The comedy industry is at a place that will either break it or make it better for the future. The recent death of one of their own has unleashed a torrent of controversy as to what is causing the early and suspicious deaths in the industry.
One person who is at the center of the controversy is Victor Ber. Some in the industry have come out to place a lot of the money and depression issues facing comedians in the industry at his feet.
Popular comedian Zeddy, who featured on Churchill Show and heavyweight Chipukeezy have weighed in with Victor coming out as the chief antagonist in the whole industry.
Zeddy exposed creative director Victor Ber and video director J Blessing for being heartless, blaming them for ‘killing’ talents.
“Victor Ber creative director wa churchill show “depression maker”. Kama ushaiwai enda auditions za Churchill show, hakika unajua huyu msee.huwa hearltess, roho chafu kuliko ya firaun (farao) yaani atakuthalilisha na maneno yake makali kuliko moto wa jehanam (hell) atafanya ujidharau maisha yako yote!
She went on to explain that Ber allegedly has so much power on who will perform on the show that most comedians are sure they are going to perform even mere hours to the show.
This despite the fact that they may have used money to commute to the show for 3 days; “Ngai hapa ndo unaonga msanii ameanza kupata stress coz umekam three days umetumia fare, ukabuy nguo ya kuchapa show ama ata ukakopa,unapata msanii amefanyiwa hivi like three months,” Zeddy wrote.
In her post, the comedian described his tyrannical ways that left most artistes fearing Ber. “Anaeza pata umeandikwa kwa program tayari umepakwa makeup na akutoe bila sababu, yaani ber hua ameweka wasanii na baridi utadhani tuko (netherlands)”
Other comedians have also spoken of the frustration that they faced when dealing with Ber. Videos of comedians Chipukeezy and Njoro talking about how Ber frustrated them during past interviews have resurfaced.
Chipukeezy narrated how Ber discouraged him during an audition at Churchill Show. “Victor Ber, the reason why I mention victor is because I will never forget him. so I tell them, Churchill ameniambia I am the future and I need to audition. so they tell me to tell a joke….then after that Victor laughed and was like “kijana ukona talent ingine kama mbio kumbia, boxing….comedy wacha!”
Njoro also added the other that Ber laughed at his jokes while on stage but later shut him down after his performance. He told him he wasn’t meant for comedy and should go back home and continue with his studies.