Kenneth Yannick or How to “stand up” for your dreams

Arc 1: Dawn of a new adventure

We have an Irawo that I feel very close to. He is not older than me. He does not hang out with the President. He is not too rich, he is not younger than me. It’s neither sport nor music. But his story is so inspiring.

Aldrich Achani, IRAWO HUNTER

You cannot imagine everything he has gone through to get to that point, and yet this is just the beginning. He is on the quest for an ideal like us! In short it is the Irawo that we needed.

Christopher Avagbo, IRAWO HUNTER

It really shows that if you want you can, that the only obstacle is you, that you have to believe in yourself because nobody will do it for you and with a little courage and passion, you can move mountains.

Melaine Kiossou, IRAWO HUNTER

Kenneth Yannick, what if you had to tell us what brought you to humor …

When my father left. When he was there, it was not that hard financially. We used to eat well. Life was not so hard. We had our three meals a day, our schooling was paid; we were not sent back from school. We had everything we wanted … well almost. When he left, there was this thing that happened. I do not know how to explain it. There was a very violent shift. You find yourself in it but you can not understand. He leaves overnight, and you feel it strongly.

Life changes gradually. One day you had everything you wanted, and the next day you eat rice without meat and without fish. You ask what is happening, you are answered : “You dare to speak? It’s what you have that you give to a child”. You do not understand. You ask yourself questions. You come to wonder if they are not being mean to you.

Your mother finds herself alone in caring for 3 children. From 3 meals, you come to one a day and sometimes even that meal is sweetened water with bread. My mother had to starve herself to offer us this bread with sugared water or cassava floor. She would go to work like that. It’s crazy. It is not easy. It’s not easy for anyone to have such responsibilities.

I thank my mother very much because she is a smart, swinging woman. It’s not simple. But it’s life, you cannot do anything about it. You can’t kill yourself. You do with what you have. It happened, it’s true that it hurts. You lose weight. You go to school with the frustration of always being the child sent back for unpaid schooling.

And when things happen like that, to not sink, you have to laugh. If you want to hold on, you have to laugh. Whatever happens, I think you have to laugh about it. Nothing is easy in life. There are situations that happen to you and you feel like the sky is falling on your head. The only way to overcome them is to laugh and find the good side of things.

If you want to hold on, you have to laugh. Whatever happens, I think you have to laugh about it. #KennethDoitPercer Click To Tweet

You can’t be moping and complaining all the time because it does not solve the problem. That’s how I got so dedicated to making people laugh, to forget about what I was living at home. It was terrible. It’s these small differences that I’m talking about. I noticed that at one point, the mood of the whole house depended on me.

Was I in a bad mood, everyone also was. When I laugh, everyone laughs. I understood then that I had an impact on the girls of the house. I used to simulate situations on my way to school, preparing my answers to the teacher. I was the clown of the class.

Once back home, it was sadness : no means, no rent, nothing to eat. It was problems. So, I would make jokes to tell my mother everything that happened at school. I would tell my day in my own way, by inserting stuff. She used to say I looked like a cartoon. I was doing stand-up back then without even realizing it.

Few people knew how I was living. My mother educated us to not necessarily show our suffering to people. It always hurts me to see people sad, when something happens to them, so I make them laugh.

How does one become sports teacher and humorist?

It’s a little crazy story, anyway. I don’t know. It happened like that, because of humor. Humor is my passion. But the style of humor that I do, does not pay here. Since I was little, I always liked to make people laugh. Stand up, it’s since 2008 with “Papa est en haut”, a Gad Elmaleh show. I watched it on a computer. I know this show by heart even until now. I would have fun remaking some of its jokes in front of my friends who encouraged me. I did not want a completely monotonous life like the others.

I am a radical anti-conformist. Not only do I hate to do what everyone else does, but I hate to do what everyone thinks is right. To finish one’s studies, to have a well-defined path, to be in an office, is not something really like me. But then, due to certain circumstances, I told myself that I had to do something with my life; that I could not do stand-up in Benin.

When I said to my mother that I wanted to be a humorist, she did not agree, she yelled at me, that it was not something that pays. I understood her because there was never a father and she took care of us alone. I was good at school, I was one of the best in my class. So, she thought a kid like that was not going to put himself in a thing without a future. In addition, the only man in the house. She took care of us thoroughly. But me too, I was thoroughly into my delirium of humor. I watched more and more shows. I would quickly return home from school to watch them. I stayed in this delirium until my secondary school last year

As I was insisting, she finally promised me this: “If you want to be a humorist, after your A level, we will make you travel”. I trusted that promise. While, in truth, my mother could not afford that travel. Reason why after my diploma, I lost myself a lot. I really lost myself. In fact … I’ was always lost , just because Beninese education is not really into art. The proof is that I got my A level in mathematics but I did not do my fifth grade in mathematics. I did a biology oriented fifth grade because I was lost. I was often sent to guidance counselors.

This period was a real time of perdition. I did not know what I wanted to do with my life because at one point I was made to believe that I could not be a humorist. Before I used to dream about it and tell myself that I was going to realize my dream. But there was a period in which I was made to believe that it was going to remain only a dream.

It was during this period that I was lost. I did not know what I wanted to do, and according to my academic results, I was stuck between civil engineering, medicine, biological sciences, mathematics. The kind of questions you ask yourself after your fourth grade certificate. I first did fifth grade oriented towards biology because medicine was my first choice. And afterwards, I turned to a mathematics oriented path, which is very difficult. Not everyone can do that.

So I had already been lost for a long time. It was already a disaster. After my A level, it got worse. I went to Civil Engineering. During this time, I was not getting along very much with my mother, there were arguments about that, precisely. I was not as good at school anymore as I did not like what I was doing. And when I don’t like something, I really don’t give a shit. I absolutely did not care about it. I spent a year at EPAC (Polytechnic school of The Univesity of Abomey-Calavi) where the results were catastrophic. Students will relate to what I’m talking about. I had about ten courses to catch up. And everyone knows that it’s impossible to make up so many sessions.

At home, the tension was at its height. What is happening ? The brilliant child we have known made us lose 400 000 F CFA and a year? The kind of stuff I did not like to hear. But that’s what I was being told. You know how parents are. I may do the same thing if my child does not work or loses a year. But I had not lost the year yet and I saw it as a challenge.

So when I was told “You are stupid, you are unable to validate a year”, I returned to my notebooks and I managed to validate my year. All sessions. And I passed in second year just under the wire. But I gave up. Because it did not suit me.

And that’s where my fight for humor started. It is after dropping the EPAC, losing a year of studies in my life, willingly despite my success, that my fight began. Something happened there. I was decided to make humor.

