Funny man Sundeep Rao dons a new hat! If you have been clued in about the stand-up scene in the city, it is very unlikely you would have missed Rao’s LOL-worthy antics on stage. And now, fans can get a taste of his unique style and dry humour on-air on The Drive with Sundeep Rao, the show airs from 5 pm onwards on Indigo 91.9 FM. In a candid chat, Rao lets us in on the road ahead...
“In all honesty, I took radio jockeying up because it is a very different medium. There’s not much you can do in one minute. The censorship laws are different, and you never know how the person on the other end is even reacting. Also, radio doesnt give one the creativity to do a lot, as there are too many parameters to consider, ads and sales that get majority of the on-air space. The uncertainity is what got me to take this up when the offer came my way,” shares Sundeep.
The partially blind comic has been bestowed with the gift of the gab – and there are no two ways about. Whether it’s being able to convey the message with a sharp wit or to get lucid even during an awkward telephonic interaction, Sundeep Rao believes in keeping it real, uncertain and impromptu. And the content for this show is no different. “ I have never come prepared for an episode on the show. I go by my instinct and there’s a lot of uncertainity and unpredictablity on the show, which gives me something to look forward to every day,” he states, smiling.
Prod the comic with the biggest takeway from the show, and Sundeep responds, “It was only after I turned to this have I realised how much I hate driving to the studio. Bengaluru traffic is a nightmare and I think getting a first hand feel of it everyday is not what I like. That aside, I now know that I do not know a lot and it’s cool. It’s a constant learning process and I’m waiting to see how things pan out in the future.”
Easy and very affable – these are the two terms, which instantly strike you about Sundeep. And he’s also aware that he’s got a way with words. “I have been told that I sound good, and I fortunatley or unfortunatley have a gift of the gab. But comedy is a priority, and I wish to keep it that way. I am yet to understand if I have gotten the pulse of the listener but I do believe that people have a way of coming back to things they have a connect with. The aim is just that.”