HindustanTimes Tue,16 Sep 2014
Go in for laughter specialisation
HT Education Correspondent, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, April 23, 2014
First Published: 10:54 IST(23/4/2014)
Last Updated: 10:58 IST(23/4/2014)

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

Expert gyan
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

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