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20th August 2021

She has made us laugh-til-we-cry with her hilarious and creative comedy routines online and on television shows like Churchill live. Vanessa Akinyi a.k.a. Cartoon Comedian, is a 21-year-old artist and comic who is using her talents to show the world who she is and she’s only getting started!


Congratulations on all your wins! Tumekuwa fans for such a long time. When did you know comedy was your thing?

Thank you! This has been a part of my life kutoka kitambo. When I was young in primary school and late in high school we used to have these sessions called “Vichekesho” where a group of us would tell each other jokes. That’s when I realized that people responded to my comedy.


And what would you say is not your thing?

For me, fake people are not it. 

Nikirealize mtu ni m-toxic be it within a friendship or a relationship, I stay away cause that is not my thing. Hiyo aht-aht.


Did your folks have any issues with you choosing comedy as a career? If so, how did you get them to support you? 

Initially Mum, alikuwa all about the books. She wanted me to focus on school and I did. Vile nilimaliza shule, she saw that people were responding to my work and it was helping me earn a living, so now she is a big supporter of mine.4. What inspires your style of comedy?

I love comedy, not only as a performer, but also as a fan. So mi-huwatch a lot of great comedians and they influence my style sana. Saa hizi nafanya a lot of skits but I also like stand-up comedy.


We loooooove your super creative skits and wanna learn how to make awesome ones like you! Any tips for us? 

I like to create comedy based on what I see in my environment. Life is really funny if you choose to see the humour in everyday situations. So na-observe halafu nafikiria the ways in which I can make regular situations funny.


Have you ever experienced failure? If so, ulideal aje?

Hata juzi tu, I had a ka-fail when performing live. Lakini I just pray so that I calm down, learn from the incident ad move on. Siwezi shindania on a mistake cause they happen.


We consider you our SKY girl big sis cause you embody all the great qualities we want as SKY girls. How do you stay true to what you believe in?

For me, ku-set goals is the most important thing. When I wake up every day, I have a plan and by the end of that day lazima nikuwe nimefanya. Sticking to my goals has helped me so much especially when it comes to creating my skits and sharing.

I also don’t allow other people’s ideas of who I am or what I should do to get in the way of my plans. I know myself the best and so I don’t get swayed na outside noise.


What’s one thing you would do differently as a teenager, given the opportunity?

I think I would have been a little more serious in school, kwa sababu even when you are doing something like comedy, school teaches you a lot about how to handle your creative work as a business. Other than that, singe-change anything else.


If all your dreams come true, what does the future look like for you? 

I would love to have a huge production house that releases great comedy specials na yenye inainua wasanii wengine, cause Kenya has a lot of talent that needs to be seen. Hopefully, we can grow it beyond Kenya so that it is an international movement. And of course, I want to build a nice, big house for me and my family.