Munya Chawawa has opened up on using his own comedy as a catalyst for real change.
As he explains in our current digital cover story, the comedian has developed a strong reputation for delivering razor-sharp satirical parodies on Instagram within hours of a news story dropping.
Speaking to Rolling Stone UK for a behind the scenes video of his cover shoot, he explained how his satirical videos allow him to take lofty subjects and cut them down into bite-size, approachable chunks.
“I’m a satirist because I very much see my work as, you know, criticising social issues, or at least holding up this massive mirror to society and saying ‘here’s some of the stuff we’re not so great at’,” he said.
“That’s kind of like a brand of comedy that I really enjoy because, you know, I think it’s important to say something. I think it’s important to keep the world spinning the right way, if that makes sense. For me, that’s through comedy. What I’ve realised is, you know, I’ve lived in a lot of places. I’ve met a lot of people. Humour is a language that connects everyone. And so sometimes if there’s an opinion that I think is worth sharing, I’ll always put it in comedy because I think it’s just so much easier to digest.”
He added: “There’s this metaphor I’ve been running with and I know it’s completely wrong, but it makes sense to me. If you need someone to take tablets, put the tablets in a lasagne. Because everyone loves lasagne! So if someone gives you lasagne, you’re not going to go mmm there might be paracetamol in there, you’re just going to eat it. Basically, if you’ve got something important to say, sometimes the best way to say it is through comedy!
Munya will also host the first ever Rolling Stone UK Awards on November 25.