It’s a smorgasbord of one-liners and great storytelling, yet, I still feel something is amiss.
I chuckled through about half of the 12-tracks on the album. Wahab's tales and perspective on the immigrant experience are wild.
My favourites are “Immigrants & Engineering” and “Wedding Emcee.”
In the former, Wahab mourns his engineering degree while poking fun at the truthful differences in corporate job placement between an employee named Vivek and Dave Smith.
And in the latter, his enthusiasm for emceeing Brown weddings, particularly Pakistani ones, is comical and will have you cutting up.
Wahab’s jokes are clever but sometimes seem to miss the mark with the audience.
I’m more of the in-person, comedy show type myself. I feel that you receive much more from it by watching body language, interaction and delivery. It’s always better live, so perhaps the 30-minute stand-up special may be more your speed if you feel the same.
It adds to the experience and is damn near magical.
Maybe that’s the issue because Wahab’s Instagram reels and clips from his podcast, The Immigrant Section, are much more engaging and punchy.
But don’t completely count it out.
Safe Black will be available digitally everywhere on Friday, July 29.
ByBlacks Rating System:
BBBB Extremely Good
B Don't bother listening