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Unless up-and-coming has a new definition, I think The Guardian has some explaining to do.


The newspaper was criticised for describing established comedians Eddie Kadi and Gina Yashere as ‘up and coming’ and ‘ones to watch’ in an article published on Friday. Capital Xtra host Kojo was also on the list.

Ones to watch? Really guys? I’ve been ‘watching’ these comedians for years, they are definitely not newbies.

The article was written by Monica Mark, who reports on African news. Her story was about Kenyan comedienne Njambi McGrath and her thoughts on black comedians in the UK.


Now if by up-and-coming Monica means ‘not mainstream’, then OK we kind of see where you’re coming from. Even though Eddie Kadi was the first black comedian to headline at the O2 Arena (that’s the big one guys, like the one Beyonce’s concerts are in.) And isn’t Gina Yashere the one who was on the The Tonight Show with Jay Leno?

That doesn’t sound like people who have just started to climb the comedy ladder…

According to the Oxford dictionary up-and-coming means:

(of a person beginning a particular activity or occupation) making good progress and likely to become successful

It’s true that Eddie and Gina have not yet achieved the same success as comedians such as Peter Kay and Michael McIntyre who make millions a year, but does that mean they should be put in the ones to watch category? Let’s have a quick look at some of Eddie and Gina’s achievements, then you can decide if they’re up-and-coming or not.

Eddie Kadi 

– Has been doing comedy since 2006

– Headlined O2 Arena with his show An Audience with Eddie Kadi in 2010

– Hosted the London Olympics basketball games in 2012

– TV appearances include: ESPN’s football chat show Talk of the Terrace, Sky sports flagship football fans show Soccer am, The 5 O’Clock Show

– Hosted Saturday morning show on Choice FM in 2011

– Performed in front of former Ghanaian president John Kufuor

– Hosted the Spirit of London awards at the Royal Albert hall with Stacy Solomon in 2011

Gina Yashere

– Over 16 years in show business

–  TV appearances include: Def Comedy Jam, The Lenny Henry Show , The Jay Leno Show, Loose Women, Mock the Week

– Had her own BBC Radio London show

– Performed dozens of sold out shows all over the world including in Hong Kong, Dubai and the US

– Her live show Skinny B*tches was shown on US channel Showtime in 2010

Looks like years of success to me. What do you guys think?