In his rather ardous task of staying relevant in a comedy industry that is shifting quickly to a bunch of hitherto uknown Instagram ticklers, Eric Omondi continues to beffudle his fans.
When he is not breaking up with his fiancee, Eric is on Youtube, imitating yet another social star, or being a red-carpet hero in Tanzania where he enjoys untold aduration.
And in recent years, the comedian has pulled another trick from his waning bag; cross-dressing or as many a feminists would call it mysogynoir.
But before that, a trip down the grottoes of history.
Cross-dressing in comedy is as old as history, the first instances were popularized by actor and comedian Adam Sandler in the Movie Jack and Jill, Dustin Hoffman in the movie Tootsie and the late actor and comedian Robin Williams who played the lovable father turned nanny in Mrs. Doubtfire.
And then everyone caught on, with comedy legend Chris Rock saying that cross-dressing was the simplest and surest way of getting a laugh.
Even then, it was frowned upon by those who felt cross-dressing comedians were eliciting laughs at the expense of black women.
By slipping into their skirts and dresses, the comedians were portraying black women as un-feminine, angry and unnatractive perpertuating the negative nuances the world holds about black women.
The same trend also invites the audience to laugh at the image of men who look feminine painting them as odd and abnormal.
In his latest pursuits, Erick Omondi substituted his clothes for a blue bikini and a kimono, nailing an impression of Kenyan singer Akothee.
Who bewitched Eric Omondi😂😂😂
Hii ni Akothee challenge ama? pic.twitter.com/BNB3BefR02
— sbora 🇰🇪✊ (@ss_sbora) February 21, 2019
And before that, he had teamed with fellow comedian Chipukeezy to hype the premiere of the Chipukeezy show on Youtube.
The two had worn dresses and high-heels and sported faces full of make-up, promising the fans, an unforgettable tumble down the funny lane.
But while anyone is yet to roll off the floor, laughing, Kenyans on Twitter (KOT) are debating Mr Omondi’s choice of comedy- mysogynoir.
And whether it is funny, to start with.
“Erick Omondi may be in need of help ama aje #KOTLoyal”, one Martin Aketch wrote.
“Why is Erick Omondi sooooo desperate? Like no orinigal (sic) content level desperation he is copying.. 😂😂😂I laugh AT him. Not With him,” another Tweep wrote.
“Erick Omondi should just admit that he enjoys cross dressing,”@ Jeymez argued.
But lets give him the props, a bunch of people think the comedian is hella funny and that works for me.
Then there are others, like me, who feel he needs to take several seats.
Rethink and get back on the funny road he veered off many moons ago.
Whether he takes a seat or not, cross-dressing will never be funny because it keeps advancing certain stereotypes about women.
It is a lazy excuse for a comedian who no longer wants to be creative and chooses to waddle in stereotypes to elicit laughs.
In Kenya, beautiful women are sometimes trivialized as Slay Queens, translated loosely into; young, unitelligent and completely vain women.
I cannot even start to list the dangers of a society that triviliazes women and dismisses them as half-wits.
Eric, the self-proclaimed president of comedy in Africa was funny without the skirts and the dresses.
Eric, the president who still appears to be grappling with the trappings of his imaginary State House could still be funny without the eyeshadow and the pantyhose.
That’s the Eric everyone wants back.