Catch comedian Suresh Menon’s first solo standup tonight. It’s going to be madness!
fter doing 45 films, and 200-plus TV, radio, and corporate shows, comedian Suresh Menon is ready to start a new chapter in his career. Tonight, Menon, best remembered for mimicking Sachin Tendulkar, will present his first solo standup at Alliance Française. Though it’s titled Being Malayali, the one-hour show will pack in more than just the quirks of those from Kerala.
Menon was born in Palakkad, and raised in Mumbai. But there was no getting away from the trappings of a typical Malayali household, he jokes. After working with international data management, he gravitated towards acting in 1992. His first break on TV was the comedy show Ikke Pe Ikka. Years later, he broke into Bollywood with Dil Toh Pagal Hai, and Kabhi Na Kabhi. The Being Malayali show borrows tales from his life, and career. It’s 50 per cent fact, 50 per cent fiction, Menon tell us, adding,“I will talk about what it is like to grow up in a South Indian family. There will be material around sexual orientations, career choices, dealing with uncles-aunts, etc, and how it is for a Malayali to be married to a Gujarati, which is true in my case.”
There will be references about omnipresent Malayalis too. “A popular joke goes like this: ‘When Neil Armstrong landed on the moon, he spotted a Malayali selling chai there,” he says about the show, which will conclude with potshots at journalist Arnab Goswami.