Kemah (she/they) is a comedian, presenter, writer, actor, drag artist and producer from Houston, TX now based in London. Her work centers Black cultural identity, mental health, sexuality, healing and well-being using entertainment as a tool for enlightenment and empowerment. She takes huge inspiration from Oprah, Beyonce and the sun – aiming to spread love, light and warmth everywhere she goes!
In addition to performing stand-up and hosting events around the UK and beyond – she has supported Hannah Gadsby, Nish Kumar, Desiree Burch and Jess Fostekew on tour. Kemah also created, curates and hosts The FOC IT UP Comedy Club, showcasing women and gender non-conforming comedians of colour.
Catch her on the medium screen hosting It’s A Sin – After Hours for Channel 4, co-hosting The Island with Tom Allen (Dave 2021), on Richard Osman’s House of Games (2021), Jonathan Ross’ Comedy Club (ITV), PLS Like (BBC 3), Fully Blown (BBC 3), Guessable (Comedy Central), Mission Accessible (channel 4), Question Team (Dave), Stand Up For Live Comedy (BBC), Don’t Hate The Playaz, Celebrity Karaoke Club: Drag Edition, CelebAbility, Apocalypse Wow! and Stand-Up Sketch Show (all ITV2). and acting in a project called Chivalry for Channel 4 filming in July.
Kemah has written and featured on Nish Kumar’s Hello America (RIP Quibi), Charlie Brooker’s Death to 2020, Death to 2021 and Attack Of The Hollywood Clichés! (all for Netflix).
Kemah is a regular co-host on The Guilty Feminist podcast, playing the Palladium and Barbican and joining their UK tour. They can also be heard featuring on… well too many other podcasts including: Off Menu, James Acaster’s Perfect Sounds (a clip from the show went semi-viral on Twitter), Sarah Millican’s Elephant in the Room and Brett Goldstein’s Films To Be Buried With. She is set to host a BBC Sounds podcast on “owning your sexuality”, and is developing a FOC IT UP! podcast with The Spontaneity Shop, the company behind The Guilty Feminist.
Kemah can be heard on ASOS ads, commercials for eCover, Expedia, Dua Lipa and more. She played Cash in the Radio 4 audio drama Napoleon Moon alongside Patterson Joseph. And will be lending her voice to a Netflix animation Deadendia and groundbreaking animated feature OZI.
Kemah uses drag artistry/ character comedy for social commentary. Her drag alter ego Lil Test Ease, a conservative rapper and men’s rights activist, has graced the West End with his presence twice, in 2019’s drag panto Cinderella and in the “Dragatha Christie” murder mystery Death Drop (2020).
Kemah is also a frequent media commentator surrounding diversity, mental health and LGBTQ+ representation and American-ness for various high profile outlets and panels such as; The Royal Television Society, The Guardian, Pink News, Vice, The i Newspaper and Stylist Live.