Nothing comes on a silver platter. You have to toil hard to live that life you desire or else you will end up dying poor. Churchill Show comedian Stella Bunei Koitie, commonly referred to as Jemutai, is a great example of from grass to grace story.
Just like any other person with dreams of becoming successful in future, Jemutai was not afraid to try her luck and more so in the male-dominated field. She started auditioning at the celebrated local comedy show which nurtures talent in the East African region.
Jemutai didn’t have it smooth and she auditioned for 10 months straight without success.
According to an interview with Buzz, Jemutai revealed that she had become a popular face at the Carnivore restaurant (where Churchill show is shot) and at one point, she decided to give up after months of no success. Little did she know that her time to take over the comedy industry had already come.
“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.
The witty lass, who is known for her long skirt, checked oversized blazer, rubber shoes and a head scarf (basically, representing a typical Kalenjin woman) signature dress code, made her first debut on October 22nd, 2015 and the rest is history.
“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. 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”, she said.
Jemutai, who is without a doubt the best comedienne Kenya has ever produced, revealed that she was excited to get a job and whenever she graces the screen, she always ensures that she is at her best leaving her followers in stitches.
“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.”