I BRING IN A FRESH 40+ PERSPECTIVE IN TO THIS WORLD OF STANDUP COMEDY
I’m a 40+ guy, we're talking about my age not IQ. A Mumbai based businessman who got up late in life and decided to do English Stand-up comedy so that I could tick it off my bucket list. An Indian Computer Engineer and a British Management Scholar who always orders soup one by two even when I’m eating alone.
CNN-IBN rated me as one of the top 20 Comedians in India to watch out for.
I also won the 'CEOS GOT TALENT' trophy competing against 11 other CEOs.
My Mid-Life Crisis
I was successfully running my own IT business. It was fun but got monotonous after a point. My wife continuously pushed me saying that I was meant for something more than this. But at that point I didn’t know for sure that it was going to be stand-up comedy. I wanted to try bartending because I could mix drinks well but then I was too lazy to take up the course on Sunday afternoons. Then I thought of taking up DJ but even that didn’t work out.
While I was figuring out what to do with my life, I kept posting jokes on Facebook just as a comic-relief. There, I realised I have a sense of humour which people appreciate. I got positive feedback and a lot of support from family and friends. So I took a New Year resolution & signed up for an ‘open mic’. I still remember that night. My hands were sweating, my legs were shivering and my throat became dry but I managed to win that 4-minute slot. Yay! That experience was so enriching and addictive that after that just went on and on and on. That's how it all started.