The Business of Laughing Out Loud

Entertainment plays a big part in Haitian culture.

As all cultural, sporting events, and festivals are postponed or cancelled, many of us are looking ahead by embracing nostalgia to live through this historic situation.

2.6 million. That’s the number of articles written about the Coronavirus, according to Muck Rack, a media database software.

Since half of the world’s population has practically been living online and under strict recommendations to stay home and work from home, the past six weeks has been difficult.

On this piece, we’ll focus our efforts on comedy, more specifically the digital aspect of comedy in the Haitian community.

Whether you’re into stand-up, parodies, light humor, dark humor, or sketches, you’ll find something to your liking.

Junior Success, Papa Jean, Sé Joe, Tonton Bicha have all made a name in the business of telling jokes.

Before reading any further, we would like to say that none of these comedians are our clients.

Now, on to our story.

Some materials are kid friendly, others, not so much. That’s the case for Sé Joe.

Sé Joe’s videos are short and spicy. Presented under one minutes, he introduces himself, tells a joke, and walks out.

Joke of the day: Short and spicy!

Then, we have Tonton Bicha.

Tonton Bicha’s character is well loved by many. He dabbles with on stage delivery and video performances. His sketches are somewhat longer and some feel like public service announcement.

Since he makes a lot of tv commercials, crossing the line between his comedic act or paid announcements is a bit blurry.

Surprisingly, as the most notorious act, Tonton Bicha’s Facebook community only rallies 21 307 likes and 25 421 followers.

As for Junior Success, he has a strong online presence. He excels at parodies and daily relatable situations with his mom. He plays solo and have guests appearances, at times. The majority of his videos falls under five minutes.

His Facebook community unites 49 743 likes and 84 773 followers.

When it comes to Papa Jean, his videos portray comical situations of growing up in an Haitian household. The scene about using good dishes for special occasions is a classic reference.

Papa Jean’s Facebook community gathers 67 962 likes and 77 370 followers.

Named comedian of the year in 2018, Atys Panch releases short videos of funny nothingness. A smile turns into a grim, a chuckle, a good laugh.

His Facebook community totals 236K likes.

The Haitian laughing stock is fresh, young, valuable, funny, and predominantly male.

Where are the female comedians?

Did you have a good laugh reading this article? Do you know any comedians from the Haitian community who would love to create or establish their online presence? Don’t hesitate to contact us.

This article is sponsored by alone, yet together.

Joconde Communications 2019 Review

The end of the year is soon approaching and with it the end of a decade. As we stroll down memory lane to welcome a new decade, let us take this special moment to thank our clients, suppliers, readers, and collaborators for a challenging year. We thank you for making our house of content your favourite home.

These are the defining moments:

  • 2010 — Launch of Joconde Communications’s website
  • 2014 — Launch of Joconde Communications’s blog

On this blog, we share valuable content on media relations, corporate communication, public affairs, social media, and netiquette.

  • 2017— Launch of Joconde’s Fun Facts series

For two years, every Thursday, we presented and reflected on the ongoing challenges of the communications universe.

  • 2017 — Celebrate 1 year of Joconde’s Fun Facts series

  • 2018 — End of Joconde’s Fun Facts series
  • 2019 — We reach a new milestone with +500 articles.

Through these years, we put forth, to the best of our ability, the many accomplishments of Black women in the communications and public relations industry, here and abroad.

We thrive for inclusion and diversity of women of colour in leadership positions. Since only 30 percent of women hold CEO positions, the percentage of women of colour in leadership positions is even lower. And that’s valid for the well-known big holdings as well as the independent firms.

As the year 2020 loads in, we look forward a year full of abundant opportunities. 

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The Words of 2019

Two reputable references, and announced their words choices of the year.

As communicators, we try to bring a different angle to our work by presenting trending words in an ever evolving world.

First, explains its selection on a note from its blog.

The famous word can be searched with the following hashtag: #CollinsWOTY2019

‘Climate strike’ stands out among nine modern words from Collins Dictionary’s runway. The shortlist includes: Bopo, cancel, influencer, rewilding, deepfake, non binary, double down, hope punk and entryist.

Second, chooses ‘existential’ as Word of the Year 2019. Below is the definition of ‘existential’.


1. of or relating to existence.

2. of, relating to, or characteristic of philosophical existentialism; concerned with the nature of human existence as determined by the individual’s freely made choices.

Do you agree with the selection? Have you used any of these words in your conversations?

Discover past choices of Word of the Year by Collins Dictionary from 2010-2019.

The Search for Haitian YouTubers

In light of celebrating YouTube’s 15th anniversary, we’re looking for 15 Haitian YouTubers with 100+K subscribers. As per YouTube standards, to be considered a popular channel, you need 250K subscribers and since we couldn’t find any, we’re putting the word out in the universe.

Yes people, the leader in video sharing platforms is turning 15 in February 2020. Excited? You definitely should be. After all, videos will represent 82 percent of the Internet traffic by 2022.

Videos are also great tools for sharing black narratives with the world.

With the undeniable growth of influencer marketing, thousands of companies invest in working with influencers to create, to promote, to share ideas about their products and services.

The team at Social Media Today ranks influencer marketing as THE top trends of 2020.

Why should you care? YouTube is also the top platform for earning. Eight year-old, Ryan Kaji, the highest-paid YouTuber redefines the concept of talent.

Can you name 15 Haitian YouTubers with 100+K subscribers?

Ready, set, send.

If you’d like to be featured in the article, we’d love to read from you. Pen a note or a memo to by October 31st, 17:00 p.m.

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To discover or rediscover past articles, our Archives section is full of hidden gems.

Sources: Cisco, emarketer, Forbes, YouTube

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What’s in a Name? The Anatomy of Haitian Konpa Bands

Since its appearance in the mid-1950s, Konpa music evolved to become the most popular music form of Haïti. Various kinds of content are created to keep the culture current and alive. Lyrical songs, instrumental pieces, videos, bals, private events, festivals, and music groups shape our community to celebrate the simplicity and complexity of Konpa music.
What kind of content have you supplied to the Konpa music industry?

This article originally published in June 2017.

Joconde Communications

Musical bands come and go. Some leave an ever lasting impression , while others vanish as soon as they are formed. Over the years, patterns in name attributions are heavily influenced by language, location and “feeling” of the moment. These appellations are a reflection of a globalized era with a local intention. By embracing change, one should keep in mind this eloquent quote from Richard Edelman: “Each company must become a media company.”

This brief chronological analysis temps to point out some creative names in Konpa music, a rhythm associated to the names of Nemours Jean-Baptiste, Wéber Sicot and Gérard Dupervil. Whether strikes of geniuses or memorable misses, there is a connection for everyone. Which names do you mostly identify with? What emotion does it evoke? Are these names of substance orsubsistence? Let’s see which bands are flaming conversations with music notes,followers, influencers and branding.

2010 – 2020

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Pantone 2019 Color of the Year

Pantone Color Institute™ claims Living Coral as Color of the Year 2019.

For 20 years, Pantone® unveils selected tones that will shape purchasing decisions in multiple industries. Communications, fashion, entertainment, sports, you name it!

Color communication plays a crucial part in brand identity as it helps to increase brand recognition by 80%. How do you plan on implementing color strategy in your business?

Source: Pantone