We had the good fortune of connecting with Luke Somasundram and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Luke, what makes you happy? Why?
Nothing makes me happier than making things.
It might be writing a play, a comic book or an indie game. Or improvising comedy live on stage. Or getting a TV show on its feet in a writer’s room. Or just making a dumb zine about Godzillas, just because.
Making things offers the satisfaction of solving a really tricky puzzle you created out of the bits of your soul.
Alright, so let’s move onto what keeps you busy professionally?
I’m a writer of various things – ads, TV shows, comics and games. My stuff is 1 part schlocky B-movies I fell asleep watching with my dad as a kid and 1 part weird comedy, because we need more things to make us laugh given the planet is on fire and the oceans are turning to acid.
Let’s say your best friend was visiting Singapore and you wanted to show them the best time ever. Where would you take them? Give us a little itinerary – say it was a week long trip, where would you eat, drink, visit, hang out, etc.
In the 70s, someone decided that the best idea for a family theme park in Singapore would be the Ten Courts of Hell.
The result was Haw Par Villa, the one place you should definitely visit if you are ever in Singapore. It’s a decaying wonderland with endless dioramas of tormented souls in a family-friendly rendition of hell.
It’s a place that feels so out-of-place in the clean, pristine world of Singapore that you might start to wonder if you stumbled into an alternate reality.
The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
The many wonderfully creative people in my life, who make magic in their own way.
To name a few: Natalia Tan a textile artist and occasional editor. Hee En Hua, a comedic messiah. Checkpoint Theatre, a company of multi-disciplinary storytellers.