More than half a decade ago, most on-stage comedy was ­slapstick and involved poking fun at ­public figures through mimicry. If the rising popularity of TV shows like Comedy Nights with Kapil is any indication, stand-up comedy is coming of age in India. A ­stand-up comedian ­performs in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them. He/she recites fast paced humorous stories, short jokes and one-liners called a monologue, routine or act.
Stand-up comedians must develop their own acts, and hone their skills on the job. Acknowledged industry experience, combined with a proven track record of success, is often the most valued qualification. The job of a stand-up artist entails minimal investment, and yields high returns. All you need is a sense of humour and the ability to write good scripts.
All for laughs
Quick thinking and ability to respond to different audiences are a must
Rs. I take home
Rs. 5,000- Rs. 7 lakh per month
I love my job because...
I have a lot more control over how my career shapes up
It is important to look at the funny side of things, be it religion, politics or a slice of bread, says Raghav Mandava, a stand-up
comedian based in Gurgaon