But, there is still this blockage. The lack of money to make me travel, the country that does not know this form of humor. In fact, nobody, absolutely no one, did stand up before me in Benin. I was decided but a few months later, I sank again.

It was after losing a year at EPAC that I started making vines. I discovered the application and I told myself, while you are waiting for a solution, make vines. That’s how I started on the internet. It was in 2013.

Making videos, I had problems in my family. I had to do something with my life. I almost gave up. I was sinking. I thought that humor was not for me after all. I thought of many things, medicine, did I have to go back to EPAC? blah-blah-blah. I tried medicine, I went to the FSS (Health science faculty).

But it was weird. Whether I’m falling, whether I’m giving up or not, there was always humor somewhere deep inside that made me make any decision. I was primarily founding myself on this dream of becoming a humorist. At the FSS, I was told directly that it’s 7 years of studies. I said no. When would I have time for humor? All my decisions were based on that. I had given up my dream without really giving it up.

It was like I was in denial. There was a Kenneth passionate about humor who did not want to give up. I dropped the FSS. I wanted to become military because I had military mates. I was about to go to training CAMP when I learned that a serviceman was in the service of the state and was not allowed to do certain things. So it was impossible that I could do humor. I dropped that too … for humor.

So suddenly, there was nothing, no choice in front of me. And finally, I was told about the only sports institute in Benin (INJEPS). I was told that there, I will be able to do sports medicine. As I was very good in biology, I thought “sports medicine = field of sport = PhD in physiology. Why not ?”

I did not even know that to go through there, one had to teach sports. I did not know. So after getting lost between EPAC, FSS, the army, I finally went to the INJEPS. It was quite diverse there; anatomy, physiology and a lot of sport.

At that time, I was very frail, very skinny. It was horrible. There was no difference between that and the army. For the written skills as well as the physical ones. It was hard. It was after a few months there that I learned that I was going to teach.

I started teaching in the 2nd year. In the 3rd year, I graduated and that’s how I became a sports teacher.

I did not want to continue. I could have done it and became certified or doctor. But it’s the same number of years as the FSS. I was not going to refuse medicine and do that.

So I gave up. At least I have a degree. At least I can work, bring money home and help my family. Now, no more thing was preventing me to devote myself to humor. The only remaining challenge was that I was the only one, the first to do stand up in Benin.

I wrote texts over and over again. One day, I started. I started making small scenes at birthday parties, weddings, etc. So that’s how I became a sports teacher and humorist

When did you finally consider that you wanted a career in humor?

When I had my first degree, I knew I could work and earn money. It was definitive. I knew there was nothing left in front of me. I started to pay my own rent, to help my family, I understood that to make humor depended only on me and myself. I forgot this travel story. I understood that I had to build here, myself, the things I needed to live my dreams. Instead of relying on abroad achievements.

I realised that I had to build here myself, the things I needed to live my dreams. Kenneth Yannick Click To Tweet

What is your dream for humor in Benin?

To create a stand-up school. I dream that there are plenty of comedians in Benin who enjoy and live on that. Wake up a generation of comedians in Benin? It has already begun. With no pretense.

And when was your first scene? How was it done?

It was in 2016. I went to a Miss show at ENAM (National Administration and Magistracy School). There were 600 people. It was the first time I found myself in front of so many people. I was not confident at all. 600 people! Usually you start slow and small. Me, I directly started big.

When I think about it, as a first stage … it was crap. But it had to be shitty for me to learn. I needed experience. This first scene taught me so much. I learned how to understand Beninese people, how they react to stand-up humor. Because they had never seen that.

Today, many comedians dare to go out and do stand up because we are trying to get things moving. Beninese are becoming accustomed to stand up. 3 years ago, when I started, everyone was like:

  • What is happening ? What is he doing ? Is he going to do theater?

People were shocked because I would dress properly to go on stage. There were people screaming:

  • Hey come down, did you come to make us laugh? You’re not dressed up for that.

This is how the average Beninese thinks about humor. For him, to make laugh, you should be ridiculous, you should dress like a clown. But it is not mandatory. Humor can be smart and technical.

Doing Stand up in Benin is special. How do you live it, Kenneth?

It’s an horror. I struggle as fvck. It’s not well paid. I’m having trouble, I swear (laughs). More seriously … the truth is that if you are not strong in the head, I do not advise you to do stand-up in Benin. Do you want to know how I live? There are people we have recruited for the Cotonou Comedy Club who have dropped out. They would come by dozens each time and give up after one rehearsal. They realize that stand-up is work.

If you do not have the strong mind, you can not do stand-up. Because first of all, Beninese people are not used to it. So, they don’t care about what you come to tell on stage because they didn’t ask you anything. Your challenge is, for you, to work to adapt your style to your audience. Which is already very hard.

So you have to work, come on stage and have the mind to:

1- withstand their looks,

2- what they will tell you

3- and try to captivate their attention.

And that too is not easy at all. Finally, after the scene, when nobody has understood your jokes, no one laughs … it’s horrible. Sometimes, there are some who understand but do not want to laugh. I don’t wish anyone to live this.

People do not know how horrible it is when you’re in front of 600 people making jokes and only 2 or 3 have understood. As you come down from the stage, you are questioning your whole life.

  •     What am I doing here ? Who brought me there? Why do I live? Why am I born?

How do you go back on stage after that? You have to have a mindset of Mikasa Ackerman, sick and passionate. If I was in humor for the money, I would have given up long ago.

Kenneth's first scene at Miss ENEAM

How did you learn this art?

Internet. Next question (laughs).

I am completely self taught. I thank a lot internet and social networks. It’s thanks to them that I learned to do stand-up. I learned by watching a lot of comedy videos that I love and reading a lot of PDFs, books, blog articles on the internet. I really read a lot.

There was a period of 2 years when when I opened a PC, It was really only for that. When I was looking for something on Google, it was “humor”. By dint of reading, to search how people do, what is a joke, how to write a skit, go on Youtube, watch a lot of videos that concern the stand up, its origins. You start learning little by little. If you’re not too stupid, if you’re really into it, at one point you go.

When you’re on stage, what do you feel?

Fear, stress, but also happiness. A big dose of serotonin. Even the greatest artists must feel stress despite all the experience they have had. You have to stress to be able to do well. Do not try to eliminate stress. We must accept the stress and dominate it. Stress allows you to be careful, to not make mistakes.

It’s like a horn before an accident. That’s how it happens. You accept that you are stressed and you dominate it. You have to accept a problem to find a solution. There is also this thing that you feel when you make your first joke and the audience laughs. It’s magic … Impossible to describe.

