As a part of the 2021 Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Perth-based Emo The Comedian gifts Melbourne comedy lovers his brand-new hour of stand-up, Black Santa.
Drawing from his experience of fleeing war-torn Ethiopia as a refugee, having no idea what a Santa is, and growing up as a minority in 90s suburban Perth, Emo The Comedian’s upcoming MICF season is funny, clever, and socially relevant.
Read on to spend 5 minutes with Emo The Comedian:
How would you describe your show to someone who knew nothing about it?
I’d firstly ask them to buckle up!
My shows are jam packed with stories of travel, my background, parenting, experiences with dating apps and especially my employment history prior comedy. Take my word for it, it’s money and time well spent.
What/Who was its inspiration?
My inspiration is life.
I love life and love sharing its ups and downs from my perspective. I draw my inspiration from Hip Hop and comedians all around the world. I’m a firm believer that some of the best story tellers are from Rap and the comedy industry.
In relations to Hip Hop my favourite storytellers were Tupac, biggie, Kendrick Lamar, Jay z, Eminem… to name a few. I feel extremely blessed to be a part of the stand-up comedy community. I love how Dave Chappelle paints you such a clear picture with his words or how Eddie Murphy can change his voice while telling a story and within moments you can visualise who that character or person is.
What do you think its best quality is?
You’ll arrive as a stranger, but most likely leave as friends.
I’ve had people come to my show and find that an hour was not nearly enough. Hearing the echoes of laughter throughout the venue and knowing I’m responsible for that is an incredible feeling.
Why should people see it?
People should see my show for the same reason they’d try out that Thai, Greek or the Middle Eastern restaurant down the street; you’ve heard about it, it looks interesting, so try it and have your own opinion on it. You know it’s going to be authentic without having already been.
If there is one thing you would like to say to your fans, what is it?
Thank you for the continued support, we are just getting started! Together we’ll make laughter go viral.
Who or what has been the greatest influence on your career?
I would say Dave Chappelle. Dave lives on his own planet and you’ll only hear or see what he wants you to see. Now, that’s a person that minds his own business! He’s the best at what he does and he does it without the help social media.
Who makes you want to create?
With every hard-working comic there comes a time when you are so happy with yourself and how much work you’ve been putting in. But then you go and watch someone you admire perform and they leave it all on that stage and you think to yourself, “Man, I need to step up my game”, as the standard has been lifted.
When did it become clear to you that comedy and entertainment were your passions?
When people started reaching out to me and telling me “Your bit on this; that really touched me”.
As an entertainer I know people sometimes come to watch comedy as a form of escape and if I can help them do that then I am contributing to making a positive change in this world.
What does comedy, creation and entertainment mean to you?
Comedy is my life; in many ways it has helped me through the darkest times. To create gives me an outlet to express myself, and to entertain gives the viewer a front row seat to enjoy another’s creative mind.
What are three words that describe you?
Deep, intelligent, fun
What are three things that would surprise people to learn about you?
I’m a tough individual with a sensitive side, I love random facts, I am fascinated by crime documentaries.
How excited are you to be performing in front of a live audience again after last year’s covid shut down?
Very! While we had a different experience in Perth, where I live, I know Melbourne people had a really tough year last year so I’m genuinely happy to see their faces and share the show with them.
What is next for you?
Currently on a three-city Comedy Tour across Australia which starts in Melbourne, then heads to Sydney, and ends in Brisbane. As soon as international travel is reopened, we’ll potentially announce more tours.
Emo The Comedian: Black Santa
Making a name for himself in WA since his debut 2016, Emo The Comedian is the 2018 winner of the Raw Comedy Festival, which saw him go on to perform in the National Finals at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival. Since then he has written and performed in other highly successful seasons including Not Quite Grown, Yet and Just Your Typical Aussie.
Returning to Melbourne after a tumultuous 2020, rising star Emo The Comedian is back to dig a little deeper into his experiences of culture-clash and offer local audiences a well deserved night out, lousy with laughs.
March 25 – April 17