Eric Omondi is normally very candid in the interviews that he gives. I spoke to him this week and he opened up about coming back to Churchill Show after a hiatus of 5 years.
He revealed that going back to the show was excellent for him as he considers Churchill to be his father in comedy. Eric has surely ascended the heights of celebrity and even had Kisumu County name a street after him.
He said that the street naming was an honour for him and hilariously added, ‘It is one of the greatest things to happen. I can go to that road to build, sleep there and even drive there without alcoblow.’
The past two months, the comedian has been on a tear releasing video after video with many going viral.
I also realised that I was taking too long to chuck comedy. Why should I take two months or 3 weeks to release something good. It should be daily! Uhuru Kenyatta is president daily, pastors are pastors daily. Comedians should be on fire daily.
Eric added that he did not suffer burnout as comedy refreshed him. He said that when he wasn’t doing comedy, he felt like he was working. A paradox, I know.
Was it possible that his break-up with Chantal was also fuel for his comedy? He responded by saying,’ It could be possible as when you are married…Maybe it contributed like 30%. You know your wife can ask you why you are doing a certain brand of comedy and it can bring problems for you.’
At this point, I interjected and asked him when (if) he had gotten married to Chantal. He said;
Bro, I was married. Kwani what is marriage? You know I have never understood. You know that there is a difference between a wedding and a marriage. A marriage is when a man and a woman come together and usually they live together.
He added that a wedding was a one-day ceremony, something that people were conflating with marriage. Eric said that he had lived with Chantal for more than six months and that according to Kenyan law, that qualified as marriage.
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I asked him then if that meant that the two had divorced after the break-up. He cheekily finished off by saying, Hapo umneipata!‘