He has the timeline in stitches with his witty commentary of everyday situations. Meet the internet’s new favourite sports commentator
Who is Kuhle Sonkosi?
I am 28 years old and I was born in East London. We moved quite a lot when I was younger and then my family settled in Port Elizabeth when I was eight and I have spent most of my life here in PE. I am currently a teacher at Woodridge College and I am also the first team rugby coach.
How did you get into making videos? What encouraged you to make the first one?
I have always loved to make people laugh and I love sports and I wanted to find a way to combine the two, so I thought doing interviews would be the best way to do that. I had put it off for a long time and I remember playing PlayStation at school with the kids and I had won the game, and I thought that this would the perfect opportunity to make my first video and then from there the videos started to flow.
Who are some of your favourite content creators/influencers and why?
My two favourite content creators are Siyabulela “Ta Fire” Deli and Siviwe Lutseke because they are very funny and they have been very consistent over the last couple of years and have constantly found ways to evolve their content but still remaining very funny. Mihlali Ndamase is the blueprint and someone I look up to because of how she has been able to grow and expand her brand to so many fields. That is the blueprint that I would love to follow.
Why the sports commentary format? What goes on behind the scenes?
It came from my love of sports. I spend a lot of time watching, reading and learning about sports so I wanted my videos to showcase that because it is a big part of who I am. I also wanted the videos to be relatable, so that’s why I use the sports commentary for real-life situations so that even people who don’t like sports can enjoy them because we all have to wash dishes or try and work out in January. Once I get the idea, then the first thing that goes into the video is working on the questions, then I have to convince my brother to be the cameraman and to interview me. The recording usually has 8-10 takes because most of the time it is very hard to keep a straight face and sometimes a different idea pops into my head for a certain question.
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When did you realise that your videos had gone viral and which video has been the most popular?
I realised it had gone viral once celebs that I have looked up to such as Kabelo Mabalane, Trevor Gumbi, Siya Kolisi and Donovan Goliath had seen the videos, loved them and had shared them. I had also started getting a lot more followers on Twitter and Instagram and then I realised that these videos have gone really big. My most popular video has been The Washing Dishes video.
What has the response been since your videos have become so popular?
The response has been incredible and it’s actually been something way beyond my wildest dreams. I have been able to connect with some of my heroes, I have been invited to do TV interviews, podcasts, magazine and newspaper articles. It hasn’t sunk in yet but it has been an incredible response.
Where would you like to take your content creation?
I would love to do comedy — that is something that has been dream of mine and I would love to do some stand-up comedy and just entertain people from the stage. I still want to keep creating videos, whether it is for myself or for brands because I do love the process of creating something new and I would love to work with SuperSport because sports is a big passion of mine.