Meet Kenyan Comedians Gone Viral Over Safari Rally Meme [VIDEO]
They have been used as memes many times within the Kenyan territory but their antics have spread to countries such as Zambia, Uganda and Italy.
Two Kenyan comedians, Arap Marindich and Tula Chemoget have been viral celebrities in the Kenyan online space even before their antics spread across the world within the past 24 hours.
The duo shot a video mimicking an interview involving drivers who participated in the 2022 World Rally Championship (WRC) Safari Rally, which was held during the last weekend of June between Nairobi and Naivasha counties.
They have been used as memes many times within the Kenyan territory but their antics have spread to countries such as Zambia, Uganda and Italy. A Zambian news outlet had picked up the meme in sharing photos of the celebration by Chloe Kelly after scoring the winning goal for England in the Euro 2022 women's final.
Watch the video:
@tulachemoget TULICHUKUA NUMBER 21 ???? Driver - Tula Chemoget C4986Navigator - Marindich M2146#wrcsafarirally2022#kalenjincomedy #kalenjintiktokers #kalenjintiktok ♬ original sound - tulachemoget
Kelly was so engulfed by emotion after scoring the second goal in extra time that she took off her jersey. Teammates were seen running after her in jubilation as a packed Wembley stadium roared to life.
The comedian's face was used to show the hype generated by Kelly removing the jersey but the second showed disappointment as he was stunned to discover that there was nothing exciting for him to see.
"How dare she messed with our eyes and feelings. She knew she had something under wow us were expecting something else"
"I understand him. He was really hurt. He was anxious to see things."
"When it was about to go right them boom., it goes wrong. Sorry bro," read some of the comments online.
In Italy, Serie A football club Associazione Sportiva Roma alias AS Roma shared memes of the funny duo through their Swahili Twitter account with the caption "Sa jezi ni kitu ya kunyimana? (Is a jersey something you refuse to lend out?)"
Their skit saw the face of one of the comedians covered in mounds of dirt, as a way of explaining the tough conditions rally drivers went through, especially in the Naivasha leg, where they encountered the famous 'fesh fesh', fine dust (sand) that looks like the solid ground but behaves like soft mud.
The comedian and his navigator were explaining to the interviewer that they had finished 21st in the tough course which, weirdly enough, they did not finish.
Speaking in their native Kalenjin dialect, they complained that there was no other driver from their community, adding that there were only foreigners.
The car they were seen driving during the skit turned out to be a Nissan, judging from the steering wheel. Its fellow Japanese manufacturer, Toyota, dominated this year's Safari Rally, taking up all the first four positions.
The rally was won by Kalle Rovanperä with his teammate Elfyn Evans coming in second, Takamoto Katsuta third and reigning world champion Sébastien Ogier in fourth.
This was the first 1-2-3-4 for Toyota in the Safari Rally since the 1993 Safari Rally, won by Juha Kankkunen.
Kalle Rovanperä in action at the 2022 WRC Safari Rally. /WRC.COM