere in Africa and Untamed
Eric Omondi Education
Undergraduate student at Daystar University, Bachelor’s Degree in Mass Communication and Journalism
- On joining Daystar, had joined Christian Fellowship and was nominated and elected as a vice-chairperson in absentia but was called and told what happened. The school resolved to recall him and had him apply for a scholarship which he eventually scooped and won the full scholarship in the university that helped him graduate from the University after seven years since he joined after undertaking and completing his pre-university and then doing his undergraduate degree in 2006 and graduating in 2010.
Secondary school student at Kisumu Boys High School
Primary school student at Kondele Primary School
Eric Omondi as a comedian
Its in Kisumu Boys where his comedy skills thanks to his naturally talkative and never missed in the ‘noise makers’ list. Whether he was absent or present, he would be on the list that got him into sort of big trouble since anything he said came out as a joke. It was while in form three that he narrated some Indian movie he had watched to some classmates and it seemed enticing and more and more students converged around him as he narrated and imitated Indian accents and all the weird stuff.Unfortunately, the principal sneaked in and disguised himself among the students at the back but no one noticed. What followed was his parents were called to school and he was caned in turns:- by his parents, the principal, and some teachers all got a piece of him.
Erick Omondi on Jimmy Fallon Late Night Show
On 28th February Erick Omondi flew to US on a businesss mission, he is expected to perform in Las Vegas on March 3rd and 4th. He featured on The Tonight Show that is hosted by Jimmy Fallon making it to be the first Kenyan on the show. He took it to social media to share the blessings as he wrote.
‘Imagine one of your wildest dreams coming true…mine just did… Jimmy Fallon just said ‘All the way from Kenya, it’s Eric’ still waiting to wake up from this dream’
‘Wake me up when its all over. When you given that golden opportunity on that giolden stage so you do your favorite joke’
Eric Omondi Salary and Networth
Multi-Millionaire and comedian Eric Omondi is a true definition of a hustler;- emceeing, events, endorsement deals, product adverts like OLX, Own company, Radio presenter, TV Personality, Local and International comedian the guy has worked hard to be where he is today, being raked as amongst top respected comedians in Africa and most expensive.
Nevertheless its all play and laughter till the bank account starts smiling when on a good day he can make Shs 0.75 Million. Having joined the entertainment industry he has managed to pile a hefty chunk of an estimate networth of sh.30Million alias $350,000.
Eric Omondi Hobby
Eric unwinds by playing football and he is a die hard fan supporter of Manchester United with a sub conscious of pissing off Arsenal fans.
Eric Omondi Girlfriend
Eric Omondi is deeply in love with an italian Girl going by the name Shantel. The comedian recently revealed that the two met during the Kenya at 50 Show at Kasarani. The lady had come to specifically see Eric perform.
Shantel Grazioli is passionate in community projects and is planning on starting a beauty pageant.
“I really love this lady, not because she is beautiful but because of her personality, it’s rare to find a beautiful lady with an equally beautiful personality,”
Eric Omondi Role Model
Eric Omondi’s big, favorite and an inspirational role model is Will Smith thanks to his traits and principles for being very humorous comedies and in movies, with Eric dream is to follow the same footsteps of doing Comedy and later start an acting career.
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The Genius of Eric Omondi
For Eric Omondi, one of the biggest celebrity names synonymous with comedy in Kenya, the stand-up comedy stage has not only been a platform to continuously crack up Kenyans, but also a stepping stone to self-discovery and tremendous growth.
As with any successful comedian who knows the value of correct timing, last year, Eric decided to leave the Churchill Show. The show is sort of the benchmark for any comedian eyeing the big league.
As one of the best comedians in Kenya, Eric Omondi has already “made it”; still, it wasn’t an easy thing to do.
But it was a big decision that was going to further his journey in finding out what he wanted out of his career. With Daniel Ndambuki’s blessings, he left the nest and went to “fend for himself”.
“Did I leave?” he asks. “What do we call it because I didn’t quit. Let’s say I’m a first born, and I had to move out, that’s the best way to put it. Have you ever seen a 42-year-old man living with his mother? It’s very unattractive, I had to move out and build my own house, and I’m old enough now.”
Eric Omondi always knew he was funny; it is not something he brags about, hence it is not surprising that his first stage was in primary school at Kondele Lake Primary School during a parent’s day event.
His poem was a hit with the parents, and thus began his journey. But he recalls that at that early age, people thought he talked too much.
“I’ve been unconsciously doing comedy ever since I was a kid, I used to be called a noisemaker but in essence, it was comedy,” he says.
Even though making people laugh was always one of the things he wanted to do in life, Eric Omondi reveals that he desperately wanted to be a reporter.
After all, his years studying communication at Daystar University in Nairobi had prepared him to work as a reporter and, if he succeeded, moved on to become a news anchor, or so he thought.
However, with just one story in at NTV, his career as a reporter only lasted two weeks.
Omondi can’t help but laugh when he reminisces about his brief stint as a news reporter.
