by Helvine Achieng
April 9, 2021
Comedian Eric Omondi has been the talk of the town since the launch of his famous Wife material show. Opening up on the thought process behind the show in a recent interview, Eric revealed that he wanted to do something entirely out of his comfort zone, which is standup comedy. The comedian further stated that the entertainment industry thrives off unpredictability, which meant he needed to try his hand in something new to keep his fans hooked and entertained.
"I have done standup comedy for more than 20years, and I will always be a standup comedian, but so that I don't bore Kenyans, I tried something new. Imagine eating the Sukumawiki and Ugali every day; it becomes boring. Sometimes you need to try beef or Chapati here and there.
"Entertainment calls for unpredictability not doing the same jokes over and over, the same standup, and that is why right now I'm targeting East Africa, and that means I have to change. Also, that is why we are fighting with Mutua.
Omondi further explained that the misunderstanding came because Kenyans were not yet open to the type of content he was trying to introduce to the entertainment industry.
"To him (Ezekiel Mutua), these things are strange and new even to Kenyans, but in this case, I'm a freedom fighter," he said.
Talking about his mistakes, the comedian had this to say.
My only mistake was to air Wife Material without a viewer's discretion tag to show that only viewers above 21 years were allowed to watch. Eric says he will only add the tag, and the show will continue as previously planned in the second season.
"I will not change the context of the show. All I will do is rate it and show that it is over 21years plus. Nothing will change. Like the English men say, 'If it is not broken don't fix it'. Wife Material is perfect. The only problem is that I did not specify that only 21+ years are allowed to watch it,"