Churchill Show has become renowned for producing some of the best entertainers in the country, the comedians that is.
There is a very slim chance that a comedian was able to make it big without first receiving grooming on the popular show.
While from the outside it looks like a trip to the Carnivore (where the show is recorded) by a talented but inexperienced funny person guarantees a few hours of auditioning and appearance on NTV days later, nothing could be further from the truth.
Comedians who have made it to television have painted a picture of how competitive the process is. They say it takes months of utter disappointments before they are refined to TV standards. A good example is Stella Bunei Koitie who is better known as Jemutai.
“Jemutai” says it all started with a dream of becoming successful in future, adding that she was not afraid to fight for recognition in the male-dominated field. She auditioned for ten months straight but was disappointed every single time.
She told Buzz during an interview that she frequented Carnivore so much that she became a popular face with staff including waiters and watchmen. Her big break came during her last auditioning before giving up.
“I auditioned for 10 months straight without any success, every Tuesday my mother gave me fare from Embakasi and taxi money to go back. The Carnivore, where we shoot Churchill, became a second home, I knew everyone, the watchman, and the cameramen even the waiters. Initially, I was auditioning as Stella but my act was not convincing. Nonetheless, I kept going back and the judges kept encouraging me to develop a character that will help me execute my comedy,” narrated Jemutai.
“At some point, I was about to give up and on October 20th, 2015 I came for what was to be my last audition, after that, I was to quit. However, that week I was picked and October 22nd, 2015 was my first show ever.
“It was a great relief to get picked after such a long struggle, by then I had gotten used to the stage and the set up so I was very comfortable. My first show became the best edit of the night and I have never looked back.” Stella who is now a hit act and a regular on Churchill Show, concluded.
Moral of the story: Don’t give up digging for gold, perhaps a nugget lies just inches away from your last scoop.