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College-going stand-up comics are making the most of the boom in comedy events in the city

art and culture Updated: Sep 24, 2012 19:51 IST
Arundhati Chatterjee
Arundhati Chatterjee
Hindustan Times
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It is not uncommon to find stand-up comics as young as in their teens entertaining crowds at the frequently held comedy events in the city. Besides established performance venues like The Comedy Store, which encourages young talent, many city joints such as Mocha Mojo, Cool Chef Café, I-Bar and Leaping Windows regularly host open mic nights, giving a chance to promising performers. Here are a few campus funnymen talking about their stint at comedy.

Shazeb Sheikh
St Andrew’s College
Best known for spoofing actor and chat-show host Simi Garewal, Shazeb says that there more opportunities now than ever. “People nowadays use stand-up comedy acts as fillers even at dance parties. I remember performing at Submerge’s Stupid Mad Party last year when the DJ stopped the beats.” The 22-year-old recalls how it all began, “Over the years, no matter how hard I’d try to be serious, I’d end up making a joke out of everything. When this became a compulsive habit and made people laugh, I realised I had a knack for humour.”

Hormaz Fatakia
St Andrew’s College
For many student comics, their first brush with comedy usually occurs at college festivals, which provide a friendly platform. “I never thought I had it in me until people at fests started appreciating my spontaneity and I realised that I could make people laugh,” says 20-year-ol Hormaz, who is now a regular performer at comedy events at live act venues across the city.

Deep Chhabria
KC College
A regular at various comedy events, 19-year-old Deep feels open mic events act as launch pads. “I won the Schitzengiggles open mic twice at Mocha Mojo, the Comedy Store open mic once and LOL Knights at Casa Soul Fry once. These events bring together the best of humorists in our city and are a confidence booster,” says Deep.

Armaan Sunny
Jai Hind College
This 20-year-old BMM student wants to make situational and observational comedy his forte. “I would love to take it up as a career. Even if I don’t, I want to continue performing as a stand-up comic,” he says, adding, “I usually perform my solo sets of about 10 minutes or sometimes going up to 15 at Leaping Windows, Out Of The Blue, Cool Chef Café and I Bar.”

Sahil Shah
Jai Hind College
One of the most promising names on the comedy circuit, Sahil is a part of comedy group, East India Comedy Company, which also features Sorabh Pant, Kunal Rao and Sapan Verma. “Stand-up comedy is evolving and I am going to take it up as a full-time career,” says the 21-year-old student.

Dettol Sensitive is one interesting product. I mean if Dettol kills 99.9 per cent germs,then what does Dettol Sensitive do? Kill 99.9 per cent germs without hurting their feelings!? (Armaan Sunny)

I don’t understand why people cry about the
dysfunctional government. What can you expect from a party whose symbol itself says ‘Talk to the Hand’? (Deep Chhabria)

First Published: Sep 24, 2012 15:01 IST