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Edinburgh Fringe Interview: Rarely Asked Questions – Emmanuel Sonubi

What do your children (delete as applicable) think of your job?        

I’ve got two kids. They know Daddy is a comedian, but I don’t think they really get what I do. They’ve seen my set on ‘Live at the Apollo’ (on mute) but that’s all. I am looking forward to them being at an age where I can take them to a gig and they can finally hear what I really think of them.


What’s the worst thing about being a comedian?

Being away from my children. Everything else I can handle as the even though the highs are highs, the lows can be really low. Nothing is as low as missing my mini’s.


I think you are very good at what you do (that’s why I’m asking these questions). What do you think of you?

I think that I am doing well and so far, it’s going great. To be honest, I’m just happy that I finally found something that I can love so much that it stops being work. From the moment I started comedy, it felt like everything I had ever done…now made sense. I think I’ve got a long way to go but I’m loving the journey.


How much do you earn and how much would you like to earn?

More than I used to but there’s still room to grow.


How important is luck in terms of career success – have you had lucky breaks?

I think we make our own luck. I once heard somebody say, “good luck looks a lot like hard work”. I think like most things that it’s all about relationships. I’ve had lucky breaks, but these have been down to good relationships with people that have wanted to see me do well. For which, I’ll always be thankful.


Alan Davies has said that comedians fall into two categories - golfers and self-harmers. The former just get on with life, the latter are tortured artists. Which are you – or do you think you fit into third category?

I’d have to go with Golfer. There’s so much going on in the world that if I were to dwell on it all, I’d not make through the day. The world is in a bad state that I think all we can do is keep going and make the most of what we have.


Who is your favourite person ever and why – not including family or friends?

Dave Chappelle. Whether you agree with what he says or not, he says what he thinks and at a time where I think many of us are afraid to do so… I respect that.


Do you keep your drawers tidy and if not why? (Please think long and hard about this question, it's to settle an argument with my girlfriend. The future of our relationship could depend on your response).

No. I keep them organised but not tidy. Socks go in that draw, but I don’t fold them, I’m not a ‘sockist’ but they all look the same to me.


Emmanuel Sonubi: Emancipated, Underbellu Bristo Square, August 3 - 29. Tickets here.

Emmanuel Sonubi Picture by Steve Ullathorne



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