Comedy Without Bounds

Arkansas comedian leans on local, international roots for global success

Posted: October 27, 2017 at 1 a.m.

Photo: Brenton Clarke Little "This album was built piece-by-piece at breweries and bars and fish shops and so many different dives," says Bentonville stand-up comedian Raj Suresh whose debut album "Semi Famous" charted on the Billboard and iTunes Comedy Charts after its release Sept. 15. "I think in some ways it's better than if I had just gone to a comedy club and worked that material out for 30 weeks. I don't know that I would have had quite the breadth of experience that I enjoyed from traveling the road."
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Photo: Brenton Clarke Little "This album was built piece-by-piece at breweries and bars and fish shops and so many different dives," says Bentonville stand-up comedian Raj Suresh whose debut album "Semi Famous" charted on the Billboard and iTunes Comedy Charts after its release Sept. 15. "I think in some ways it's better than if I had just gone to a comedy club and worked that material out for 30 weeks. I don't know that I would have had quite the breadth of experience that I enjoyed from traveling the road."

"If you were to look at a Venn diagram of what would create a successful comedy album, none of these things would intertwine. You wouldn't think an Indian dude living in Northwest Arkansas is going to have any kind of success in comedy."

FAQ

Raj Suresh

opening for Roy Wood Jr. of ‘The Daily Show with Trevor Noah’

WHEN — 9 p.m. Nov. 4

WHERE — Cherokee Casino, West Siloam Springs, Okla.

COST — $15

INFO — rajdoescomedy.com

FYI — Suresh’s album “Semi Famous” is available on iTunes, Spotify, Google Play and Amazon.

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