Kenneth Kimuli’s career took on an upward turn after winning the first ever ‘Stand up Uganda’ show by Mnet Africa. Being a comedian is his life, but now that he has a family his priorities are changing fast. We caught up with him and he told us how he balances both.
Who is ‘Pablo’ and who is ‘Kenneth Kimuli’?
Pablo is the lighter side of Kenneth Kimuli. Kenneth Kimuli is the law abiding citizen married to Karen Hasahya Kimuli and are blessed with a baby boy Kangye Weishemwe. Kenneth does research for Pablo and Pablo executes the duties.
Did you always know that you would be a comedian?
I had no idea that I would ever become a joy activist. I was hilarious and believed that I would invest my humour in writing as a journalist.
When did you get your big break?
It was in 2004 when I joined the comedy outfit Theatre Factory. They are the pioneers of sketch comedy. It was not until 2006 when I got a job that demanded all my time and I successfully failed to make it for rehearsals. I talked to the director Philip Luswata who understood my challenge and accepted to give me only five minutes of the show to do standup comedy. The rest is history. Winning ‘Standup Uganda’ in 2009 also propelled my career to another level and I started my own show, ‘The Pablo Show’.
How do you find balance between family and your career?
Being good at one makes me better at the other. I make sure that they complement each other and never interfere with the other’s time.
What is your greatest weakness?
My greatest weakness to date has always been saying ’NO’ even when I know that I can’t help or be there for you. I always believe there is room for a ‘YES’ even when you are between a rock and a hard place.
What is the ‘Pablo show’ all about?
‘Pablo Live Show’ is about highlighting the lighter side of serious issues. It’s also a platform for up and coming comedians to showcase their artistry and yes, we unplug celebrities and different personalities in the most hilarious way.
Who has been your most memorable guest on the show?
That would be the former Minister of Ethics and Integrity Hon. Dr Miria Matembe. She was not only hilarious but also very eloquent and articulate with her figures and facts.
If there was anything you would do different, what would it be?
I wouldn’t indulge in taking alcohol. It almost rendered me useless in the first half of my life. I’m glad I don’t take it anymore.
What is your greatest achievement?
I gave my life to Christ on 09th September 2003. It’s the greatest decision I have ever made in my life to achieve God’s gift of salvation.
What would like to be remembered by?
I would like to be remembered as the man who turned every 60 seconds of bitterness into a minute of happiness.