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Suren Jayemanne: Deus Eczemachina

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by Jeni Wilson (subscribe)
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An Itchy Life-Long Battle & Living in a Vacuum
A chartered tax accountant by trade, it seems like an unlikely career move to comedian but Suren Jayemanne is now an unassuming stand up comedian balancing the frivolous with poignant. Not shy of being provocative, dedicated to social change or anything altruistic, Suren sets about to explore issues such as race, multiculturalism and eczema in a light-hearted way.

Suren is the master of puns. The show is entitled Deus Eczemechina refers to Suren's lifelong battle with life threatening food allergies and eczema... an unlikely focus for comedy. For those who suffer these skin conditions, you'll know that they just aren't funny. Yet somehow Suran weaves and loops eczema stories into his show with conflicting perspectives on race and identity.

These interwoven connections quickly raised chuckles from the audience. I'm a bit of a 'keep my laughs on the inside' sort of person so I was surprised when they snuck up on me and began to be 'out loud free flowing' chuckles. It's a bit like when you're having a bad day and you have that sad feeling bubbling just below the surface. You know it's only going to take just the smallest thing to tip you over the edge. This happened to me … in the opposite way …I was teetering on the edge of laughing for a while and he tipped me over with off-handed comments delivered in a casual way.

Suren is also the master of titles although they may only be appreciated by a few. I'm a bit of a title girl myself. Once I have a title, I can do the writing. Suren uses his title to torment his audience… in the nicest possible way. He, by his own self -assessment, is just a middle-class guy, born in Australia but he has often been on the receiving end of incorrect assumptions about his heritage. These may have caused him some grief and contemplation over the years, but they make for a good laugh for others.

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In full flight

You might be glad to know that there is very little audience interaction and it is non-intrusive. My strategy of sitting a few rows back and near the wall worked so that I was not picked to contribute. My friend and I commented afterwards about how impressive stand ups really are. How do they remember and spiral back to humourous references and at the same time leave you reflecting on your own biases and perspectives?

With a vested interest in helping race relations in Australia and astute knowledge of numbers, Suren will lure you in by his charm and wit. If by chance you don't like his messages, at the very least you can get some tax refund advise. But I think you'll enjoy his layback style and get a good giggle.

About Suren Jayemanne
This fresh artist has previously performed in the festival's prestigious Comedy Zone showcase (2014) and was also selected as a top emerging artist for Sydney Comedy Festival (2015).
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*Jeni Wilson was invited as a guest
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Why? For a cheap fun night out
When: Thursday 30th March – Sunday 23rd April at 8:30pm (Sundays 7:30pm | No Weds | 50 minutes)
Where: Trades Hall, Cnr Victoria & Lygon St Carlton
Cost: $18-$23
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