The move to the States and a comedy career
Alfred moved to the United States in the early 2000s and entered the Dallas Comedy Scene in 2006 as an open micer. He turned professional in 2010 after he was spotted by local club owners and managers.
“I moved to the States almost two decades ago. It wasn’t easy moving to a foreign country where I didn’t know anybody and had no family. But it became apparent when I moved, that comedy was something I could make a living out of.”
Kainga took a 12-month break from comedy in 2007, as he felt he wasn’t realising his dream and didn’t understand the business. But then…
“Something in me always lit up when it came to comedy and being in front of people. My heart wasn’t settled during that 12-month break and I knew I had to persevere and go after what was essentially my calling.”
So in 2008, Alfred returned to the scene with renewed focus and determination. And since then he’s never looked back.
He was a finalist in the Shaq All Star Comedy Competition in 2014 and in the Funniest Comic in Texas Competition in the same year. This earned him a guest appearance on Rudy Rush’s tour. Alfred also performed in universities and colleges across Texas.
“Despite the fact that I hadn’t won, they wanted me to come out and do a guest spot for that show, which meant I had the opportunity to be on stage and work with Rudy Rush.” Kainga said that the audience was amazing and Rudy gave him a fantastic shout out after.
“Rudy got on stage and said that I was hilarious and since then I’ve worked with him a couple more times.”
While Alfred has been successful in comedy clubs in Texas, his work has also been recognised nationally and internationally. He’s appeared in clubs across the US and was one of a few comedians featured in the first season of Kevin Hart’s Comedy Central show, ‘Hart of the City’.
He’s also worked alongside some of the most celebrated comedians in the US, including Bruce Bruce, Capone, Michael Collier and Tony Roberts. He recently toured with Basketmouth, with shows in Nigeria and at the Wembley Arena in London.
“The shows in Nigeria and London were huge for me. I love performing in Africa and have just done a comedy festival in Uganda.”