Comedian Sumukhi Suresh and director Debbie Rao have joined the growing list of Indian artists who are signed on to one of the major Hollywood talent agencies, after it was revealed that the two were being represented by the iconic William Morris Entertainment (WME) agency. The two were signed by WME in September 2019, which will represent them (outside Asia) for their writing, acting and directorial work. The duo had teamed up for Amazon Prime Video dra-medy Pushpavalli, which recently bagged 3 Istanbul Film Awards.
Suresh and Rao will join Kenny Sebastian on the WME roster, which also includes comedians such as Kevin Jart, Amy Schumer, Amy Poehler, Aziz Ansari, Anthony Jeselnik, Conan O’Brien, Hasan Minhaj and Norm McDonald among many others. Over the past two years, Vir Das and Kanan Gill have have also been signed up by a major Hollywood agency, in their case the United Talent Agency (UTA).
With Indian comics now a regular sight at international comedy venues, getting the right representation is essential for artists trying to make inroads into the global entertainment industry. If UTA and WME are taking bets on Indian talent, that hints at a bright future for Indian comedy.