How would you describe your act in five words?
Sindhu's act is hugely funny
How long have you been doing comedy?
3 years (but began gigging regularly in 2015)
What is your day job?
What has been your worst job?
In retrospect, there is not one I can complain about
Why do you love comedy?
Nothing compares to laughing as a source of enjoyment.
And making people laugh has always saved me in one way or another (from school bullies, from situations in which I was otherwise clue-less/awkward/uncomfortable).
So for me, comedy is a shiny, safe thing.
Who are your heroes?
Impossible to answer this sensibly without writing a PhD. So many people, on a personal and public level, have taken risks, been brave, been wise so that I have all the choices I do today. I can't pick one from that long list (see how this is already turning over-analytical and boring....like a PhD.)
What made you bite the bullet and start performing?
Feeling bored/lost/useless at home with 3 young kids and no sense of myself. I wanted to do something just for me and which was a challenge. So I just decided to do a Funnywomen heats gig. It felt reckless (and therefore, fun) but not in a way that was bad for family life.
What was your first gig like?
I had NO idea what to do.
I had never seen live stand up comedy before in my life.
I didn't know what a set was.
I had zero idea of what was supposed to happen.
My focus was to get on stage, say hello and then say things so audience would laugh. I didn't know exactly what I would say (I had 3 different anecdotes in mind).
I remember being able to focus only on the laughter while I was on stage. I could hear nothing else.
I came off stage feeling like I was home. I knew straight away I had to find out what this stand up stuff was and do more.
What has been your biggest achievement so far?
In comedy -- (apart from making it to this final),
In 2014 writing my first hour show in Hindi and English (which I performed in Delhi to 400+ people) then in 2015 doing a modified, full English version of that at Museum of Comedy and a BBC producer coming to see it and then booking me for the BBC AN Live Comedy Night which was on TV, iplayer etc.
What has been your favourite gig?
Impossible to choose.
And describe your worst?
In India -- performing to 250 people who did not want comedy but wanted to continue dancing and partying into the night. I knew it was very badly timed but I couldn't control the order of things and it was my job so I went on when I was told. Awful. I did 17/20 minutes...the whole time the audience just shouted at me and at one point a guy even got close to the stage and said started shouting out to the audience that he could be funnier. Just awful.
On the night above: "you're not funny, why don't you fuck off back to London". Given I'm from Delhi this was so surreal.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
Making people laugh is a gift. Its such a thrilling connect with people. So you get that every time you are not crap.
What is the biggest lesson you've learnt?
Some people will always think I'm not funny. In every audience. And that's fine.
Where do you hope to be in ten years with your comedy?
Known as - 'Sindhu? You mean like the comic?' -- everytime someone says the name Sindhu
Any other aspirations?
Not in comedy
What's you favourite joke by another act or from your childhood?
This is joke I told as 4 year old (and I had a terrible stammer) and which I remember thinking was worthy of everyone's attention:
A mother frog with a BIG WIDE MOUTH (this has to be said slowly and acting out the big wide mouth) didn't know what to feed her babies so she decides to ask the other animals in the forest.
One by one she goes to a mother fox, mother giraffe, mother rabbit and so on and so on. And each time she asks (slowly and with her hugely pronounced BIG WIDE MOUTH) "hello mummy (insert animal name) what do you feed your babies?"
And each time she finds out she can't feed her babies the same as that animal.
Then she goes to a mother snake and asks
(with her BIG WIDE MOUTH) "hello mummy snake what do you feed your babies?"
Mummy snake "I feed them frogs with BIG WIDE MOUTHS"
Mummy frog scrunches up her mouth into a pin sized hole and says "ok, thank u" (which if you say with your scrunched up mouth sounds like 'ok tenkew'. Try it) and hops off.
This is a joke that needs to be seen (not read) to be appreciated. I think you also need to be 4. But it was one I always always told.
Sindhu Vee // @sindhuvfunny
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