By Lauren Edwards
Last week I settled down for half an hour of hilarity courtesy of BBC’s Would I Lie To You? One of the panelists on the show was Sindhu Vee. I missed her introduction so wasn’t sure who she was and from her cool, calm and elegant manner I imagined her to perhaps be a newscaster or a politician. As the programme progressed, she became more entertaining, quick witted and able to match the off the cuff responses of Lee Mack and David Mitchell. I Googled Sindhu Vee afterwards, keen to find out more, and was not surprised to find out that in fact she is a stand-up comedian.
Comedy is like a fire in my belly. This is hard work but it’s my calling.”
Born in India in 1969, Sindhu Venkatanarayanan, has lived in Dehli, Lucknow, Phillippines and now in the UK. Her father was a civil servant and her mother was a teacher. She attended universities in Dehli, Oxford and Chicago before starting a successful banking career in London as a ‘high-flying bonds tradeswoman’.
“I never intended to be a banker. I studied philosophy and wanted to be a professor.”
The mother of three traded her career in investment banking to tread the boards as a comedian and became a regular fixture on the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, for which she was nominated for the prestigious Edinburgh Comedy Award for Best Newcomer. Sindhu Vee’s comedy circuit has gone from strength to strength, selling out her debut tour ‘Sandhog’ at the Soho Theatre in 2018 before taking it on the road with a 92 date tour around the UK.
“Comedy saved me. Although I should add that my husband and kids have helped too!”
Sindhu Vee is starting to become a familiar face on the small screen too with appearances on Live At The Apollo, Mock The Week, QI and Sex Education. In 2018, she wrote and hosted her own radio series, Sindhustan, for BBC Radio 4 and also co-hosts the Child Labour podcast with Stuart Goldsmith for Radio X