'Funny, interesting and so genuine' | Emmanuel Sonubi picks his comedy favourites © Steve Ullathorne

'Funny, interesting and so genuine'

Emmanuel Sonubi picks his comedy favourites

Fringe comedian Emmanuel Sonubi shares his Perfect Playlist...

Brooklyn Nine-Nine

My absolute favourite when it comes to TV comedy. The funniest ensemble cast. Diverse and relevant from the first season, all the way through to the end.

This is one comedy series that I have watched multiple times through. It’s a show that anyone can get in to, with a mixture of slapstick humour and more intelligent comedy. 

The Good Place

Ted Danson still at the peak of his game. Kristen Bell is absolutely perfect. This series has everything where the standard is high from the pilot to the last episode. A show that discusses ethic and morals in such an open way where so many points of view are included.

It is profound, packed with clever observations about the human condition. It is the perfect watch.

‘What matters isn’t if people are good or bad. What matters is, if they’re trying to be better today than they were yesterday. You asked me where my hope comes from? That’s my answer.’– Michael, The Good Place

Dave Chappelle: Sticks & Stones

In my opinion, this is Dave Chappelle’s best work and my favourite special of his. Topical and hilarious said in a way that I think only he could have said it.

I saw this show live as he was developing the material and to see the finished product was beyond good. One of my favourite stand-up shows ever.

Grown Ups

This is a guilty pleasure of mine. It’s a film that I fell that I like more than I should.

An ensemble of legendary comedy actors that have created a beautiful ‘feel good’ movie that just effortless entertains. Such a friendly feel with many ‘laugh out loud’ moments. I think it’s my favourite Adam Sandler production.

Fresh Prince of Bel-Air

I remember watching this as kid, recording it weekly on VHS. It was my favourite show of the time. This was the first time that I really saw myself and personality represented on screen.

A successful Black family in roles and positions of social power where the main talent was a ‘joker’ but also intelligent. In its early season before the cast change, I loved the way that Smith’s character was constantly underestimated. 

Carlton: ‘I thought Ashley was in bed.’ Will: ‘Yeah, and you also thought Tupac Shakur was a Jewish holiday.’

Taylor Tomlinson: Quarter Life Crisis

This was a great find. Scrolling through Netflix looking for something to watch. I gave up and hit ‘random’. Netflix chose, and it chose well. This show is great!

Taylor Tomlinson is so honest and natural how she presents her material. It’s funny, it’s interesting, it just felt so genuine. She already has such great life experience already. Whether you’re still in your 20s or past them, this show is so relatable.

Emmanuel Sonubi’s stand-up show Emancipated is at the Underbelly Bristo Square at 6.10pm.

Published: 21 Aug 2022

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