How The Haitian-American Comedy Team Behind Haitian Husbands Struck Comedy Gold, Part 1

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If you’re part of Team Haiti, but have never heard of Haitian Husbands, then you’re probably a newbie to the Instagram game. Made up of two South Florida-based friends named James and Jonas, the comedic duo has been provoking laugh attacks, and funny bone inflammation everywhere with their daring jokes and pranks all captured for Instagram and Youtube. Many became acquainted with them through their widely-shared videos on Facebook, but now look forward to seeing their few-seconds-long comedy bits on Instagram. Hundreds have flocked to see them at their stand-up shows with fellow comedians.

That’s the what of Haitian Husbands. And the why? Haitian-Americans are connecting with one another on social media, and a common childhood is one of the things we all share. While not all Haitian-Americans may be able to identify with the jokes, enough do so that Haitian Husbands…boys…have been able to brand themselves as one of the mavens of Haitian-American comedy.

This is my interview with Jonas (also known as the one who’s bearded).

K. St. Fort: What made you get into comedy?

Well, since “lekol”, I was always that dezod kid who got suspended or in trouble for being the class clown. It came naturally to me, although normally I just don’t concern myself with comedy only. I’d rather look at myself as an “entertainer”.

K. St. Fort: Why the name Haitian Husbands?

We started just under two years ago by the name “Haitian Husbands of South Flowida”. It was originally intended as a web series on Youtube (you can still find it). There was originally four of us. [But] when the number got down to two (Jonas and James), we decided to just keep Haitian Husbands. It Sounded like nothing that was out there and allowed us to be original and different.

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K. St. Fort: What’s the funniest thing that’s happened to you as a person?
Running down a hallway in the seventh grade…late to class. At that time, I still wore tidy whities—kalson. I ran too fast and fell and you could see all my kalson and a** just out in the open. I thought it was embarrassing at the time, but looking back on it I laugh.

K. St. Fort: What’s it like working with James?
I’ve known James for 20 Years now. I really couldn’t tell you [Laughter]. He’s like my right arm…always there. So you can only understand that we do have a share of disputes and disagreements. But when it’s all said and done, we make great work together.

K. St. Fort: Which comedians do you find to be the most inspiring?
I don’t see us as pure comedians. We do the comedy—as a form of entertainment that everyone will remember. I’ve always said, “You’ll always remember someone who made you laugh or smile”, Which is why we took the comedy first to the people. Also we see a lot of these “viral videos” and Instagram/Vine stars who do videos for their respective audience whether it be American, Spanish, Jamaican etc…We looked at it AND said, “What about the Haitians”?

K. St. Fort: As a comedy team, do you guys ever disagree as to what creative direction to go in with a project?

All [the] time…we’re arguing right now.

K. St. Fort: What can fans look forward to?
Web series and more web series, and more web series: “1804” and “Pilfer”. [Laughter] Won’t speak to much on that as of right now. [Smiles]

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ABOUT K. St FortK. St. Fort is the Editor and Founder of, well, Kreyolicious.com and wishes to give you a heartfelt welcome to her site. She loves to read, write, and listen to music and is fascinated by her Haitian roots, and all aspects of her culture. Speaking of music, she likes it loud, really, really loud. Like bicuspid valve raising-loud. Her other love are the movies. She was once a Top 50 finalist for a student screenwriting competition, encouraging her to continue pounding the pavement.She has completed several screenplays, with Haiti as the backdrop, one of which tackles sexual abuse in an upper middle class Haitian family, while another has child slavery as its subject. She is currently completing another script, this time a thriller, about two sisters who reunite after nearly 10 years of separation. A strong believer in using films to further educational purposes, and to raise awareness about important subjects, she has made it a point to write about social issues facing Haiti, and making them an integral part of her projects.She has interviewed such Haitian-American celebrities as Roxane Gay, Garcelle Beauvais, Jimmy Jean-Louis, Briana Roy, Karen Civil, and many, many more.And that’s her writing this whole biographical sketch. She actually thinks writing about herself in the third person is cute.MY WEBSITEKreyolicious ™: kree-ohl-lish-uh s: Surely an adjective…the state of being young, gorgeous, fine and utterly Haitian. Kreyolicious.com™, the hub for young, upwardly mobile Haitian-Americans, is akin to a 18th Century cultural salon but with a Millennium sensibility–an inviting lair, where we can discuss literature, music, problems facing the community, and everything on the side and in-between.Kreyolicious is the premier lifestyle, culture and entertainment blog and brand of the hip, young, trend-oriented, forward thinking Haitian-American. It’s the definite hot spot to learn more about Haiti our emerging identity as a people, and explore our pride and passion about our unique and vibrant culture. Within the site’s pages, Kreyolicious.com is going to engage you, empower you, and deepen your connection to everything Haitian: the issues, the culture, our cinema, the history, our cuisine, the style, the music, the worldwide community.Make yourself at home in my cultural salon. If you’re looking to learn more about Haiti, Kreyolicious.com invites you to board this trolley on a journey–on our journey. For me too, it is a process, a non-ending cultural odyssey. If you’re already acculturated, I can certainly learn something from you. We can learn from one other, for certain.With my site, Kreyolicious.com I look forward to inspiring you, to enriching you, and to participating alongside of you, in the cultural celebration. And being utterly kreyolicious.How do you wear your kreyoliciousness? On your sleeves, like I do?Kreyoliciously Yours,Your girl K. St. Fort,Ahem, follow me elsewhere!

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