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The Amazing Race: Kevin Is A YouTube Sensation

October 16, 2010 01:00 PM by Allyson Wells

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On last week’s Amazing Race episode, father and son team Michael and Kevin finished last in the leg of the race.  Fortunately, Phil Keoghan informed the pair that the leg of the race was a non-elimination race.  It has been interesting watching Michael and Kevin, as in previous episodes, Kevin expressed concern for his father’s age slowing them down during challenges.  While in Ghana, Africa, the heat caught up with Michael and he nearly collapsed.  Kevin very calmly and sweetly helped his father through the experience and urged him to never give up.  When Phil informed the pair they were still in the race, Kevin told his father, “That’s why you never give up.”  As they continue to try and stay in the race, Kevin’s comic background has been revealed!

While not shown yet on The Amazing Race, Kevin apparently has a deadpan sense of humor and has used this humor to become a comedic sensation on YouTube.  Kevin is known as “KevJumba” on YouTube and frequently posts videos on his channel.  His first video, “I Have to Deal With Stereotypes,” helped his fan base to explode.  He currently has more than 1,000,000 subscribers to his channel and views have topped more than 25 million. 

Kevin also began JumbaFund, which is a YouTube channel dedicated to raising money for charity.  Every time someone views one of his videos, money is donated to charity. 

Surprisingly, The Amazing Race is not Kevin’s first appearance on television.  Kevin appeared on The CW Television series, Online Nation, which broadcast web clips during prime time.  He also starred in a web series for one of HBO’s subsidiaries, called Hooking Up.

After reading over Kevin’s impressive comedic background, I am hoping that some of this will be displayed during The Amazing Race.  I also wonder if Kevin is a chip off the block and inherited a good sense of humor from his dad, Michael.  We’ll have to keep watching to find out!

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