Everything starts with the first joke. When you have worked your text well, and at your first joke, they laugh, the rest happens generally well. Otherwise, it’s dead. It takes courage and strength to climb the slope. The pleasure you feel when the public laughs every time your joke, it is your job, the sleepless nights, all your efforts that are recognized by people you do not know. People laughingly approve of saying yes it’s funny. There is no better reward. All the gold in the world is not worth it. Money can not buy that.

Money can not buy that. Ⓒ Cotonou Comedy Club

What challenges did you have to overcome when came the time to live your dream?

Facing people. Make them understand that the art of stand-up exists; that there is someone who does it. You go to people, tell them, “Please, lend me your stage”.

There is also the fear of the crowd. It’s not even that I’m afraid … I do not like crowds. I don’t like when there are a lot of people, agitation, when it goes all-around. I never liked that. When I tweeted that at the time, people thought it was weird. A comedian who does not like the crowd? I prefer when people are in front of me and I have their attention on stage, as in a classroom. Stand up allowed me to overcome that.

Is this not a teacher’s tic, by any chance?

No (laughs)

How do you write a comedy show?

With a pen. Or a pencil if you want. We write it on a sheet. Next. (Laughs)

Kenneth, stop your bullshit!

How to write a comedy show? (Throat clearing). So. Concentration, openness, techniques and you have to be funny.

What do you mean by techniques?

When I say technique, it’s about your style. The technique depends on the style and there are several styles of humor. There is black humor, humor by the absurd, metal humor, anti-joke, etc.

The technique depends on the humorist style and the style of humor. And that’s something to study and learn. Each style has its technique. When you make word games, you have to have vocabulary. It takes a lot. That’s what I do often in my Youtube videos and also in my shows. You  don’t make puns in a mess. Otherwise it would be very simple to line up word games and say that the sketch is finished.

When is a word game really well done? It’s when you get to put it in a logical or illogical situation according to the story you’re telling. One must make sure that the circumstances are appropriate to the word game. It does not happen anywhere.

The most beautiful word games are placed in circumstances that call the word game to exist. The word game exists because this situation has happened. The situation does not exist because the word game is there. That is the difficulty. This is just one style among others. There is also humor by the absurd which is a question of illogical logic and abstraction. The humor of observation, which most humorist use, is also the basis of the art of stand-up. The humor of observation is a humor of situation. That is, telling stories and showing the audience what they are going through all the time but not directly noticing. It is this shift and surprise that the humorist creates, which triggers the laugh.

When you want to practice the humor of observation, you have to be able to notice what people cannot see. You have to watch a lot and upturn the situation, to find the back side of the scene. This is where lies the work of writing a show.

When you write, you must not be stupid. Writing a show is like writing an essay . There is an introduction, a body, a conclusion.

If it’s a basic show, it goes like this: you introduce the show, you have an entry. In the end, you have a conclusion and in the middle, a development of several subjects. You must also have some culture and a habit to write. It helps. You have a general idea of ​​the joke and you write about it.

What was the reaction of your entourage when you started?

They are few, those who supported me. I want to say almost nobody. And I’m very serious about it. Today, life is like Melrose Place around me. Everyone agrees with what I do. But before it wasn’t like that. It was horrible. It was: “You will not succeed. You will not go anywhere. ”

You were considered future-less, weren’t you?

They were really few who were with me. Just very close friends, who are still with me today and who I really trust. But all the rest was the mentality that if you do art it’s because you were not smart at school. I do not even want to say Beninese mentality because last time there was a French MP who said something similar. There are people who have these prejudices that when you do art, it is because you have failed. As if art was your last chance. It’s stupid. I was really good at school without any pretensions. I do art because that’s what I really want to do.

I do art because that's what I really want to do. #KennethDoitPercer Click To Tweet

And that’s what is missing in our country. There are many people who go to school, who get lost, who do not want to do what they do because they may be more willing to do something else. But here it is, that’s the system.

When I started, everyone told me that I would not go very far. “Stand-up in Benin? It’s cool but it’s crazy. You have to travel “. I do not even want to say they were wrong. Sometimes I wonder what I’m doing? How did I get started, how did I manage to hold up here? I do not want to say they are wrong. I want to say that they spoke because they are in an environment that makes them talk like that. And that I may be the anomaly. I have a different perception.

How to help a humorist to break through?

By sharing what his content. If you like. That’s all. The more you share and people see his art, the more he reaches the world. To break is to make many more people laugh. That’s all. And it’s not for me to go and get this whole world. First you have to conquer a world that will bring you to other worlds. If you manage to reach 100 people and each of these people goes to fetch 100 other people, you break through.

A phrase that you were told or an event that encouraged you to continue?

You’re funny. And the standing ovation at the CCC that encouraged me to continue. Then there is the encouragement that myfollowers me send me all the time.

What makes you most proud in your story?

It is complicated. I’m never proud. I’m like that, I know it’s not good but I can’t help it. I have too big ambitions that I consider not to have reached. I have not done anything to think that I should be proud. That’s precisely why I did not want to be featured on Irawo. I can pretend and say that I am proud of the Cotonou Comedy Club. I can say that I am proud to be the first to have launched a Comedy Club. But it’s not enough yet. We have not done anything yet. We still have too much to do. I even think I’m falling behind because life is short.

What are the failures that have marked it, what did you learn?

Ooh … there were a lot of failures,, man. Failure! Failure! (laughs) There have been some. But that’s how it must be. Life is like that. We need experiences to evolve. There are scenes that I refuse today because I know it’s not related to the stand-up. But it’s with failures that I learned that. It is with failures that the Cotonou Comedy Club is better built. It was through failures on stage that I was able to work with people and bring them into humor.

It’s permanent failures with the stand-up. When you tell a joke and you expect more excitement, but the audience does not laugh, you wonder what happens. It is not necessary all the time to blame the public of Benin. He did not ask you anything. It’s you who wants to make them laugh. So it’s up to you to make them laugh. You do not have to change your style but it’s up to you to adapt to bring them into your world.

That’s what failure taught me: permanent challenges. What to do when they do not laugh to that but to this? Before going on stage, what attitude to adopt? This is the kind of failure you experience when you play in a Comedy Club. There is a difference between spending 5-minute on a stage and organizing a whole show. It’s quite another matter. It’s even more work than you can imagine with staging, production, etc.

Since we are precursors, we are forced to get by ourselves by playing several roles at once. And there inevitably, there are clashes. There are several difficulties because in this country, organization is crap everywhere. We strive for the scenery , the sound. But you learn every day and you perfect yourself.

