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In Austin tomorrow…

We are back in America. At one point, we thought we might stay in Kenya through December, but the baby brought us back to America. We are so glad to be here. An attempt to sum up the year would be a melodramatic failure. But before I left I said I had three goals: (1) …

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My International Television Debut

As I said previously, I spent a good bit of time figuring out what Kenyans found funny and realizing it wasn’t me. You can read more about that in previous posts. So I had to put together a new set and, just as importantly, find a new style. For example, I wrote a joke about how …

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Why My Jokes Don’t Work in Kenya, pt. 3

Comics here, by and large, don’t know the name “Jerry Seinfied” (but maybe it sounds familiar). You can imagine, then, that greats like Brian Regan and Mitch Hedberg don’t ring any bell at all. Most have heard of Chris Rock and Steve Harvey, some of Russell Peters. But, in essence, they describe these comics as …

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The Story of Jocelyn [Kweli Magazine]

You may remember a story I shared a couple months ago about a brave 12-year old girl that IJM represented. An edited version of the story was included in a Kenyan publication called Kweli Magazine. If you’d like to see the original story, you can read it here: The Story of a Little Girl.

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Why My Jokes Don’t Work in Kenya, pt. 2

As I’ve already gotten to share with some of you, the new set I wrote for a Kenyan audience went well; and I look forward to telling the story of how it all aired on [inter]national television! In the meantime, though, I still want to document the process of getting together that set — in …

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Where I’m Not [PODCAST, ep. 2]

Some of you may have noticed that Episode 2 of Where I’m Not was already up when we released Episode 1. Please feel free to check out the Episode now if you haven’t previously. In this episode, I talk more seriously about my fear of dying on the roads here. For more information, you can …

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Where I’m Not [PODCAST, ep. 1]

Doug Connolly and I are pleased to announce the release of our podcast: Where I’m Not. The podcast is still a work in progress, but, as the title implies, that’s okay. Right now, the show mostly involves Doug and me talking about why we wish we were somewhere else (me, not in Africa; Doug, not …

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Why My Jokes Don’t Work in Kenya, pt. 1

I have been working with a Nairobi comedian to get a set together.   As we go through the hour-long tape I have, we are slowly discovering that absolutely none of it translates to a Kenyan audience.  The conversations we have are fascinating, and involve comments like, “That would work if you relate it to …

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Getting There [Safely]

I’ve probably mentioned before that I’m terrified of the roads here.  In the next 10 years, car accidents will surpass malaria and AIDS as the number 1 killer in Africa.   An aerial view of Nairobi, probably looks a lot like an ant hill after you kick it; except there aren’t any of those heroic …

I Wrote a Bad Check

Well, I’m back to blogging.  My parents and in-laws were in town so I went on hiatus — partly because I was busy and partly because 50% of my readership was in Kenya (that’s not true: more people read this blog than any other website).   If you don’t mind, I’ll just ease back into …