SOUTH WINDSOR — By day, Dr. Jay Sutay is a pediatrician with a busy practice in South Windsor. One night a week – more often if his wife lets him – Sutay is the Stand Up Pediatrician and performs at comedy clubs and open mikes around the region.
Sutay, 44, lives and works in South Windsor, where he moved to set up a practice with his partners after graduating from medical school at the University of Connecticut and completing his residency at Hartford Hospital.
He began doing comedy while a student at Fairfield University, but stepped away from the mike to get his practice going.
“I was getting weary 13 years into practice,” Sutay said. So two years ago he began writing jokes and doing his act again. His vacation this summer was a weeklong gig at a casino in Laughlin, Nev. It was fun, Sutay said, but helped him realize how much he likes his day job.
Still, Sutay said performing comedy helps him deal with the challenge of practicing medicine in the era of managed care.
“Sooner or later you realize the system isn’t going to change,” he said. “Rather than fight it … I decided to blow off steam with comedy because most of it is making fun of parents.” And getting people to laugh is addictive, he said.
Sutay will perform in South Windsor Saturday night in a fundraiser for the South Windsor Democratic Town Committee. South Windsor Comedy Night is scheduled for 8 p.m. at Nomads Adventure Quest, 100 Bidwell Road. Sutay will be master of ceremonies and plans a 15- to 20-minute performance. The event’s headliner is Leighann Lord.