5 Good Reasons to See Suren Jayemanne: Industry Darling Adjacent

1. The show is at the Westin and that means you’re guaranteed to see something rated 5 stars!

2. What are you gonna stay home and watch 10 Peach all day? Why do they call it that anyway? Besides, stone fruits will be out of season by Comedy Festival!

3. If all goes to plan, Industry Darling Adjacent could be your last chance to see me before it’s just Industry Darling (in a bizarre twist of fate, this relies heavily on you coming to the show)

4. I’m a Sri Lankan Australian who used to be an accountant that now does comedy (and therefore Australia’s 3rd most successful Sri Lankan Australian who used to be an accountant that now does comedy)

5. I’m Australia’s very first CARBON NEUTRAL comedian. Carbon, I don’t love it, but I don’t hate it

**clearly this is just a gag. How do you feel about carbon? Really? Me too!

Suren Jayemanne performs Industry Darling Adjacent at The Westin March 31 – April 10


Australian Comedy at the 2019 Edinburgh Fringe

Scotland’s capital city is bursting at the seams with talented artists as the Edinburgh Festival Fringe begins this week. As is usual many Australian acts are heading up to “sunny” Edinburgh to show the world what they’ve got. If you’re in town, be sure to check out some of these fabulous funny folk listed below.

We’ve compiled a list of all the acts we could find, along with links to the reviews of those shows that our Squirrel writers have seen at previous festivals. As usual we give the disclaimer that Festival shows are ever evolving beasts so the show that we saw could be rather different to current iteration.

If we’ve missed anyone, feel free to drop us a line (or contact us on social media)…

3’s Comedy – Adam Knox, Luka Muller and Peter Jones
Laughing Horse @ City Café

Aaron Chen: Piss Off (Just Kidding)
Pleasance Courtyard
Here’s Colin’s review from MICF 2019: https://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13744

Aboriginal Comedy Allstars : Kevin Kropinyeri, Andy Saunders and Steph Tisdell
Assembly George Square Studios

Absolute Zero: Jez Watts
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

AC/DC: Australian Comedians / Dope Comedy
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones – 52 Days
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

Aidan ‘Taco’ Jones – Lightfoot James
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Alex Williamson: Sin on My Face
Just the Tonic at La Belle Angele

Alice Fraser: Mythos
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Ali Kennedy Scott: Fourth Cousin, Once Removed… Forcibly
Laughing Horse @ The Golf Tavern

Andrew Roper: Break Point
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Ange Lavoipierre: Final Form
Underbelly, George Square

Angus Brown: Everest
Imagination Workshop

Apocalypse Comedy Club featuring Mick Neven
PBH’s Free Fringe @ Sneaky Pete’s

Ashes: A Comedy Showdown
PBH’s Free Fringe @ Liquid Room Annexe/Warehouse

Aussiental : Arnie Pie
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Bart Freebairn: Maximum Delicious
Just the Tonic at The Caves

The Best Show We’ve Ever Done at the Edinburgh Fringe : The Fish Girls
PQA Venues @Riddle’s Court

Brown Panther – Ruven Govender
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Celeste Barber: Challenge Accepted
Pleasance at EICC

Comedy Boxing – Best of the Best (Kyle Legacy)
Laughing Horse @ Cabaret Voltaire

Comedy Striptease
Laughing Horse @ The Lock Up

Craig Fridey: The Darkness Distillery
Laughing Horse @ Sofi’s Southside

Daniel Connell: Piece of Piss
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Daniel Muggleton: Pimpin’ Ain’t Easy (But I Reckon it’s Easier for Straight, White Men?)
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

David Tieck: What Would Bill Murray Do?
Just the Tonic at The Grassmarket Centre

Demi Lardner and Tom Walker: We Musn’t
Monkey Barrel Comedy

Demi Lardner: Ditch Witch 800
Gilded Balloon Teviot

Dilruk Jayasinha: Cheat Day(s)
Gilded Balloon Teviot
Here’s Lisa’s review from MICF 2019: https://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13724

Dolly Di*mond’s Bl*nkety Bl*nks
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Double Denim: Adventure Show
Underbelly, Cowgate

Garry Starr Conquers Troy
Underbelly, Cowgate

Gavin Lind: Shattered
Sweet Grassmarket

George Dimarelos: Acting Natural
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

George Dimarelos: A Booklover’s Comedy Show
Laughing Horse @ 32 Below

Glenn Grimwood: Unf*ckable
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Grant Busé: Touché Busé
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose

The Human Show : Those Big Bois
Laughing Horse @ The Golf Tavern

Imaan Hadchiti: Being Frank
Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus

Jocks, Geordies and Aussies
PBH’s Free Fringe @ Whistlebinkies

Josh Glanc: Glance You for Having Me
Monkey Barrel Comedy
Here’s Nick’s review from MICF 2019: https://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13739

