Internet launches career of another young comedian
With the Internet start-ups of several comedians, including Dutty Berry, Wally British and Trabass still fresh in our minds, it seems the World Wide Web has become a catalyst for launching the careers of new entertainers. Rohan Perry is no different.
It all started in 2009 with a few YouTube videos, ranting about things he had issues with. Fast-forward six years, and Rohan Perry has become Jamaica's newest Internet sensation. The comedian, known 'Quite Perry', has been taking the Internet by storm and has his sights set on turning his newfound fame into a career.
In an interview with The Gleaner, Perry revealed that comedy was something he always wanted to do.
"It was always something that came natural to me," he said. "In high school, people used to always tell me, 'Perry, you need to have your own TV show because you just too funny'."
Perry told The Gleaner that he has always had a knack for comedy and believed he would do well at it, but admitted that his recent success took him by surprise.
"I mean, I knew I was funny, but I did not expect this at all; the response has been overwhelming," he said. "I mean, I'll walk into the supermarket and people would just walk up to me and say they love my videos. It's a great feeling."
With many of his videos going viral, Perry is now looking to turn his popularity into a career.
"I am grateful that I have been granted the opportunity to possibly make it a profession," he said. "Some persons from corporate Jamaica have already reached out to me about working with them, so we'll see where it all leads soon enough."
Perry also said he is determined to build a brand for himself.
"I have a T-shirt line that's doing really well worldwide, and I'm just fully focused on building my brand because, you know, we can't just stay one place; we affi grow."
On the topic of growth, Perry said fans should expect his videos to be longer in the near future. "People have been telling me that my videos are too short, and they want more, but that has always been a part of my strategy," he explained. "I leave them wanting more so they'll keep coming back."
Also a part of his strategy is building a steady fan base, which gave Perry the idea of a meet and greet.
"I have not set a date yet, but I have been thinking about it, and will let people know about it as soon as the plans are finalised."