Manman Junior posing for a picture with her chips at a Bravo Supermarket in Miami. Photo courtesy of Success St. Fleur Jr.

Success St. Fleur, Jr. can still hear the adults from the church he grew up in telling him in jest, "pa fè joke sou mwen" — Creole for 'Don’t make fun of me.' But St. Fleur never listened to them. Instead, he turned their Haitian ways into a career in comedy.

St. Fleur, better known as ‘Junior,’ rose to fame in 2015 when skits of him imitating his Haitian-American parents took off on social media and beyond. The most striking part about St. Fleur’s videos, he said, is how deeply they resonate with his audience.

“Within my comments you’ll see people say, ‘Oh, my gosh, my mom did this.’ So it’s a place of unity,” said St. Fleur of Atlanta. “I thrive off that. I love that. Haitian comedy is home.”

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Onz Chery is a Haiti correspondent for The Haitian Times. Chery started his journalism career as a City College of New York student with The Campus. He later wrote for First Touch, local soccer leagues in New York and Elite Sports New York before joining The Haitian Times in 2019.