If “mitochondria” is the powerhouse of the cell, then Sumukhi is the powerhouse of the Indian Comedy Scene. The quirk, the wit, and oh-so-lit, she knows exactly how to take the audience on a laughter coaster ride.
A stand-up comedian, writer, director, and an actor, Sumukhi Suresh has always been the one who took a challenge head on and made it downright comical.
Our team got in touch with her for a quick chat (which had us fangirling quite a bit) and guess what, she is every bit funny off stage as she in on stage!
1. Do you have a pre-performance ritual?
I listen to my set and sometimes play minesweeper on my phone.
2. You’re a comedian, actor, writer, and a director. Which role do you like the most?
I think it's a tie between doing stand up and being an actor. Being on stage is thrilling and being in front of the camera is soothing, almost therapeutic.
3. If you could travel back in time, which memory would you like to re-live?
My first stand up gig at Jus’Trufs in Bangalore and my first shot on the set of Better Life Foundation.
4. What would be that one tip you would like to give your younger self?
I have a list!
I would tell myself, "You are better than you think you are", "Hit on the men who smell well to avoid buying them a deodorant later" and "Your degree is of no use".
5. What were the struggles you had to face while bringing together your first web series Pushpavalli?
Pushpavalli was the sweetest struggle ever. I learnt a lot. For starters, how to write a show from Naveen. How to run a set from Debbie Rao (Director). How to believe in your idea and take chances from Ajay Nair of OML. How to smile through everything from Firoz (our spot dada) and how not to give up from Sumaira Shaikh (writer on Pushpavalli and she played Srishti). By the time Season 2 happened, I think I knew better and hopefully that will pay off.
6. Was it easy to get into the skin of the character?
Everything I did until the shoot was tough for me. The acting part was easier because I was looking forward to it, and I trusted Debbie. She made sure she got the best out of me and all the other actors. Once you know how to give a bad take, dust your pride and move on, then it’s just an upward graph.
7. How was it working with Naveen Richard?
Working with Naveen is a breeze. I don’t have to worry about anything. If you guys think heis funny on stage or as Pankaj in Pushpavalli, you should try working with him and last a day without laughing.
8. Pushpavalli, Behti Naak, or Parvati Bai, who’s your favourite character?
9. Can you share with us one crazy fan moment?
Once, I took a train from Santacruz and I remember 4 girls shrieked so loudly I
promptly ran out of the train.The train left and they screamed to tell me they love me and are sorry they freaked me out. Promptly took a cab after that.
10. What’s next for Sumukhi?
I am working on my stand up special "Don't Tell Amma". I just finished shooting something and cannot wait for it to release. Shooting lots of Behti Naak. Writing a set of new shows as well.
Do check out her stand-up specials, I bet you’ll be rolling on the floor laughing.