One of your most beautiful scenes?

Without a doubt at the Cotonou Comedy Club. The first Stand-Up show organized by the Cotonou Comedy Club. August 04, 2017. The standing ovation at the end was magical. I had tears in my eyes. I had never had a Standing Ovation before. It was completely different from my first scenes in solo. I have always dreamed of a Comedy Club. In addition, the audience of this first edition was very receptive. They almost captured all the jokes. It was magical. It was the first step towards fulfilling my dreams. A small step; because my dreams are big.

Kenneth Yannick at the first edition of the Cotonou Comedy Club. Look at the end 

The Cotonou Comedy Club is historic. How was the first 100% Stand-Up scene from Benin born?

I had been making videos on social networks including Twitter when I met two cool and great people: Jean Morel Morufux and Fadil Romxi with whom we shared the same passion for humor, stand-up. We immediately hooked.

At the moment, I was on an internship in the North for my teaching studies. When I came back to Cotonou, we met and started hanging out together. We were really synchros. We only talked about humor, we were always doing things together. When people saw us, they would say to themselves, “They are in their world.” And that’s when we thought we should do something together. What if we created a scene ourselves? I was the only humourist in the group.

It was tiring for me to go look for scenes or wait for people to call me to make scenes. To do stand-up, you have to learn the theory but you also have to practice. You have to train, make scenes to gain experience and learn from your mistakes. What I was not doing yet. It needed a scene where I could express myself freely.

Actually, the goal was not even to create a Comedy Club. We just said: “We will create a scene”. We started like this. We looked for the name: “Cotonou Stand-Up”, “We Stand-up” “We are Stand-Up”, “Koutonou Kônu” (Cotonou laughs, editor’s note). We were pissed off not finding a name and at the end we thought:

It’s simple ! It’s in Cotonou, theater café decor? Come on, hop. Cotonou Comedy Club. CCC. Point. Here!

We then began to work, to see each other all the time, to organize. We had to bring people together. We discovered there were plenty who planned to create a Comedy Club but without success. What made our success …? It’s a secret (evil sniggers)

We worked for over a year and a half just to make a Comedy Club. We were discreet, nobody knew. We published some photos, we put CCC. First, we did surveys to find people who were passionate about stand up and wanted to get in humor. We had reactions. Then we did a “kind” of casting. There were those who had seen me on stage, who were keen and closer. There were those who liked humor. That’s how oddly, the Comedy Club was formed.

Kenneth Yannick on a stage of Ⓒ Cotonou Comedy Club

We faced failures, like everyone else. The first time we started was in 2016. We were hit hard because we were in a hurry. We worked for about five months. It must have been the first edition of the Cotonou Comedy Club. And there, something happened. At the last rehearsal, a week before the launch of the Comedy Club, we realized that it was not going to make it. Nobody was really ready. I, too, had just started. It was not that good already. We could not do a show of the scale we wanted. That’s where Morel told me something funny. He told me :

Kenneth, frankly, we saw the rehearsals. It’s clear, the guys are not ready. I prefer that you go alone on stage.

I did :

  •     What? No, that’s not possible ! I’m not ready.

No, you underestimate yourself. You can do it. It’s better that you do it alone on stage but we will not call it “Comedy Club”. Make your show. Because we’ve been working for months, we’re not going to leave just that way. I feel like you can do a show.

  •     Oh? Okay, if you think we can do it, we’ll do it.

Now we needed a name for the show. I had always dreamed to call my first show “Kenneth makes his Comic out! ”

I was inspired by the show “Anthony Kavanagh makes his Coming Out”. But for me, it was “Comic Out” to say “The first Benin humorist makes his comic-out”.

The poster was ready, with me on it. But I thought it was too pretentious. “Who am I ? I need more experience to make my comic out. ” Somehow, I still have this complex. I gave up.

  •     Take off my photo and my name. Just let Comic out to make it softer.

I asked for at least two more people, at least the best we had worked with; so that they come to help me on the show. And that’s how the Comic Out was born.

So the truth behind the Comic Out is that it was a failure of the Comedy Club. What people do not know. They thought it was a show. But what is crazy, and until today I can not believe it, I wrote the Comic Out in a week. The week before the date.

We did a show of one hour and 15 minutes. 3 comedians besides me did 10 minutes each. And I managed the rest alone. About 40 to 50 minutes on the stage. So far I wonder how I did that. Comedians often take 1 to 2 years to prepare their show.

At this moment, I am preparing a show myself. I have been preparing it for a very long time. Even for a show of one hour, you have to take the time to do it. But I managed to prepare a show of 50 minutes in one week. I do not know if it was the adrenaline or the circumstances. But we did it.

After that, we really focused on the Cotonou Comedy Club. This time, we calmed down.

  •     No more failure like the Comic Out. We’re doing a real humor show this time.

We tried to recruit humorists, more predisposed to humor than the others. The researches were well filtered. And there, on August 4, 2017, the first stand-up scene in Benin was born. The Cotonou Comedy Club.

How did you fund it? How did that happen ?

No funding. Until today it’s magic but we do our shows without sponsors. Everything comes from our own pockets and those of the public. We are not rich kids. It is with our meager means and passion that we do it. It’s completely mutual help. What people find incredible, we do it spontaneously.

Even when Rfi questioned me, they could not believe it when we told them we had no sponsors. Our technique is pre-sales and it’s that money we use to organize the shows. And also money from our own pocket. We remain cautious, we do not use immediately the money of the pre-sale. It’s hard, it’s the hustle. It’s annoying but the pleasure you feel on the stage erases everything. We starve to make people laugh.

What has been the impact of the CCC?

Already, on ourselves, the CCC has created a crazy atmosphere, a new family. When we go to rehearsals, we work but we laugh. Many would like to be in our place. Before, we did not realize how lucky we were, what we had created. I am (a little) proud of that. To find Morel, Fadil and me,laughing from the beginning to the end. There is rigor, we work well, we have our small problems like all groups but we care for one another. Now on others.

With the CCC, Beninese now have something entertaining. As of entertainment here, there is nothing. The money people spend in night clubs is too much. But when you ask someone who has never come to the CCC to pay a ticket, he will doubt. to pay money with no guarantee that he will laugh, he will space out. If it’s to go to the Code Bar to get drunk, do shit and get fucked up, he’ll spend tens of thousands.

But those who discovered us did not let us go. There were people reluctant on social networks, who said that 5000 F is expensive for a show. They still came and became our biggest fans now. After the show, we heard fantastic things. “5000 is not much for what you did for us”.

