Sunee D is not an orange, sugary drink, but a tall, brown, homegrown story-telling comedian with unique style and swagger that I’d label “goofy hip-hop.” The “D” is for Dhaliwal and Sunee is blowing up right now with performances at Montreal’s Just For Laughs, Halifax and Winnipeg comedy festivals, appearances on the CBC, MTV, Comedy Network, recorded specials for CTV’s Comedy Now, Sirius XM and now his own comedy special.
On Thursday night at the legendary Rio Theatre in East Vancouver, I caught up with the funnyman backstage before his new comedy special, “BROKEN DREAMS” which was being produced that night by Hadron Films.
As you’ll see in my video, Sunee shared with me how he got into stand-up in the first place and who inspired him the most, his relationship with Drake, and eating lobster in the Maritimes. We also discussed skydiving, his ridiculous sneaker collection – we even did an impromptu unboxing of his “Legend Blue” Jordan 11 Columbias, and what sort of rituals he goes through before shows.
The opening acts for the show that night were comedians Devin Alexander, James Kennedy, and Graham Clark. My initial vibe was OK, let’s get these start up acts out of the way for the main event, we came to see Sunee! Let me tell you, I was so incorrect in thinking that! Sunee’s performance delivered top notch, touching on his ethnicity and travels in remote villages of northern Canada. You can imagine the hilarious scenarios. Sunee killed it with this and so much more, but each of these opening comedians were also so god-damn funny in their own right, I nearly pissed my pants. I mean, I was exploding with laughter, like a machine gun! I’m sure you will hear me whenever the special runs. If you missed the show, trust me you gotta find this special and watch it. You will not be disappointed.
The last big comedy show I saw in Vancouver was Louis CK (he’s my absolute favourite) and as always, I laughed so hard I nearly suffocated. Seriously, the laughs from Sunee’s show at the Rio were on par with Louis’. It was such a fun evening and the Rio is licensed so you can enjoy an adult beverage. It was truly refreshing to experience entertainment, up close and in person like this at a local venue. What a great night! I have not laughed that much in a long time!