Famous Nigerian comedian, Josh Alfred popularly known as Josh2funny has become an internationally recognized comic act and social media sensation following the viral spread of the Don’t Leave Me Challenge which was originated by him.
The Instagram celebrity has earned himself a spotlight feature on New York-based media outfir, Buzz Feed as his pun-full challenge continues to garner widespread popularity. Many Americans, Asians and even Britons have been spotted doing their versions of the challenge.
Buzz Feed chronicled the comedian’s journey from the moment he shared a video of the first challenge to current trends of social media users exploring different play on words.
It all started with an Instagram post from Josh back in March, 2020 around the coronavirus lockdown period. Speaking on how it all started, Josh revealed that it had to do with how he craftily made a pun using leaf in the skit.
In his short clip, the 29-year-old joked that he was “on leave” while standing on a leaf, but it’s his camera operator and friend’s response that has given the challenge its name.
“I think it was the way my hype-man Bello said ‘don’t leave me,’ is what made it funny and catchy for people,” said Alfred. “Coupled with the fact that puns are always engaging and a bit of a brain-tasking game, I think that’s what grabbed people’s attention and why people are giving it a try.”
The comedian also said he is mindful of how trends accelerate, sometimes leaving the originators far behind or erased altogether.
“It’s bound to happen, but what I’m worried about really is another person taking the credit I deserve,” he said.
Josh2funny credits comedians like Kevin Hart, Dave Chappelle, and closer to home, Basketmouth, as inspirations for his style of comedy, a gift he discovered he had from a young age.