“I worked at NTV as a reporter for two weeks, I did one story after which they kicked me out. It was very bad. I was told I wasn’t good enough. I think I was there to find myself. People are supposed to do what they love, because then they can do it for a long time,” he says.
GOOD OLD EXPERIENCE
Eric Omondi chalks down his two-week journalism career to good old experience. Looking back, he realises it did not come as easily or naturally to him like comedy.
Throughout university, Eric Omondi had been doing comedy. Apart from being the drama club chairman, he had also appointed himself the unofficial college MC and would do stand-up comedy whenever he got the chance.
In 2006, he met Churchill (Daniel Ndambuki) who was doing Red Corner at the time. Like at any other event, he was the MC before Churchill got up to give a motivational speech.
It was at this point that Churchill discovered Omondi’s ability to make people laugh. He took his number and promised to get in touch with him, but since he took too long before communicating, Omondi gave up believing that Churchill would ever call.
Two years later, and true to his word, Churchill made the call.
That was the beginning of Omondi’s rise to fame and success that saw him as a fan favourite on Churchill Live until his departure last year.
“I’ve made it this far because of Churchill and the Churchill Live show. Maybe I would have made it without him but I can tell you for sure that I’m here today because of Churchill,” he says.
“So far, so good, until this moment, I think I have succeeded in terms of what I wanted to achieve. I’m happy where I am because I know I’ll get to where I want to be,” Omondi says.
Just a year after landing the Churchill Live show, lady luck once again smiled upon Omondi when he got news that he would star in his own comedy show, Hawayu, on KTN.
The show meant more money and higher status as one of Kenya’s leading comedians.
That too, like his journalism career, was a moment of fleeting excitement as the show was cancelled after one season due to poor ratings.
“It was one of the worst ideas because I was young and I wasn’t ready. I think God gave me that opportunity intentionally to teach me a few things. But it was also one of the best things that ever happened to me because without it, I wouldn’t be where I’m today.
It changed everything and I learnt a lot. I understood Kenyans, production and comedy as a whole. It was a good lesson,” he says.
Although there was so much negative feedback, it helped him understand his audience and craft more.
He also got major flop of a show on NTV which did not last.
From reciting poems, being an unofficial MC, the star attraction on Churchill Live, starting his own comedy show which failed to featuring in Night of a Thousand Laughs, Omondi has had quite an exciting run. And he is not yet done.
Just to add a few more feathers to his cap, Eric Omondi is also the OLX ambassador in Kenya and just last month, landed himself the role of Kenya Wildlife Service Rhino ambassador to help protect the endangered animals.
Now, he is trying to further the cause that those before him started. All the way from Vitimbi, Intrukalass, Crazy Kenyans, Reddykyulas, Red Corner, Churchill Raw and Churchill Show, he will be soon adding his own mark that will continue to define Kenyan comedy like those before him.
With a somewhat smooth ride to fame and success, Omondi’s biggest fear has never been failure; what he dreads most is fading into oblivion.
“If I woke up one day to find nobody is hating, I would be very worried. When it gets to a point where people are not saying anything about you or even hurling insults, then just know they have moved on. In this business when people talk about you, it’s good, so I don’t mind,” he says.
All the criticism, both positive and negative, to him, just boils down to getting free opinions. His major disappointment for now is that there are no comedians like Churchill or Jalang’o who have turned their names into major brands and to further this displeasure is the fact that Kenyan comedy has been limited to tribal jokes.
His craft has, however, taken him beyond Kenya, and he has held shows in the US, South Africa and Nigeria.
In March, BBC ranked him as the 9th funniest man in Africa on a list topped by Trevor Noah and Basketmouth.
Although he has received help along the way to becoming one of the personalities that have played a role in shaping Kenyan comedy, he believes that he is a self-made man who made the best of every opportunity he got.
“I believe it is because of God that I’m here today. Sometimes it doesn’t make sense to me and it doesn’t add up how I got here. I give Him all the credit. I was also never handed the brand Eric Omondi, I worked hard and I’m still working hard. It was not luck,” he says.
Even though he has been in the industry for a considerable time, with a firm grasp of how the trade works, Omondi is still hard on himself and expects nothing less than perfection from himself.
“I shoot my own clips and I’m involved in the editing as well. There are so many unseen clips because if I don’t feel it’s good enough, it will never see the light of day. I’m my biggest critic. I do not need to spend money hiring a critic; Kenyans will do that for me,” he says. “All I need to do is log on to Twitter.”
Now, Eric Omondi is specialising in doing one hour solo specials that have proved to be a hit.
Eric Omondi Untamed
On the 15th of August, Omondi is slated to yet again take the stage in a one man show dubbed Eric Omondi Untamed 5. The show is scheduled to take place at the Carnivore grounds.
Before then, he will be the host of Comedy Night Live at the same venue with fellow comedians Dr Ofweneke and Malawian funny man Daliso Chaponda.
Looks like Eric Omondi is just getting started.