Day: July 13, 2011

How does an American comedian perform on Kenya’s version of The Tonight Show? Ask John Ramsey

John Ramsey has enjoyed success as a comedian in America, among his credits having reached the late, great HBO U.S. Comedy Arts festival in Aspen and performing on Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham. But for the past year, Ramsey has served as a volunteer in Kenya. Not so funny, right? That didn’t stop him from trying, though. You can read about his experiences adapting his sense of humor for what Africans find funny on his personal blog — and in many instances, he found out “Why My Jokes Don’t Work in Kenya.” And yet. Ramsey did adapt to his surroundings, learned enough Swahili, and earned himself a gig on Kenya’s, and East Africa’s, most popular “late-night” show (which happens to be 7:30 p.m. Thursdays), Churchill Live. Hosted by “Churchill” Dan Ndambuki, the show reaches 10 million viewers across an area of 40 million where many people still don’t own a TV. Sit back and enjoy this clip, which has a different pacing than American TV, and afterward, Ramsey tells me the backstory. Ramsey tells me: I’m over here volunteering as a legal fellow for an organization called the International Justice Mission (www.ijm.org). Although the organization is most well known for its fight against human trafficking, in Kenya, we do two different kinds of work.  We represent young children who have been raped — and help ensure the Court system works...

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J. Chris Newberg performs in the quarterfinals of America’s Got Talent 2011: Watch the full segment

Howie Mandel loves him. Piers Morgan hates him. But what does Sharon Osbourne think? You’ll have to watch the whole segment to find out, as J. Chris Newberg performed in the first of four quarterfinals last night as part of the 2011 season of America’s Got Talent. Was that probably a bad idea? Was it? No. Really. Was it? We’ll find out when the votes are counted from you Americans. Roll the...

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