Allegations that comedy shows Churchill Live/Raw pay comedians peanuts do not seem to be going away soon.
The claims came about in April following the death of comedian Ayeiya. Former Churchill comedian Rapcha the Sayanist launched a tweet storm blaming Daniel Ndambuki for Ayeiya dying a poor comedian.
He claimed comedians are paid a measly sh1000 per episode.
Months later, Churchill Raw host Jasper Muthomi, popularly known as MC Jessy, has added his voice to the debate.
Speaking to Word Is, Jesssy denied that comics are underpaid.
“They come while they are fresh and some don’t even have the money. Let’s take an example of MCA Tricky. He came the way he was and he is great today. Comedian YY came the same way and he is good right now. Eddie Butita came from Kariobangi and now he is doing international shows,” MC Jessy said.
Responding to Rapcha’s claims, he said: “Alikuanga Churchill zamani, so hayuko… That was his opinion, but you need to look at the results, kwa sababu mti unajulikana na matunda yake. I went to Churchill Show, see my life now. It is the same way for MCA Tricky, David the Student, Professor Hamo, Chipukeezy, Eric Omondi and the rest who joined the show.”
He added: “If you are coming there to look for money you will fail, but if you are coming for destiny, you will succeed. The money aspect can’t even be discussed because you can’t even quantify to give a value for them when it comes to money, but their worth is determined by how they live their life, not how much they earn.”