Munya Chawawa

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Munya Chawawa
Chawawa in a Gymshark advertisement in 2020
Chawawa in a Gymshark advertisement in 2020
BornMunyaradzi Oliver Chawawa
(1992-12-29) 29 December 1992 (age 29)
Derby, England
Occupation
Alma materUniversity of Sheffield
Genre

Munyaradzi Oliver Chawawa (born 29 December 1992)[3][4] is a British-Zimbabwean actor and comedian.

Early life[edit]

Chawawa was born in Derby, England,[5] and spent his childhood in Zimbabwe.[6][7] In his youth, his family returned from Zimbabwe to Framingham Pigot, a village close to Norwich in Norfolk.[1] He studied at Notre Dame High School in Norwich, where he was made Head Boy, he then went on to the University of Sheffield, earning a BSc degree in psychology in 2014.[6][8]

Career[edit]

Chawawa is known for his development and portrayal of characters such as a posh drill rapper called "Unknown P"[9] and the chef "Jonny Oliver".[10] Chawawa has said that he "created Unknown P as a nod towards the appropriation and false ownership of black culture that often happens in western societies".[11] His comedic influences are John Oliver, Andy Zaltzman and Sacha Baron Cohen.[5]

His popularity grew during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with the main focus being his 2019 Fire in the Booth freestyle, for the parody news sketches he created.[12] In November 2020, Atlantic Records released his first single, "Piers Morgan", as well as a Daily Duppy on GRM Daily in December. His second single, "Pain au Chocolat" was released in August 2021. He has collaborated with the likes of comedians Mo Gilligan, Michael Dapaah and musicians Unknown T (from whom he derived Unknown P), S1mba, and KSI.[13][11] In June 2022 he was announced as a contestant for the 14th series of Taskmaster, beginning in October.[14]

Filmography[edit]

Year Title Role Notes Ref.
2020 Murking From Home Various 11 episodes
Deep Issue Massage Himself 3 episodes
2021 Belly Must Go Himself Episode 6: Wes Nelson and Munya Chawawa
Samsung Galaxy Gauntlet Himself 5 episodes
The Lateish Show with Mo Gilligan Himself (guest) 1 episode
Complaints Welcome Himself 6 episodes
Superfan vs Super Fan Himself 2 episodes; host
The MOBO Awards 2021 Himself Host
2021– Race Around Britain Himself 5 episodes
2022 The Sandman Choronzon 1 episode
2022 Taskmaster Himself 10 episodes

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "'It's been a battle to express my personality': Munya Chawawa, Instagram's finest satirist". The Guardian. 8 December 2020.
  2. ^ "Munya Chawawa takes aim at Royals with diss track from 'Archie'". Metro. 13 March 2021.
  3. ^ Chawawa [@munyachawawa] (29 December 2021). "Another birthday - can't believe I'm finally 18!" (Tweet). Retrieved 6 October 2022 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ "Munyaradzi Oliver CHAWAWA personal appointments - Find and update company information - GOV.UK". find-and-update.company-information.service.gov.uk. Retrieved 6 October 2022.
  5. ^ a b Kwai, Isabella (9 April 2021). "For a U.K. Satirist and His Online Fans, Comedy Is Catharsis". New York Times.
  6. ^ a b "Munya Chawawa: "I want to break the mould of being from a classically…". The Face.
  7. ^ "Munya Chawawa: 'Saying abracadabra was the equivalent of blurting out the C-word in my house'". The Independent. 22 February 2021.
  8. ^ "Where are They Now? Munya Chawawa | Alumni | The University of Sheffield". www.sheffield.ac.uk. 30 October 2020.
  9. ^ "Watch Munya Chawawa's hilarious parody of Stormzy and Chip beef". NME. 10 October 2020.
  10. ^ "Munya Chawawa Wants To Help You Laugh, Think & Most Of All, Get It Right". Bustle.
  11. ^ a b "Munya Chawawa's Unknown P shares debut single, 'Piers Morgan'". NME. 26 November 2020.
  12. ^ "Viral comedian talks parodying news and being black in Norfolk". ITV News. 10 June 2020.
  13. ^ "Piers Morgan responds to Munya Chawawa's hilarious single named after him". Metro. 28 November 2020.
  14. ^ "Taskmaster reveals brand new Series 14 contestants | Channel 4". www.channel4.com. Retrieved 6 October 2022.

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