• Captain Otoyo's "Something must kill a man" comedy show has once again showcased her exceptional talent and unique brand of humor
• Embracing her Luhya heritage, she decided to incorporate jokes about being "kienyeji"
In the world of Kenyan comedy, one name has been making waves and leaving audiences in stitches: Dem Wa Facebook.
Her recent performance at Captain Otoyo's "Something must kill a Man" comedy show has once again showcased her exceptional talent and unique brand of humor - earning her the limelight and a standing ovation from an adoring audience.
Dem Wa Facebook has had a passion for comedy since she can remember.
Growing up, her father would affectionately call her a "msaani" (artist), which sparked her interest in entertaining people from a young age.
As a content creator, Dem Wa Facebook became known for her incredible stage presence and ability to engage audiences.
She was often chosen as the emcee for events and school functions, where aspiring comedians would shy away from performing after witnessing her electrifying performances.
Her reputation as a talented entertainer grew, catching the attention of the dean of her college, who suggested she try out for the renowned Churchill Show.
''Once nilingia churchill show nilipatana na akina mulamwah wakanifunza even Captain Otoyo akanifunza kupiga show venye stage inakaa, venye unaeza panda stage na uue so nikalearn.''
Taking the dean's advice, Dem Wa Facebook made her debut on Churchill Show in Kakamega, where she quickly impressed the likes of Mulamwah and Captain Otoyo.
They later on mentored her on stage presence, delivery, and how to captivate an audience.
Embracing her Luhya heritage, she decided to incorporate jokes about being "kienyeji" (local) into her act, using it as an opportunity to empower women to embrace their own uniqueness and beauty.
''You know most ladies hawatakangi kujikubali, so niliona nitumike kama example, yaani nikijiita kienyeji niko proud ndio dame mwingine huko inje akiona oh kumbe Dame Wa Facebook ako proud si pia mimi ni kienyeji nikuwe proud, of which hiyo inamotivate madem unapata madam wengi ni vienyeji but wanataka kuupgrade, ndio maana wanableach wanaenda kutafuta makalio ya sindano.''
Dem Wa Facebook's comedic journey continued to flourish, and she credits Captain Otoyo for guiding her through the nuances of comedy.
Rehearsing together for "Something must kill a man," Captain Otoyo provided invaluable insights and helped her refine her performance. The result was a comedic tour de force that had the audience roaring with laughter.
However, like any comedian, Dame wa Facebook faced her fair share of challenges. She recalled an occasion at Kenyatta University when the audience seemed unresponsive to her jokes.
''KU nIilipata wanafunzi kimeumana bana napiga mistari hawacheki, sikujipa shughuli because najua talent ni yangu wacheke wasicheke mi naendelea na mistari.''
Captain Otoyo reassured her that even the best comedians encounter such moments and shared his wisdom: sometimes the audience will love your material, and other times they won't. It's all part of the journey.
''Unaeza kuwa na mistari noma na audience ikatae kucheka na unaeza kuwa hauna mistari na audience ikubali, so nilikuwa nimeanza kuzoea but hiyo time iliniuma roho.''
Having entered the comedy scene just a year ago, Dem Wa Facebook made her debut in April 2022 on Churchill Show, marking the beginning of an exciting journey.
Her most memorable show to date was the Churchill show in Kakamega, where she left a lasting impression on both the audience and fellow comedians.
She also fondly recalls her exceptional performance at Captain Otoyo's "Something must kill a man" comedy show, which catapulted her into the limelight and earned her the adoration of fans.
''Best show so far was the one in Kakamega, hio show sijui ilinipata kama nimevuta bangi that was 2022 mwezi wa nne that was my first stage, na something must kill a man,''
Beyond comedy, Dem Wa Facebook has ventured into endorsements, recently partnering with a sanitary pad company. She expresses genuine admiration for the brand and hopes to secure more endorsements in the future.
Looking ahead, Dame wa Facebook aspires to reach the level of success achieved by her close friend and comedian MCA Tricky. She admires his talent and considers him like a twin brother.
''I Love MCA tricky because he is like my twin brother, mimi na MCA tricky tuko na sura zinafanana, tofauti tu ni pesa.''
As she continues to leave a trail of accolades on every stage she performs, Dem Wa Facebook is undoubtedly one of Kenya's funniest and most beloved comedians.
With her infectious humor and ability to connect with audiences, she has become a trailblazer in the Kenyan comedy scene.