Fabu-D - Comic visited Tallaght for his comedy series

By Hayden Moore

Over the last number of years, online entertainers have sky-rocketed to the top of the heap in the entertainment industry and one of those on the rise is comedian David Omotade or Fabu-D as he is known online to his hundreds of thousands of followers.

The Inchicore man has a huge online following and he subsequently blew up in 2013 with his portrayal of an African man trying to come to terms with his surroundings in Ireland, and hilariously appeared on the TV show ‘Blind Date’ last year.

David Omotade Fabu D

Fabu-D

Fabu-D released a new online series called “My Experience in..” where he visits areas all around Ireland and his latest episode funnily detailed his time in Tallaght.

Fabu caught up with The Echo whilst out recording new episodes in Dun Laoghaire and Blackrock to tell us about his controversial comedy style, his inspirations, and Kyle Finnegan, who tragically passed away in September.

Your latest experiences where in Clondalkin, Tallaght and Ballyfermot. What made you choose these areas?

Basically I want to show the fun side of every ‘ghetto’ area because people call them ghettos and that they’re dangerous and you should stay out of them. But if you look into these areas they are some of the nicest and friendliest people, it’s a happy positive vibe and that’s why I go there.

Many famous people, including yourself now, have sent their condolences to Kyle Finnegan’s family after their loss. How did you hear about Kyle?

When I went up to Jobstown I saw this bold writing on the wall saying “RIP Kyle Finnegan”. I didn’t know him but I felt that if this community cares so much about this kid that they’d write his name on the wall, then he must be such a huge loss to the community.

Who is Fabu-D?

My talent is making fun of me, and my country. I used to do this junkie character and I’d go around saying things like “alright bud, do you have €2 for a hostel”.

People started pointing out to me that it was just wrong and I agree, so I stopped that character to focus on my own comedy – which tends to be controversial aswell.

Where is your country as you say?

I’m originally from Sligo, I just got a bit of a tan on holiday. You must be thinking “ahh here what? A black man from Sligo”. In seriousness though I’m from Nigeria originally and I moved to Ireland in 2005 – so a long time ago. I’m a black paddy now.

What inspired you to want to be an online entertainer?

I tried my best and applied to so many tv shows but I’d never get the job. Maybe that’s because I’m not educated enough or something else, so I started my own show online and what I’ve found is that the only places that really accept and support me is in Tallaght, Lucan, Clondalkin, and Ballyfermot.

What’s your mission?

When I was doing a live show three years ago in the Laughter Lounge, there was actually this one kid there in a wheelchair watching me. But after the show I went and surprised him in his home in Inchicore and he loved it.

I went to visit Crumlin Children’s Hospital after I found out they watch my videos, and it’s those people that mean the most to me because they give me so much love and attention.

So, these videos are my way of showing my love, and giving back to those fans and communities.

Who inspires you?

When I first started doing this in 2013, I watched a lot of PJ Gallagher on Naked Camera and Dave McSavage. I related to them because my comedy is controversial and so is a lot of what they do. My biggest role model though is Kevin Hart because we’re both small five foot five midgets.

Follow David on Instagram, Facebook, and YouTube at ‘Fabu-D’.

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