Comedian, writer, and qualified (but not practicing) chartered accountant, Suren Jayemanne is fast becoming one of the must see acts in Australian comedy.
Suren began as a graduate in the corporate tax team at KPMG in 2009, but we're guessing you're not here to hear about that... A year or two later, Suren dipped his toes into the world of stand-up comedy, motivated mostly by jealousy, after a close friend's success, though he wouldn't admit to that now.
Suren has been touted as one of the best acts "on the come up" (a phrase appropriated from hip hop culture, meaning: up and coming) in Australia by people who oughta know. In 2014, Suren was selected for the Melbourne International Comedy Festival's prestigious showcase 'The Comedy Zone'. The following year, Suren's debut stand-up show 'Eat Praline, Die', was selected for Sydney Comedy Festival's FRESH program for emerging acts. In 2017, ABC TV invited Suren to film his stand-up hour, 'Deus Eczemachina', for the Comedy Next Gen series.
Suren has performed 3 solo shows at both the Melbourne International Comedy Festival & Sydney Comedy Festival and will be making his debut at Adelaide Fringe and Edinburgh Fringe in 2018. Suren's shows have been well received by audiences and critics alike, with top reviews and encore performances due to popular demand.
Suren's comedy has been described as insightful, charming on-point and personable, and most importantly, hilarious. It's politically savvy and playful, carefully blending the topical with the ridiculous.
Things SUREN's DONE
2018 'Comedy Next Gen' special - ABC TV
2018 Appeared on 'Tonightly with Tom Ballard' - ABC Comedy
2018 Appeared on Comedy Up Late - ABC Comedy
2017 Appeared on Stand & Deliver - ABC Me
2018 'Surenity Now', Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival
2017 'Deus Eczemachina', Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival (sold out)
2017 Sydney Comedy Festival Showcase Tour
2016 'Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator', Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival (sold out)
2016 'Eat Praline, Die' Perth International Fringe Festival
2015 'Eat Praline, Die' Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Sydney Comedy Festival
2014 The Comedy Zone - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Accolades AND OTHER APPEARANCES
2018 Sydney Comedy Festival Gala - Riverside Theatre
2018 Comedy Bites Gala ABC Radio (live broadcast) - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2017 Sydney Comedy Festival top pick - Timeout
2015 Selected as FRESH artist at Sydney Comedy Festival
2014 Selected for The Comedy Zone showcase at Melbourne International Comedy Festival
2014 Comedy Bites Gala ABC Radio (live broadcast) - Melbourne International Comedy Festival
Photographer: Bri Hammond
Poster design: Bill Kelly