Okay, we at Kenyan Jewels are a little late in sharing, but it does mean that our readers get to enjoy several episodes of the ‘XYZ Show‘. The ‘XYZ Show‘ is a politcal satire show that looks at some of the most talked-about issues in Kenya and shares them with tongue-in-cheek double entendre and innuendo.
Many of the shows are extremely hilarious, but you will need to know some Sheng and Swahili to understand the full meaning. Everything started in 2003. On a trip to Paris, for an exhibition Gado took time to visit the set of “Les Guignols de l’Info“, or the “News Puppets“. Les Guignols, just like XYZ, is a spoof newscast featuring latex puppets. It has been on the air for more than 20 years and is one of France’s most popular shows ever.
To Gado it was immediately obvious that the same concept would not only be a huge success in Kenya, but could also have an important social impact by exposing, with humor, the rampant corruption and mismanagement of the country.
He was right. The show is now in it’s 5th season and is garnering a huge and loyal following. To watch all the episodes and learn more about the origins and direction of the show, visit the website. You can also follow along on their Facebook page.