Starting today, Headquarters, the South Mumbai bar will host a comedy night every week. The first comedian to perform at the Top Secret Comedy Nights will be stand-up comic Sorabh Pant, a 28-year-old Mumbaikar, who’s been on the comedy circuit for 11 months. He will be performing a 45-minute show, Pant on Fire, on Thursday at 9.30 pm.
“Till now, my longest performance has been for 20 minutes, so I hope I don’t collapse on stage and need cardio esuscitation after 45 minutes,” he jokes.
His material will be Indian-centric, he says, and range from ‘Why Parsis should hate condoms to how to be a perfectionist cheater and even his crush on Dhoni’. “I was told my material wasn’t racy enough, so I’ve added 12 minutes of sex-related jokes for this show now,” he reveals and adds, “But I’m a prude, so it’s jokes on sex from a prude. I hope no one minds.”
For the past 11 months, Pant has been touring with Vir Das for the openings of the Das shows, and is also writing comedy shows for TV channels. He will also emcee the Weirdass HAMateur nights at the Blue Frog, which is conducted at the music club once a month.
As a sample joke, he says: “I’ve been following the Australian Indian cricket series and it annoys me when they cut to the ads in the middle of a match. I mean, half the cricketers feature in the ads anyway, why don’t they just get them to endorse the products and shoot the ads while they are playing cricket on the pitches?”
Gaurav Sethi, the promoter of HQ’s, states they won’t hold stand-up comedy only. “On some nights, it will be other types of comedy, like funny poetry and funny fancy dress events. We will screen funny videos,” he says. “It will be anything funny. We are doing this is to promote Indian talent and give comedians and other artistes a platform, specially the up-and-coming ones. That’s why we’ve started with Sorabh.”