When you’re the funny looking one in the family, funny becomes your defense. And being one of seven children Kivi had to defend himself quite often. As if that wasn’t enough, he also had to deal with the harsh reality of growing up in the housing projects of South Central Los Angeles; a place so bad “Google Earth won’t even go there!” However, Kivi beat the odds and slipped through the cracks of failure. While never letting go of his sense of humor or passing up an opportunity to make a mockery of someone, he managed to earn a degree in electronics and land a job with a reputable firm in Orange County, California. It was there that his co-workers, so impressed with his wit, tirelessly poked and prodded him to take his talent to the stage. Even going so far as to sign him up for an “open mic” at a popular comedy club. But when the date came he chickened out, besides, he’d already spent hundreds of dollars on that DeVry education.
It was almost a year later that his co-worker approached him in the break room and told him about a comedy show he had seen the previous night. He looked Kivi straight in eyes and simply said, “You gotta do it! You are ten times funnier than they were.” That was it! The following week Kivi entered the competition and won. He’s never looked back. He gave up the 9 to 5 and since then he’s performed at the U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado which landed him a development deal with Castlerock Entertainment to star in his own sitcom. He has been featured on comedy shows such as: HBO’s Def Comedy Jam, The Tonight Show w/ Jay Leno, Comedy Central, BET’s Comic View, Comic’s Unleashed with Bryon Allen, Comedy.TV among others. He has also guest starred on popular television shows such as: The West Wing, Everybody Loves Raymond, Dharma And Greg, and has acted alongside Mira Sorvino and Lisa Kudrow in “Romy and Michelle’s High School Reunion”, and with Mercedes Ruehl, Cloris Leachman, and Paul Sorvino in “The Amati Girls.”
Kivi performs across the country in comedy clubs and colleges as well as on cruise ships. He has also taken his talent overseas honoring our troops performing in more than 28 USO tours in over 65 countries.