Munish Sharma (also known as Socratease)
(Where Not To Do Bhangra)
Munish Sharma was born and raised in Saskatchewan and graduated with a BFA in Performance from the University of Regina in 2006. He moved to Vancouver in 2007 and has since made his presence felt around the city on stages of all sizes.
Munish cut his teeth writing, performing, directing and producing with the boisterous sketch comedy show Bollywood Shenanigans. It starred the I Can’t Believe It’s Not Butter Chicken group, which he co-created with Leena Manro in 2008. Here Munish forged a link that continues to this day with South Asian Arts.
Socratease (as Munish is known to the burlesque community) stormed the scene in 2011 and formed strong relationships with some of its biggest stars, including Burgundy Brixx and Lola Frost. In 2014, Socratease performed with Sweet Soul Burlesque at Bass Coast, one of Canada’s premier music festivals. In 2015, he thrilled audiences at the Vancouver Burlesque Festival.
Leading stage roles in 2014’s Iceland and This Is War paved the way for Munish’s one-act play Mrs. Singh and Me, which debuted at the 2015 Vancouver Fringe Festival and was awarded Pick of the Fringe. In October, Munish hosted the one-year anniversary of Gastown Cabaret, a monthly high-energy variety show at Guilt and Co. that he produces with burlesque beauties April O’Peel and Sparkle Plenty.
Munish continues to hone his craft writing and performing with comedy video group Urban Jester.