By NAHASHON MUSUNGU
Comedian Chipukeezy has recounted the challenges he has faced in his efforts to transform himself into an international brand, including being denied Visa to the USA on three separate occasions.
After several successful local performances in the past three years since making his debut on the Churchill Show, Chipukeezy, whose real name Vincent Muasya Mutua, has since visited the US to become the first Kenyan comedian ever to perform at the Open-Mic Show Dallas, Texas.
During that tour of the States early this year, Chipukeezy he would also meet one of America’s top stand-up comedians, Kevin Hart, whom he refers to as “comedy idol”.
Chipukeezy has described that trip to the States as the “biggest moment of his life”, but then, also revealed it wasn’t easy to get onto the plane in the first place.
“It has been a memorable journey. At some point, I broke down on the flight. I must have been the only African on board, having also met some of the biggest comedians in America,” Chipukizeey said during a recent interview on NTV.
“At some point I was frustrated. I really wanted to perform in America but on three occasions I was denied a Visa. It was a really challenging moment,” he recalled.
And drawing from his experiences, Chipukeezy’s advice to the youth is to fight for opportunities instead of waiting to be invited to the table of men.
He pointed out musician Charles Kanyi aka Jaguar, who was recently elected Starehe MP, as a case in point.
Chipukeezy is set to return to the USA later this year, as one of the emcees at the Africa Music Award (AFRIMA) gala in Dallas. Aside from stand up comedy, Chipukeezy is also an emcee and a radio presenter.