People prefer to come to the Cotonou Comedy Club, laugh, enjoy and eat instead of going to spend their money in clubs and in naughty stuff. There are even people who come for the girls. We’re on stage, we make the girl laugh and he brings her back.

Kenneth, what keeps your flame burning inside you?

I like what I do. If I was paid, I would logically say the money. But there is nothing that compels me to do it. It’s because I have dreams that I am persevering. I do not want to abandon them. I want to see my dreams come true. There’s a quote I love, I do not remember who is the author. The quote says, “I want to see what will happen if I do not give up.” It absolutely means everything. I see it as a form of curiosity.

To give up is easy. Just do it and I live the rest of my life as a sports teacher. Quitting brings something predictable. But what if I do not give up? I do not know what will happen and I am curious to find out.

I want to see everything that will happen if I realize my dreams. I have no interest in giving up. I have to do it. In fact, I have a duty to do it because I like it and because I feel good when I do it. What’s the point in giving up? None. Even if I do not have the support, I will continue. That’s what keeps my flame.

End of the first part.

Arc 2: The king of humorists, it will be him

We from the outside, we see his talent and everything he has already accomplished but for him it is not enough. He thinks he have not done half of what he should do to earn the title of Irawo.

If there are people who think like him that they do not deserve a certain recognition, we can say to them: “Here we are. Look at Straw-hat Kenneth. He does not think he has done anything yet. But Irawo knows what he’s done, shows it to him, and shows it to you too. “

Anna Mélodie, reporter for Irawo

Kenneth is more than a sensation of the moment. It’s a real identity that Irawo makes us discover. A stimulant (A small allusion to “défoncé”, one of his video series.) In short, more than a story, more than a model, more than an Irawo, Kenneth Yannick is a revelation. You can read a piece of you in him. In his laughs but also in his experience so strong. Without knowing it, his story makes you discover something about yourself.

Kenneth is now my favorite Irawo. I do not think, for the moment, that someone can dethrone him in my mind.

Mauriac Jude, IRAWO HUNTER

Why the Blédard of 229?

The Bledard of 229 is the Youtuber. He has nothing to do with Kenneth. Most of the friends I had in 2013, those to whom I was showing my videos, were traveling. Everyone went to study and I lost myself due to lack of resources. Short. So it just came, just like that. The nickname I had at first was a Blédard. I was with a friend, Aristide, and I asked him:

  •     What if I call my page, “Un Blédard”? It’s cool, a Blédard.
  •     Yeah, why not, he told me

This is how Un Blédard would made vines. A Blédard used to make videos. Then a Bledard matured. A Blédard had a long break of 6 months. A Blédard came back, started doing podcasts. My first podcast was in 2015. It is from this podcast that a Blédard became the Blédard of 229.

Now, I put Kenneth Yannick on my Facebook page and Le Bledard of 229 on my videos because I want to differentiate between the two characters. The guy who makes videos is more into a mood where he tries to make a difference. But Kenneth, he’s doing stand-up. The Blédard of 229 could do stand-up … but on Youtube. As long as I make people laugh, anything that comes close to humor, I’ll do it.

With Youtube and Facebook, you created a virtual scene. How do people react?

It is complicated. Mylène Flicka is one of the first to have really discovered me in 2015. I am one of the oldest Youtubers-vineurs of Benin. I am really convinced that I was the first to make vines, in 2013. I did not see anyone doing it and I was ashamed to publish them. I only shared with my friends who pushed me to launch in 2014. They said to me: “Go on Youtube, on Facebook to show more people”. When I started posting on my youtube channel, nobody wanted to do it with me.

Today’s vinemakers are too lucky. Before, it was the catacombs. You could not make videos with anyone. When you called someone to do it, he was going to be like “No, I do not want my dad to see me on Facebook doing stuff”. It was this mentality that people had. Today, I am shocked that people have adapted so much.

Everyone makes videos now. But at the time, why did not they want? They were rare. Then people did not understand the Vines. They thought I was doing classic humor. Why are your videos only 6 seconds long? I had to answer this type of comments. It’s vines! A vine is 6 seconds and with the application. If you do more than 6 seconds, it’s not a vine anymore.

Today, there is an inflation. It’s not the same anymore and it’s complicated. The type of humor that I do on Youtube and Facebook is very technical. The style is particular. I make puns, without ridicule. Because of this style that is not recognized by all, it does not necessarily work the way I want it. I do maybe 10,000 views, 2000, 5000 (Since the time of the interview, Kenneth is now more than 300 000 views per video, ed) but not everyone understands this style.

And it’s difficult when you remember that you started before everyone else and that those who started right after you, do basic or ridiculous things, have more subscribers or more views than you. Even if you do not dwell on the views, at one point, it pains a little and it pushes you to question yourself. But afterwards, there are still people who support me and who love. As long as these people are here, we continue.

Juggling between students and spectators, how do you manage there and who is your best audience?

It is extremely difficult. Contrary to what people think the world of education is not easy, especially in Benin. You have enormous responsibilities. You must teach and also educate. This is not the same. So when you’re there, you take another face. Prof Kenneth it’s another Kenneth. Sometimes I let some jokes slipp because I can not help myself.

But at school, you’re supposed to be a teacher. You have a code of conduct to follow and that is why I don’t really like teaching in general education. If you ask me to teach humor, I will be 100% okay.. This is one of my dreams, to create a school of humor in Benin.

I can not do something that I do not like. I do not like being a secondary school teacher but that’s what feeds me, allows me to help my family and all that. If I could, I would not do it. I would focus 100% on humor. (Since the time of the interview, Kenneth has definitively ended his activity as a teacher to devote himself to humor, editor’s note).

I admit that confronting students helped me in the stand-up. I am young and very often I have classes of 6th and 7th grade where the students are much bigger than me and to whom i have to teach things. Today, whatever the audience, I go on stage and I do it. I am comfortable.

What is your reaction to Beninese public support on social networks?

In truth, this is a complex problem that Beninese do not want to realize. How to explain ? There is a problem that is real. It is the problem of Beninese support for local art. It’s not just about humor. It’s everywhere. But people do not want to admit that there is a problem.

It’s not up to us to complain about that. I am against those who say that it is the artists who are not good enough as much as I am against the artists who complain about it all the time. People who do not support you, you can not do anything to them. What are you going to do ? Are you going to force them to support you? To share your videos? No. They do not care.

The artist must work. That’s all he has to do. What you are doing is not for support. We can not continue to complain that Beninese do not support us. There is a reality. There are many who are petty. And we are tempted to say that it is the majority.

