Eric Omondi was interviewed by Lillian Muli last night on Citizen TV where he spoke about the dark side of comedy (cue the Joker memes). This was a conversation about depression in the comedic scene and other issues entertainers at large do not deal with in a healthy fashion.
One of the issues comedians deal with is gaining fame while still being broke and having to lead a false life. Fortunately for Eric Omondi, he had a mentor who helped him handle some of the ups and downs that come with this life:
I WAS LUCKY ENOUGH TO BE MENTORED BY CHURCHILL AND TO GIVE ME DIRECTION. AFTER MY HOUSE WAS LOCKED THREE TO FOUR TIMES (BY THE LANDLORD) AND EVERYTHING CONFISCATED, I ASKED CHURCHILL FOR ADVICE AND HE TOLD ME TO GET A MANAGER AND SAVE MONEY.
WHEN I GOT MY FIRST MILLION, I WANTED TO BUY A MERCEDES BENZ BUT CHURCHILL TOLD ME TO CHILL. HE ASKED ‘AREN’T YOU THE SAME GUY WHO DID NOT HAVE RENT JUST TWO MONTHS AGO? WHY ARE YOU FORGETTING SO FAST? THEN HE TOLD ME ‘JIPANGE’ AND I TOOK I THE ADVICE UNTIL TODAY.
I CRASHED AT A FRIEND’S HOUSE IN HIGHRISE ESTATE FOR SIX MONTHS UNTIL I GOT THE SH1 M. THE MOMENT YOU HAVE MONEY AND DO NOT INVEST IT, YOUR ART WILL DIE…MIMI NIMEJIPANGA. DO NOT LOOK AT ME AND YOU WANT TO LIVE LIKE ME.