A king has been crowned and is not only KES 1 million richer, with a car, but Sammy Kioko has also walked a way with a one-year TV contract with Multichoice Africa, after having been announced the winner of the ‘Ultimate Comic‘ stand-up comedy show competition
Kioko managed to beat a tough field of 6 other contestants who had made it to the semi-final stage. Sammy started off telling his jokes to his neighbours and friends in Mathare North, Nairobi where he lives with his family. His stories are largely inspired by his surroundings and everyday life experiences. He gained confidence to do stand-up comedy from primary and secondary school having been an active participant in the drama club and school drama festivals.
“I am so honored and absolutely happy for being crowned the Ultimate Comic. This is a great win for me, and I am grateful to Churchill and his team, as well as Maisha Magic East. It was such a great honor for me to interact and learn from some of the best comedians in Kenya. I hope to use my talent to move to greater heights in the industry and influence other comedians positively,” exclaimed an excited Sammy Kioko.
“I would like to congratulate Sammy for being crowned the Ultimate Comic today,” said Timothy Okwaro, Channel Director, MNet East & Southern channels adding that, “Much as there can only be one winner, as a channel we are proud that Ultimate Comic has given us an opportunity to not only impact the lives of the contestants, but has also allowed us to train and created a new pool of comic talent that the industry can tap in to.”
Maisha Magic East in partnership with Daniel ‘Churchill’ Ndambuki started the search for the ‘Ultimate Comic’ in September 2017. The televised stand-up TV comedy show was put together to discover and nature new talent in the comedy industry. The competition was open to both male and female contestants between the age of 18 and 50. Beginning with 6 shortlisted contestants, where Sammy emerged the winner following knock out rounds by the judges and live voting by the audiences over a period of 22 weeks.
The judges of the Ultimate Comic show were Tony Njuguna, Felix Odiwuor popularly known as Jalang’o and radio host Massawe Japanni. Other top names in the comedy industry including Charles Bukeko, aka Papa Shirandula, MC Jessy, Abel Mutua, Sammy Mwangi, Victor Ber, Carolyne Adong’o and Obillo Ng’ongo mentored the contesants, while the show was hosted by veteran comedian Daniel Churchill Ndambuki.