Julia Rorke
Underbelly, Cowgate

Laura Davis: Better Dead Than a Coward
Heroes @ Bob’s BlundaBus

Louisa Fitzhardinge: Comma Sutra
Gilded Balloon Patter Hoose

Love/Hate Actually (Act/React)
Imagination Workshop

Love is a Work in Progress with Tara Rankine
Just the Tonic at The Charteris Centre

Luka Muller’s Gong Show
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Luka Muller: Haha Cool
Laughing Horse @ The Raging Bull

Motherhood: A Comedy: Tara Newton-Wordsworth
Just the Tonic at The Mash House

The Nasty Show Australia
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Nath Valvo: I’m Happy for You
Assembly George Square Studios

Neal Portenza is Joshua Ladgrove in Edinburgh’s Only Bilge Pump Sales Seminar
Heroes @ Boteco

Nick Elleray: Big Nick Energy
Laughing Horse @ The Counting House

Ray Badran: Everybody Loves Ray, Man
Pleasance Courtyard

Rhys Nicholson: Nice People Nice Things Nice Situations
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Sam Kissajukian: Alcohol is Good for You
Laughing Horse @ The Lock Up

Sam Kissajukian: Good Evening Edinburgh
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

Sam Taunton: It’s Nice, It’s Modern
Assembly George Square Studios

The Stevenson Experience: Takes One to Know One
Assembly George Square Studios

Suren Jayemanne: I’m Here, All Weak
Laughing Horse @ Bar 50

Thomas Green: Tweak
Laughing Horse @ The Free Sisters

The Three Deaths of Ebony Black (Amberly Cull)
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Tom Ballard: Enough
Monkey Barrel Comedy

Tom Cashman: XYZ
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Tom Walker: Very Very
Assembly Roxy
Here’s Will’s review from MICF 2019: https://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=13707

Totally Plucked: Grandma Josephine
Underbelly, Cowgate

Two Little Dickheads: Kapow!
Just the Tonic at The Charteris Centre

Wil Greenway: The Ocean After All
Underbelly, Bristo Square

Zoë Coombs Marr: Bossy Bottom
Monkey Barrel Comedy
Here’s Lisa’s review from MICF 2019: https://www.squirrelcomedy.com/?p=1265

5 Good Reasons to see Suren Jayemanne: Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator

1. It’s got one of the best posters in the festival (fun fact: Suren asked his designer to make him look really cool, and he said “I guess we better illustrate it then”)

2. The best comedy has you laughing during the show and leaves you thinking about it after the show. Suren’s comedy has been described as “f*cking hilarious” (The Daily Review) & “all smut and race” (Ranjit Jayemanne in conversation with his son after a show)

3. Suren has a white girlfriend. This isn’t really a reason to see the show, it’s just something he feels the need to publicise whenever the opportunity presents.

4. Have you heard about Belleville’s chicken? You’ve heard about Comedy Roasts before, but they’ve never been combined quite like this

5. Appearing in Comedy Zone (MICF 2014) & as a FRESH artist (SCF 2015), Suren has been touted as a hot new act to watch by Australia’s two major comedy festivals (but none of its major Intelligence authorities)

Suren Jayemanne performs Wu-Tang Clan Name Generator at Belleville Mar 22 – Apr 2

For more Info go to the MICF website:




5 Good Reasons to See Suren Jayemanne in Eat Praline, Die.

1. In 2014, Suren was handpicked by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival to appear in The Comedy Zone, a showcase of the top five emerging comics from around Australia. The prestigious showcase has a rich tradition of presenting future favourites of Australian comedy, including Tom Ballard, Celia Pacquola and Ronny Chieng just to name a few.

2. Suren is not a tall white male. Quite the contrary, Suren is a petite brown… male. Suren brings a different perspective to Australian comedy, one that is from a growing voice in our society. This is intelligent and raw humour about multiculturalism in Australia.

3. Who even eats bread anymore? Suren has had life-threatening food allergies and may as well have been labelled a ‘bubble boy’ since childhood. He’s had a head start on restrictive diets, so if you’re going paleo or gluten free, perhaps you should learn from the master.

4. Suren didn’t pay attention in sex-ed. He mistakenly heard the teacher say, before any hanky-panky, it helps a lady get in the mood if there’s a bit of wordplay. Consequently, Suren spent years refining his craft for witty one-liners, but is yet to master foreplay. (Suren may have also mistakenly heard his teacher say “hanky-panky”)

5. Cause Eat Praline, Die is like Eat, Pray, Love with less of the self discovery but more Tupac references. And laughs. Plenty more laughs.

Eat Praline, Die is on at the Portland Hotel. For more information and bookings visit the website: