Sunda made international headlines in 2007 when she was sued – by her very own mother-in-law, for jokes she used in her standup comedy. The media ate up the story and Sunda was plastered all over TV, radio and print. In the end, the judge dismissed the suit which was a win for all comedians who are protected by the First Amendment. “People say: ‘Sunda, you didn’t win that case, it was dismissed! Why do you think you won?’ I know I won. She’s dead!”
Comedian – Actress – Host
Sunda Croonquist started out her career with a “Pageant Mom” who propelled her onto the stage at the age of 3 where she was a tap dancer with the Sandra Lee Dance Studio in New Jersey.
After a chance meeting at a party, Jackie Mason suggested she head to the stage as a stand up comedian and she went from representing New Jersey as a runner up in the Miss America Pageant to being named NJ’s Funniest Female before landing roles on television and eventually getting her own talk show: “James and Sunda” which airs weekly on JLTV (Jewish Life Television)Hailed in the NY Daily News as being: “The only female comic that makes Jerry Lewis laugh”, Sunda still performs stand up in her weekly show “All Star Comedy” and hosts “Laugh Factory Moms” Podcast at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. She is also the radio host of “Mother-tainment” on RadioTitans.com.
Wife of an attorney and mother of two teenaged daughters gives this talented mother more material than most when you take into consideration that: “When you’re Swedish and Black and you look like a Puerto Rican with an Italian step-father and a Jehovah’s Witness mom who loves Country Western music and sells Mary Kay while cheating on Amway sends you to an Irish Catholic School with a Hindu first name. You’re bound to be different!” Sunda says this in her act and it’s a fact. Sunda’s experiences, from the housing projects of Paterson, NJ to the mansions of Beverly Hills has made her the story of America, truly making her stand out from other talk show hosts.
She’s been featured on most stand up comedy shows and television’s top talk shows including: “The Today Show”, “Nick Moms”, Entertainment Tonight, Oprah’s “OWN” and “The Doctors” to name a few and will be featured on “The View” this July. Her recent international television appearance on “Sweden’s Next Top Model” was hilarious (when translated!)
This “Jersey Girl” never forgets her roots and often returns to New Jersey where she is the Chairperson for “Laugh Off!” An event that brings awareness to Gilda’s Club of Northern, NJ. This Cancer support group was created by the late Gilda Radner of SNL fame. In her own words, “Comedy was exciting and catapulted my career but now, being a mother and teaching my daughters to “give back” is what excites me most.” Sunda’s life is dripping with drama and she’s no desperate housewife but everybody’s friend and once you watch her in action with her infectious laugh you can’t stop watching! …Even if you try.