Kenyan Comedian Arap Marindich Turns to an Overnight Global Meme Sensation

  • Viral TikTok comedians Arap Marindich and Tula Chemoget
    Viral TikTok comedians Arap Marindich and Tula Chemoget
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  • Two Kenyan comedians have gone viral on social media months after shooting a video imitating the World Rally Championship drivers who participated in the June 2022 Safari Rally that took place in Naivasha, Nakuru county.

    Arap Marindich and Tula Chemoget's memes have gone viral in countries such as Zambia, Uganda, Kenya and Italy due to their hilarious facial expressions.

    A spot check on their social media platforms showed that Marindich went viral after they released a skit explaining the tough conditions and terrain World Rally Championship drivers had to contend with during the competition.

    Comedian Arap Marindich, whose videos have gone viral
    Comedian Arap Marindich, whose videos have gone viral
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    In the skit, they poked fun at the WRC drivers and it has since garnered over 38,000 views on TikTok. The video was shared by hundreds of social media users across different platforms.

    The viral video which has culminated in a series of memes on the internet showed the funny duo explaining how bad the terrain was and they had waded through bushes and rugged roads with dirt and branches to find their way into the vehicle.

    Speaking in their native Kalenjin dialect, the driver says they finished at position 16 or 15 while his navigator contradicts him by saying they ranked at position 21.

    Football clubs such as Associazione Sportiva Roma alias AS Roma shared memes of the funny duo captioning the picture: Sa jezi ni kitu ya kunyimana? (A jersey is not something you refuse to give out).

    Kenyans on Twitter have not been left behind with a majority of them making memes and using them in their daily football banter.

    TikTok has become the number one platform where comedians and other creatives are showcasing their work owing to the high number of users.

    The duo is among thousands of comic hopefuls using TikTok, Instagram and other social media platforms to keep their careers afloat.

    Chemoget started sharing short videos on his YouTube account four years ago by creating different scenarios that would entertain his audience.

    He would imitate a police officer character dubbed Inspector Chepkwony who was not as competent in his duties although the local community identifies with him.

    Unlike traditional comedy where you would get discovered at specific places such as comedy clubs, the use of the internet has broadened the market for rising stars.

    Instead of connecting with a few dozen people at a club or a particular venue, an aspiring comedian can reach millions online instantly. 

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