Showmax is set to debut a Kenyan original comedy show, ‘Roast House’. Roast House is a stand-up comedy show that seeks to celebrate different public figures in Kenya through jokes performed by a group of comedians from Standup Collective.
Set to premiere in July, the show comprises ten episodes of 24 minutes each, where comedians dish out good-natured jokes on different topics, themes and situations at the expense of the public figure or celebrity in the hot seat.
The show features activist Boniface Mwangi, singer-actress Sainapei Tande, politicians, media personality and comedian Jalang’o, Soul Generation artists Nviiri the Storyteller and Bensoul, including rapper Prezzo and hip hop group P-Unit.
The show is co-produced by Eugene Mbugua’s D&R Studios and Stand-Up Collective’s team of comedians.
According to Doug Mutai, co-founder of Standup Collective, the idea for Roast House came about when “Eugene would attend our comedy shows with his celebrity friends, and we’d end up interrogating them in a crowd work format. We eventually agreed to do a regular pro-amateur show called Laugh Attack. Later, Eugene suggested we launch with a roast of Bien (Sauti Sol) and Rambus”.
Doug is among the comedians who will be taking the stage to roast celebrities in Roast House.
Other comedians include Ty Ngachira, Amandeep Jagde, Ruth Nyambura, Justine Wanda, George Waweru, Maina Murumba, John Ribia, David Macharia, Eric Lu Savali, Emmanuel Kisiangani, Maina Munene, Bashir Yusuf, Stan Saleh, Jack Nanjero, Davy Kimanzi and Darren Collins.
“Being able to get Standup Collective on a major platform like Showmax is a major milestone. It’s been a long time coming, and it’s just the start of an even more significant impact. What’s more exciting is that through Showmax, our work reaches more subscribers across Africa,” Mutai added.
D&R is also the production company behind Showmax’s reality series Kyallo Kulture, the docu-reality series and Showmax’s 2021 Kalasha nominee Sol Family and the 2021 Kalasha nominee and 2022 Africa Magic Viewers’ Choice (AMVCA) nominee This Love, amongst others.
Standup Collective was launched in 2018 as the incubator of English language and experimental comedy in Kenya and beyond.