American television journalist and primary anchor of the CNN news broadcast Anderson Cooper 360°, struggled to contain himself from breaking into tears of laughter during an interview with Kenyan comic Elsa Majimbo.
The two spoke for 15 minutes during his Full Circle show, with Elsa narrating the story of her meteoric rise to global stardom.
"It actually started out of pure boredom due to the lockdown. Then people started messaging me and telling me how much they enjoyed and related to my stories. That's when I realised that I was on to something," she revealed.
She further detailed that her content was derived from what she experiences on an everyday basis.Kenyan comic Elsa Majimbo.
By this point, Cooper was in stitches as he aired some of her videos that went viral around the world.
It hasn't been smooth sailing for the 19-year-old, as she took a pensive mood while trying to explain her Kenyan fanbase.
"It's funny that my comedy has garnered more fans outside my own country. The comedy scene here is quite different with most of the jokes in Swahili and its about tribes [stereotypes]," she remarked.
"That's not my comedy, mine is all about what's happening in the world," she added.
"So, you mean you don't have a '2 Kikuyus walk into a bar' kind of joke?" Cooper asked, leaving the Kenyan teenager in laughter.
She explained that her content was mostly picked up from American and European cultures.Rihanna (Left) and Kenyan Comic Elsa Majimbo.File
During the candid interview, she alluded to an impression that most Kenyans did not find her funny, 'I am funny everywhere else except Kenya' she stated in response to Cooper's compliment on her content resonating with audiences around the world.
The CCN anchor was visibly in awe of the talented teen and went on to encourage her to aim towards making an appearance at the New York Comedy Club.
"You brought me a lot of happiness and joy during this difficult period and I really appreciate you. Keep doing what you are doing," he said.
The comic's story is one of success in an unlikely period. She has not only grown her fanbase across the world, but also was recently got signed up by Rihanna's fashion line Fenty for a campaign.
She stated she to idolises global comic superstars Dave Chappelle and Kevin Hart, as she works her way up to having a stand-up comedy show of her own in future.
Her funny videos on quarantine life have been shared multiple times by everyday people as well as global superstars, turning her into a phenomenon in just under 6 months.
"I realised that formal education is not my beginning and end, as we have been drilled. I have so much to offer and I am so happy doing what I do," she stated.
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