Raj Suresh, a stand-up comedian and writer of album “Semi Famous” whose comedy career started in Northwest Arkansas, will be performing at George’s Majestic Lounge on Feb. 14.
Raj Suresh is a stand-up comedian who has opened for headliners including Bert Kreischer, Julian McCullough and Ari Shaffir, according to his website.
Suresh’s show at George’s on Feb. 14 will include material from his move to Cleveland, Ohio and some from his trip to South Africa, where he performed comedy for 10 days.
Suresh’s career in comedy started when he walked into an open mic at Common Grounds one night, he said.
“I think it was a very accidental thing,” Suresh said. “If I hadn’t had a few drinks and ended up at an open mic, I don't know if I would have ever done stand up.”
After his performance at Common Grounds, Suresh continued to do stand-up for the last four or five years. Last year, Suresh relocated to Cleveland, Ohio, to try and do more in comedy and become better at what he was doing. Suresh’s comedy is composed of material regarding race, politics and a lot of personal stories and experiences he has had.
“A lot of it pulls from my life,” Suresh said. “Part of it is my upbringing and part of it is stuff that is happening in my day-to-day.”
Suresh’s album “Semi Famous” was released in 2017, reached No. 2 on the iTunes charts and No. 12 on Billboard.
The show at George’s Majestic Lounge begins at 8 p.m. and doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets cost $10.
What inspired you to do stand-up?
I don’t know if there was any one person I was watching, I watched a lot of stand-up as a kid. If I had never walked into that open mic and did it that one time I don’t know if I would have done stand-up.
Why did you want to create “Semi Famous?”
I wanted to be able to put a body of work out in public that would be something that friends that weren’t in my immediate vicinity could watch or listen to. I also wanted to test what my abilities were, as far as putting out a comedy album and seeing how well I could get that to connect with audiences that weren’t in America. I’m from India so i’ve got a lot of friends back there as well and friends scattered across the globe that I really wanted to be able to show some work to.
What was the process in creating your album?
It took a couple years to write it and to figure out good-enough comedy. There’s so much that goes into it that people don't see. There’s everything from artwork, to liner notes, to how the actual album records and what that set up will look like. Trying to make all of that happen is a pretty gargantuan task.
What can the audience, including people who aren’t familiar with stand-up, expect from your show?
I would say if they’re coming to the show on the 14th, come in with the hope that you're going to enjoy yourself. It doesn't matter if you're single or in a relationship, everyone is welcome. Have a fun night out; there will be good drinks. I’m closing the show up, but there are three other people with me, and all of them are super talented and from the area. I would also say that if you're looking for a clean show, this probably isn't it, but it will be a really good time nonetheless.
Tickets are $10 for general admission and can be purchased on George’s Majestic Lounge’s website.