Those who told me that I was not going to succeed, when they saw me at “Le parlement du Rire” , came back after to tell me in face or by message like nothing ever happened: “This guy, he is a genius. I always thought he was going to get there. In such a short time, he managed to do it. An international scene, he must have worked hard and all. ”

It’s amazing when you hear that kind of thing, you’re speechless. WTF? The same person who said you were never going to succeed, why did it take that abraod recognition to change his mind? Why did another country have to call him before for you to recognize the talent of one of your compatriots? This is the real problem.

There are others who will come on your page, every day, watch your videos and even tell you that they are cool but who will never share them, will never hit a like. They are going to enjoy but in secret, just because you’re someone they know, they go around with, they’ve been to school with, with who they’re in the same neighborhood. There are many reasons. First, in Benin, the internet connection is problematic. There are many Beninese who are not on the internet. Then come this Beninese pride which is a reality. It should not be denied. Do not run away from the problem.

You can not solve a problem when you do not recognize that it exists. It’s been 5 years that I’m on Youtube and I have only 200 subscribers (Since the interview, his Youtube channel has more than 1000 subscribers, ed). I am well placed to complain but I will not do it. This is the first time I really talk about this subject. I have always experienced this injustice but I do not complain.

You can not solve a problem when you do not recognize that it exists. Kenneth Yannick Click To Tweet

Why are Beninese who travel to other African countries complain all the time about Beninese support? Why do not they come back? Why are those who are outside but do not do a quarter of what we do as work have more subscribers than us? We who are in Benin, we work every day, but we are told that it is because we do not work enough. Why as soon as one travels, does the speaking change? These are the questions that must be asked.

I am also against the artists who complain about it. Shut up and go work. As long as you do not have that support, consider that it’s because you do not work enough. Work always pays. We know that it’s like that, we do with it. It’s up to you to fight and change things.

If Beninese are waiting for external recognition to support you, seek external recognition. But what an artist does is complicated. He does not do it to please, but for his art to please. You have to do it for yourself, because it makes you happy to please others. The rest comes after.

But if you publish something, it’s because you expect reactions otherwise you would have watched it with your friends or alone in your bed. You wait for people to recognize your work with comments, shares and likes. What is difficult in Benin precisely because there is this problem. But you do not have to spit all the time. Work, earn this recognition and they will respect you. When that’s the case, there you can talk. I can not do it right now. One day, Beninese will change. It’s up to us to work for that.

One day, the Beninese will change. It's up to us to work for that. #KennethDoitPercer Click To Tweet

I know that what I say is delicate. Saying that to an artist who is striving, spending sleepless nights, but because of pettiness, we do not recognize his talent, it’s sensitive. But at the same time, it’s relative. There are people who do not work enough and who are waiting for that support. We will not share your video if it sucks. There are also those who work a lot and who make good content but who are affected. To close the debate, continue to work. It is true that it is harder but it will pay. I reckon that there is a problem but I am not stopping there.

Have you ever had regrets since you started?

Yes several times. Let’s not lie to each other, to make the ideal and perfect guy, . It’s a hype for CEO movies and magazines. Of course I regretted. I still do sometimes. Because the conditions in the country relatively to art are not really good. Artists are not rewarded. Only recently have I learned that artists should receive something a month. It’s a crazy thing.

When French rappers talk about SACEM, it’s a well organized structure where you record when you’re an artist. In Benin, there is a structure for artists that is supposed to do that and who gets the funding for it. But tumors has it, the money disappears every time. It’s incredible. I did not know. I fell from the clouds. Since I learned this, when I go out in the street I want to ask:

  •     Hey guy, are you aware that there is a structure that must reward artists but do not do it? And you walk like that, quietly in your life? Are you serious ?
Kenneth Yannick by Cheero Keed, for IRAWO TALENTS
The humorist with the straw hat, by Cheero Keed

For me it’s unimaginable. Yet, there are plenty of artists in this country who do amazing stuff. It is not something to neglect. What music or art does to people is priceless. Nobody raises the problem. Our media in Benin are only political. The country is not ready for art. Being an artist in Benin is suicidal.

I sometimes regret to spend sleepless nights on videos that people do not necessarily capture or do not really share much; to do scenes that people do not understand. I happen to organize big shows, to sold out tickets and to still have problems to pay my rent. It happens. But as long as you love what you do, regrets are a few seconds.

Have you ever been afraid of boring the public?

The more you evolve, the more the fear of the public disappears to give place to the fear of not being up to it. The fear of missing your text. It’s up to you to work on rehearsals to find out what part of your text is likely to bother the audience.

What made your loved ones accept your passion?

The sold out shows. That’s all. Let’s tell each other the truth. It’s the sold out shows. As soon as they hear the tickets are over, they say “Ahh so it works!”

What forms of support did you receive?

Very strong moral support from my older sister, my girlfriend and some friends. They are not so much, but some have believed in me from the beginning and others have ended up doing it too. For them, I had to go far. There is also Mylène Flicka, she has an undeniable flair. Since 2015, she had already written an article about me when I had not done anything yet. I was doing some videos there but she had already written.

We all sometimes want to let go, because we are saturated, because it is too much. And you, how do you feel in these moments? How do you get through?

I’m looking at Gad Elmaleh, Daddy’s upstairs. Those who follow me on Snapchat often notice it. I put “Back to Sources” but they do not know why. When things go wrong, I will follow the first shows that made me want to do some humor. Or I’m walking around, thinking about nature, about life, about what would happen if I die tomorrow. (He starts to sing)

We all want to let go, because we are saturated, that it is too much. And you, how do you feel in these moments? How are you doing?

I’m looking at Gad Elmaleh, Daddy’s upstairs. Those who follow me on Snapchat often notice it. I put “Back to Sources” but they do not know why. When things go wrong, I will follow the first shows that made me want to do some humor. Or I’m walking around, thinking about nature, about life, about what would happen if I die tomorrow. (He starts to sing)

What is your style of humor? What are your techniques to make the audience laugh?

I use a lot of situational humor, observation and puns. Humor by the absurd has become my favorite kind of humor. It’s a lot smarter as humor and harder to work. It’s really a challenge for me and I love challenges!

When you want to break through, what would you say are the 3 things not to do?

One : To reject the critics. This is very serious. You can not move forward if you reject the critics. You have to accept them even when they are not constructive. The guy who does “That’s shit” under your video, you managed to get him to comment. It’s a feat that people underestimate. For him to take his smartphone and tap with his fingers “It sucks”, he still took time to comment on your video. You marked him. The truth is that whoever really does not like your video, it zaps.

