Sunda Croonquist is an
Croonquist was born in Paterson, New
Jersey to an African-American mother and Swedish
Inspired by her father’s career as a musician and
having a stage/pageant mom, Croonquist wanted to be an entertainer
at a very young age.
runner up in the Miss America
Pageant’s preliminary representing the state of New Jersey.
Years later she again represented New
Jersey but this time as “New Jersey’s Funniest Female.”
With a BA
in Criminal Justice, Croonquist also worked as a probation and
parole review officer in Newark, New Jersey.
She then worked as a detective while taking
acting classes and eventually landed roles in local plays and
At a chance encounter in New York City, Croonquist was joking
around at a party when she met Jackie
, who told her to seriously consider doing stand up comedy
and with her husband’s encouragement, took a comedy class and had
her first paid gig within weeks.
Her first performance was at a club called “Don’t Tell Mama”. “I
was scared but loved the thrill of being in front of an audience
talking about my life”-Sunda.
Croonquist has produced her own comedy shows including: “Femmes
Fatales” one of the longest running female comedy showcases for
NY’s Toyota Comedy Festival for eight years. She is also the
Chairperson for the Annual “Laugh Off”, an event that brings
awareness to Gilda’s Club in Northern New Jersey. This is a cancer
support group that was formed by comedian Gilda Radner
Croonquist gained attention in the media in August, 2009 when her
mother-in-law, Ruth Zafrin, filed a lawsuit against her in U.S.
for alledgedly spreading false, defamatory
and racist lies about Zafrin's family
in her stand-up act. Croonquist said she didn't even know she was
being taken to court until she was told, at an audition, to explain