Most would agree that stand up comedy has come a long way in the last six months. But very few comics actually make their way to the stage as independent artistes. One such man called Sorabh Pant has recently joined that exclusive club.
The 29-year-old, who co-founded Weirdass, with actor-comedian Vir Das performed with the latter for a few years, before branching out with his own show called Pants On Fire. And now, he’s headed to Bangladesh for his first international gig.
“I’m trying to figure the material I should perform there without getting trapped. But I’ve been with other comics who are edgy and over the top and still carry it off. So let’s see,” says Pant, who recently performed at the discotheque Red Light in Kala Ghoda.
Though usually Pant doesn’t make fun of certain people, but picking on political parties is still something he won’t do. He has considered poking fun at one such party, which has been in the news for its violent means of keeping non-Maharashtrians out. “I’m contemplating doing it, but I don’t think I will,” he says, practically.
Enumerating one instance where he was actually threatened for his nerve, he adds, “at a performance in Pune, a random person came up to me and said, ‘you’re funny and all, but if you want to stay that way, don’t talk about certain things’.”
For now, Pant is excited about his latest material on relationships, which his wife has inspired him to write. “She is insane and she pushed me to write this. As a matter of fact, at my wedding ceremony, I was taking notes and the ‘pundit’ got very offended that I was doing so. But it’s great material. We had a Bengali pundit!” he says.