You must never think that you have everything. There is always something to fix. No work is perfect for me. We must work to achieve this perfection. Someone insignificant can teach you something insignificant that will help you achieve something big. Nothing is ever totally good and we never manage to do exactly what we have planned. Just do the best you can and do better than before. When you watch my videos, there is always something more; an extra effort. I always make the following video better than the previous one.

Someone insignificant can teach you something insignificant that will help you achieve something big. Kenneth Yannick Click To Tweet

You must never cheat on your girlfriend. (Laughs)

Third thing: Do not try to satisfy everyone. We never do unanimous.

And things to do?

To work. Never give up. Work always pays. Even if it is not now, work always ends up paying off. I keep repeating it. I piss everyone off with it. And although I’m the kind of person who always works alone, you have to learn to surround yourself with good people. We always end up being disappointed when we count on bad people. If you can find people with the same vibe as yours, it works. We can not do everything alone but we must not rely too much on people.

When you think of Kenneth 5 years ago … If you had to send him a message, what would you say to him?

Five years ago, I was the beginning. I do not want to change anything in Kenneth’s life from 5 years ago. I do not want to tell him something that will upset him, except: “Continue. And especially be careful on August 8, 2016, do not go out of your house. You’ll make an accident, bastard! “(Laughs) That’s all. I will say to him “Continue that’s all. Everything is going very well in the future. There is Talon who starves us but hey,heads up!.

Do you believe in your lucky star?

People did not believe in me. If I do not believe in myself, who will believe in me? I do not have a choice. Believe in yourself first, others will come after. We do as we can. It reminds me of a dialogue in the manga Gurren Lagan:

  •     Aniki (big brother, editor’s note), I do not trust in myself. I will not be able to do it.
  •     Stop Simon! I know you do not believe in yourself but do you believe in me?
  •     Yes, I believe in you
  •     So believe in me who believes in you.

I did not find anyone to believe in me. So, I started by myself.

I did not find anyone to believe in me. So, I started by myself. Click To Tweet

Imagine, in 5 years…

In 5 years, the Cotonou Comedy Club is the biggest stage of stand-up. We have toured everywhere, in Africa and around the world. We made the Comic Out, a great comedy show like Marrakech du Rire. People will leave their country to come and laugh in Benin. And I see myself touring everywhere. Because I want to conquer the world.

Because I want to conquer the world. @ lebledardu229 #KennethDownPercer Click To Tweet

What are your favorite themes?

At my debuts, I would sink into ease. What do I call ease? Women, sex. What everyone is talking about now. It is annoying because I am very anti-conformist. I had the feeling of doing like everyone else.

I’m doing videos on scotches and cans now. Making a video on a can is much more interesting than useless debates that do not bring progress. At least when I’m doing a video on a tape, I’m talking about what people feel when they can not find the end of the roll. Those are things that happen. When I make humor of it, I feel much more fulfilled.

It’s easier to insult black people or make fun of blacks. But it’s more complicated to make humor on those who make fun of blacks.

It’s easier to write about women, to make sexist jokes, jokes completely disgusting, dirty, about sex. But it’s more complicated to do the opposite. That’s the challenge. And that’s what allows a comedian to stand out. You write on pretty common subjects of everyday life with a completely different style.

So basically, that’s my favorite theme. I write about everything around me. I write about absolutely everything but I try to be different from what the crowd does.

What would you have liked to know before you started?

That the world of showbiz is dirty. It’s a mess. A ruthless world, the African showbiz. If I knew that before I started, I would not have fallen so high when I learned some things. I would not even have gone to “Le parlement du rire”, for example. I would have protected myself a lot more against some things. I would have known that not everyone is there like me for passion. There are many who are there for the money. Everyone is not cool or free. You have to be wary of people, even in humor.

Do you earn a living as a humorist?

Not yet. But I know that someday i will.

How does a humorist make his art profitable?

With shows, with sponsors, with partners, being an influencer for brands. That’s all. That’s how it works. Shows, entries, incomes and especially brands. This is especially so. Advertisements and brands, that’s it today.

Tell us, how did you end up in “Le parlement du rire”?

I did not apply to Le parlement du rire. One day, I was contacted by Claxik Media who asked me for written sketches and videos of my scenes. I did not even know why. I naturally sent. A few months earlier, I had participated in a Claxik Media event, Comic Session where I had presented a stand-up.

So, they knew me. Keboh Okioh, who heads Claxik Media, then explained to me that Le parlement du rire, a show that brings together African comedians, was looking for a comedian from Benin. And they chose me. Claxik was the intermediary. Claxik Media has somehow booked me. It’s thanks to them that I managed to go.

How did you feel, Kenneth Yannick?

I was not that excited but I was happy. It was a step, a step to be taken to evolve. I often compare my career to One Piece. Those who are fans will know the references. For me it was a bit like leaving East Blue, my little Cotonou and going to the next island. But it was still a big step. I was proud to be the first Beninese humorist to be able to cross this course. If so far no one has been able to do it and I’m doing it, it means there’s something. Still…

At the same time, I can not say that I had this pressure because I was the first to represent my country there. What I was going to do, what I was going to present, my attitude, my behavior, my art, the quality of what I was going to present would influence the outcome. That’s how I went to Ivory Coast. I met lots of people from everywhere. It was a beautiful human experience because I met people I used to see on TV, on the internet; great Youtubers, great comedians, Gohou, Mamane …

It made me very happy because it was the first time that I really felt in a group of people who shared (almost) the same vision of things as mine. Here, I’m the first one who did this or that, stand-up, comedy club blah-blah-blah. But it’s good to be in an environment where people are already in it. In Cotonou, I was the little goldfish in a jar. How to explain to you ? There, the goldfish was in a lake with other goldfish. But the other fish are not necessarily on the same page as the new goldfish. They still all are goldfishes (laughs). It’s stupid, huh.

What are the lessons you learned from “Le parlement du rire”?

I met great people and some less great people. It’s like that everywhere. During the rehearsals, I immediately understood one thing. The goldfish quickly realized that even the other goldfish are different from him. He was a goldfish with multicolored stains.

What does it mean ? I realized during the rehearsals that I had a style that was even more different from the others. I do not know if it was good or bad, but I soon realized that I had a much more Western style. It can be bad. When you want to make people laugh, people who have not asked you anything, it’s up to you to make them laugh.

It is the first difficulty I encountered. I was afraid that my style was not adapted enough to the Ivorian public who would be there. People reassured me. They told me :

  • You have to know that you are doing a show and it’s the whole world watching you. You do not have to worry about those who are there. “
  • You’re just doing your show for the whole world.

It gave me confidence. I did my skits and it worked well. All the comedians had come back to see me.

