With that smile, some might say that Emo was born to be a comedian. Long before the stages and circuits, a young Emmanuel Majok was the class clown, a happy kid who loved entertaining his friends. In the mid 90s, African migrants were scarce, and Emo was one of the only black students in a very-white school.
Emo’s story began in Ethiopia, born to Sudanese parents who fled to Ethiopia to escape a war torn Sudan. At the age of three, Emo and his family were forced from the refugee camp they called home. As another war broke out around them, they joined thousands of other displaced refugees, walking for weeks in search of shelter and a better life. They eventually found a new camp in Northern Kenya, and it was here that they were offered sponsorship to move to Australia. Emo and his family of five arrived in Perth in 1996, with two more siblings born after they settled in the northern suburbs of Perth. Fast forward to 2020, and Emo is now a proud father to a three beautiful children.
Emo debuted with his childhood friend and fellow comedian Joe White in a string of shows during the 2018 Perth Fringe Festival, under the title ‘White vs. Black’. The shows gathered rave reviews and a 4/5 rating from the Fringe judges. Since then, Emo has been on fire, winning the WA finals for the 2018 Raw Comedy Festival, and performing in the National Finals at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, aired on SBS. He has performed in the 2019 Fringe Festival, headlined his own shows and performed in the US. Emo made a successful debut in Melbourne and FRINGE WORLD 2019 with his show, 'Not Quite Grown, Yet', rated by Fringefeed. He doubled down in 2020 with Just Your Typical Aussie. Now he’s back to dig a little deeper into his experiences of culture-clash, with side-splitting stories of adjusting from a refugee camp in East Africa to gifting out jokes globally with his new show Black Santa & the Who’s Who of Fringe playing at the Palace Cinema and Metro city, playing January to February 2021.
Emo draws on his childhood for laughs, he loves the styles of comedy greats Steve Harvey, Bernie Mac, Eddie Murphy and Chris Rock. His innate skills as an entertainer, sharp jokes and strong work ethic means that the sky is the limit for this kid from the Horn Of Africa, who grew up in the northern Perth suburbs. So watch this space, tell a friend and grab a ticket.