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IITians trade jobs for laughs, strike it rich

mumbai Updated: Apr 25, 2011 00:16 IST
Kiran Amit Wadhwa

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These quips are products of the minds of engineers from IIT, Bombay, who dumped juicy placement offers to start a stand-up comedy company in October 2009. Two years and plenty of laughs later, these engineers are literally laughing their way to the bank with successful shows across India.

The brainchild of Nitin Gupta (26), a former IITian, Entertainment Engineers is now a 10-member-strong firm. Many of them are engineers from IIT-B. The company has done 48 shows in campuses and corporate houses across the country and has 16 more lined up this year.

"The aim is to make stand-up comedy a respectable profession in India and, of course, profitable," said Gupta, who started the firm with two of his IIT friends.

Has scepticism stopped them from striving for their objective? "I actually took up a day-job in the IT sector for three months but left it because I realised that stand-up comedy deserved my 100%," said Tushar Upadhyay, 23, a BTech in material science and now a stand-up comedian for Entertainment Engineers.

Their story has now become an inspiration for several students at IIT-B who want to join their company. "I was always interested in drama and comedy, but only after I joined the company did I realise that this is what I want to be," said Prashant Chandra, 19, a first-year mechanical engineering student, who looks after the company's business development. He hopes to become a performer like his seniors some day.