  • Waoh, you have a very western style. Would we put you in front of a white public, you would make them die of laughter.

When I first arrived, it was more like:

  • Hey, we did not know that there were comedians who did stand up in Benin. It’s a surprise. We know that Beninese are only about Vodoun.

It is true that I was proud to hear that but I was also disappointed to see that Benin had that reputation all that time in terms of humor. I was also proud to show that we Beninese, we have intellectual humor, refined and we could do stand-up. In fact, that’s the goal. That’s important.

So we did the rehearsals, the sketches and we filmed everything. I did my show and I went back to Benin. I had new contacts, we had fun, we laughed. For what happened on my return …

I understood that in the world of showbiz, it is necessary to differentiate passion and Show Business. It’s something I did not know before going there. It hurt me not to have known before going there. It would have allowed me to take on the things that happened after Le parlement du rire (the Parliament of Laughter). Because it was not only positive. There are things I will not talk about, which I will not mention at all.

But if I knew, I would have been more cautious and I would have paid more attention to what was being said to me. It allowed me to learn that behind people’s smiles, there are wolves disguised as lambs. You have to be careful. It’s true, you’re passionate, you want to make everyone laugh but not everyone is on the same page. Show business is much harder than that. You have to have a strong mind to support. I learned that people will always want to break your legs, break your feet.

I also understood that the more they will want to break your feet, the more it will show how good you are and that you are on the right track. They will never try to stop you if you are bad. When people try to tease you all the time, that means you have something they do not want you to develop. Here are the lessons I learned.

So, whatever happens, whatever people say, you have to trust yourself, trust in what you like to do because it’s the only real thing you have. You can not be sure that people are real, but you can be sure that your passion, at least, is true.

You can not be sure that people are real, but you can be sure that your passion, at least, is true. Click To Tweet

Why the straw-hat humorist?

Mugiwara no Kenneth. Because I am a big fan of mangas, but kind of a very big fan, purist even, purist purist thoroughly; Otaku, true true fan of mangas from the base until today. One Piece, best manga of the world, world number one. We aaaare One pieeeeece.

It’s because I’m a fan of the One Piece manga that I consider to be the greatest written piece ever made (He begins to scream). The greatest written work! The greatest written work! One Piece forever! One, two three! Viva One Piece!

(eventually calm down)

I’m a fan of One Piece, and so a fan of straw hat Luffy, his journey. I compare myself very often to him because there are many similar things and all; His leaving East Blue to become the king of pirates.

The humorist with the straw hat came quite recently. It is a dear friend of mine whom I love very much. I met her on twitter, she was a fan of my videos and all that.

One day, I was called and told that there was a surprise from someone. And I swear I was very surprised. I went and there what do I see? The straw hat! Someone who has had the time to watch me, watch my tweets to know that I’m really a fan of One Piece and that’s what would really make me happy. And she sent it to me.

It’s something I’ve always dreamed about : wearing a straw hat. Straw hat that will allow me to PIERCE HEAVENS and become the king of blah-blah-blah … To be continued.

In our country, there are no shops, people are not really into Otaku culture, Mangas and all that and I could not get any. And that she offered it to me like that, it really pleased me and naturally I wore it and I always wear it. That’s how I became the humorist with the straw hat.

You would not be a little looking for the One Piece, too?

I already see the title of Irawo. You and your spectacular titles there (laughs). In search of One Piece, the unshakable humorist with his straw hat [laughs]. And noone will be good enough. [Laughs]

So Yeah Yeah, The One piece! Why not ? I’m looking for the One Piece.

What advice could you give to a young person who wants to engage in humor?

There is no Djê (Money, ed)! Do not come ! If you are passionate, you come. But if it’s for the money, do not come. I’m not good at advices. A young person who wants to go into humor, I will say to him: Do what you like. It does not matter what people say about you. Just do what you like and want to do. Take the time to listen to them. Listening to them does not mean that you have to do what they ask you to do. Take the time to listen to them. Listen to what good they say, which will serve you. Throw away what is bad. Persevere, never give up and all your work will always pay; because work always pays.

What can be the place of humor in African society?

I do not know. Frankly, I do not know. A great place anyway, because humor is important, people do not realize. If only people knew that their businesses would go better if they laughed all the time, if there was a good atmosphere, if they laughed from time to time, we comedians would be really good. They do not know.

Us, we know what humor gives us in everyday life. But we can not describe it. But one day they will know. You must chill. You can not do anything by being serious completely. You have to have fun in what you do. When you have fun doing a job, the job is better done.

When you have fun doing a job, the job is done better. Kenneth Yannick Click To Tweet

And this is the place that humor must occupy in society. But Beninese do not understand that yet. The Ivorians have understood and despite the war, when you go to Abidjan it’s fantastic! It’s fantastic ! To have fun and have fun while being serious. Here is the secret.

Basically, we all pursue a specific idea, hidden in our ardor. What is yours?

Always do what you want to do, absolutely. This is the absolute idea that I pursue. In life, you always have to do what you want to do, whatever the cost. Because life, it belongs to you. I wanted to be funny, I braved everything to make humor. Always do what you want to do and do it every day because you do not know if you’ll be here tomorrow. If you want to eat something and you have the money, there is no point in keeping it for tomorrow. Eat your lease, boys! Enjoy life. Live the present moment.

It’s true that you have to invest. But to preparing the future must not prevent you from living the present. If you spend your time in the future, you will regret not having lived. Later, you will not have enough strength or time to live. We must live every moment and always see the positive side of things. Life is made of advantages and disadvantages. Everything is positive and negative. There is nothing that is completely positive and nothing that is completely negative. Always look at the positive side, throw the negative side and live. Everything will be alright.

Preparing the future must not prevent you from living the present. #KennethDoitPercer Click To Tweet

That’s the idea that I have in mind and that’s what allows me to do everything I do. This will always be my course of action. I am sure that if I continue like this, I will succeed whatever I want to do.

I want to be at the top. And when I speak of summit, it is not to be the best humorist of Benin even less of Africa. It’s bigger than that. If I did not want it and it was someone who was forcing me, do you think I would do it as well as now? No, that’s not possible. I rarely listen to what people say. It is a defect and a quality.

People always talk. It’s better to do what you want to do, so you have no regrets. It may be because I have been taught not to rely on others. Go after your convictions. Go to the end of what you do. I always finish what I started even if it’s not good.

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A question we should have asked?

Am I a virgin? Oh yes of course I am. And no, the question that you should have asked me: do I really masturbate as I say on twitter? Yes I am a real wanker, Always! The soap always, friends. The soap ! The soap, guys.

End of the story

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