Unwanted hype to make a point…

Have you ever began reading a paragraph and made up your mind about what the write up is about. There’s a comedy fest happening and I would want to make a point but my point isn’t too strong. So here’s the deal, I’m going to write about the comics that are going to be there at this fest. Some of them I have no clue about.  Lets see how this goes.

Aakash Mehta – He can seamlessly mix Gujarati and English. His videos are evident of it.
Aamer Peeran – Tesla. Goes with his gut and goes big. Tough looking soft guy.
Abbas Momim – I’ve met him just once and he seems to be the guy who knows about the right things happening in Comedy. Or that should happen, ideally.
Aditya Shridhar – Comedy Nerd and knows who were the greats.
Ahmad Ashik – Milke Khushi Hogi, I hope.
Ahmed Shariff – New Shariff in Town. Strong Views. He can get your attention and hold it just with the audibility of his voice.
Ajay Samson – Feel good guy who is insane with voices and characters while doing his stand up.
Alick Bailey – I will look forward to meeting you, Alick.
Anand Rathnam – Confident, thinker and always fun to have chai with.
Angad Singh Ranyal – Kaun Nahi Jaanta. Satsriyakal.
Anurag Godugu – Let’s see how this goes.
Anusha Choudhary – Hi, I’m Shunky Chugani.
Arun Govada – Grounded, visionary and super supportive for the comics around him and also for comics in other cities.
Ashwin Alphonso – Hi man! What’s up?
Ashwin Nair – Super sweet guy. Eager to learn. Once he introduced me on stage as Classical, Freestyle Zumba Dancer.
Atul Khatri – The first comic that I met and spoke with after his show who suggested to watch every comic and see and learn all the time.
Avinash Agarwal – Phir milenge Zaroor.
Avinash Ghosh – You meet him at a coffee shop and it will seem that he is the owner of the coffee shop. Something that’s very authoritative about him.
Azeem Banatwala – Super Computer with Algorithms always being updated, in the context of Comedy.
Bhavneet Singh – This guy is crazy cool to hang out with and we could talk for hours. Before one of us would fall asleep out of dehydration. It’s never happened, although it can.
Brian Aylward – Looking forward.
Chirag Panjwani – The only other Sindhi Comic who is as short as I am.
Danish Sait – The one and only. Kaun Nahi Jaanta!
Darius Sunawala – Everytime Darius is in the house there can’t be a dull moment. Each time I meet him, the conversation has been memorable.
Dattaprasad Godbole – I’ve envied guys like Dattaprasad who understand and very well know what they are talking about. One of the intelligent comics.
Deepak Chandran – Milenge!
Diptarko Ghosh – He’s funny when sober and fun when he’s had a drink or two.
Hriday Ranjan – Smart bhoy.
Jinx Yeo – I’m glad I got shortlisted for Masala Mayhem Comedy Fest.
Kanan Gill – Invests in the conversation that he has with you and super fun to hang out with when not being mobbed after a show.
Kaneez Surka – Improv ki Mallika.
Kjeld Sreshth – Mera dost, Mera bhai. One of the guys who if you make him laugh, his laugh will make you feel good. (Try it!)
Kritarth Srinivasan – A force to reckon with. The most common line we use is, Tu Best Hai.
Kunal Rao – The conversations we’ve had whenever I’ve met Kunal has been helpful in writing.
Mahesh Bolisetti – He knows Magic and he is someone you should dance with after a show.
Manas Tayal – Namaste!
Max Mystel – I’m already intimidated by the name.
Mayank Parakh – We shall talk soon.
Mukesh Manjunath – When he has his nights you will remember the guy, super sweet and maaza aata baat karne main.
Naveed Mahbub – I would have remembered if we would have had a conversation.
Naveen Richard – One of the most committed and well defined comics. He will surprise you. Even though you think you know him, he will surprise you.
Navin Kumar – Somoene who is super comfortable about who he is and always is looking ahead of the curve.
Neelaksh Mathur – Well behaved guy who is super comfortable on stage and talks to you whole heartedly.
Nishant Suri – Animated on stage and someone who lives up to the name of Suri Sahab ka ladka.
Nishant Tanwar – One of the first live stand up comics I watched.
Nitin Gupta – His name precedes him.
Pooja Vijay Ramamurthi – Someone I met a long time ago at an open mic in the audience when she got up on stage she got everyone. I was pleasantly surprised.
Praveen Kumar – Prolific, mentor and one of the sweetest people you’ll meet in any walk of life.
Pushkar Bendre – Hi there!
Rahul Dua – Hello to you too..
Rajashekhar Mamidanna – Bade Bhiya. He’s so pleasant to hang around and watch. He’s like a chacha ji that I’d like to meet.
Rohan Dias – He’s ekdum jhakaas and is super smart.
Rohit Swain – He looks like he made it to the state level cricket team. Each time I met him the thought came to me.
Rueben Kaduskar – Someone who I met just once and is super accomodative.
S Aravind – Prolific and macha…
Saad Khan – I’ve never had a word with him so far.
Sahil Shah – Kaun nahi Jaanta inko.
Saikiran Rayaprolu – Very hardworking and presentable on stage.
Sandesh Johnny – Ek baar bhi mulakaat nahi hui.
Sanjay Manaktala – A mentor, your story about Bill Cosby can’t be forgotten by me.
Sapan Verma – Kaun Nahi Jaanta. Lekin Sapan Verma, mujhe nahi jaanta
Sejal Bhat – Dark Comic. You think she’ll say something nice and she comes up with something that leaves your jaw open.
Shadab Aziz – Very Freindly Guy. We had a Bangalore Vs Hyderabad comedy show off and they played really well.
Shrirupa Sengupta – She has the hands of maturity and the voice of a child and the eyes of a Bengalan
Shunky Chugani – Kaun hai yeh!
Shyam Tenali – Trying hard not to do a reference to a comic book that I read in my teens. You know what I’m talking about.
Siddharth Banerjee – Very Witty writer and super helpful to the comics around him.
Sneha Suhas – She’s Bangalore’s very own diva.
Somanath Padhy – One of the best guys to hang out with for writing. Epic burn moments keep happening around him.
Sonali Thakker – Met a few times, watched her on TV and bas utna hi.
Sorabh Pant – I’ve watched him, admired his energy and bought his book. Not in that order.
Suhas Navrathna – One of the strong solid comics that takes stage and keeps the audience’s attention.
Suman Kumar – Author, Writer, Photographer, Stay at Home Dad and super expressive.
Sumit Anand – I’m sure if we were in the school, he’d bully me but banda accha hai.
Sumukhi Suresh – Kya bataun? Inke baare main toh you know better.
Sundeep Rao – A beast of a man on stage and on the prowl off stage.
Toby Thomas – Is baar zaroor milengey
Umesh Somani – Someone who looks like he fluctutates between, don’t mess with me and I’m jolly good ji.
Utsav Chakraborty – There isn’t a dull moment if this person is in the vicinity. Ekdum Paagal hai
V Shridhar – Smart Word Play and Plays with Smart Words.
Vamsidhar Bhogaraju – The most expressive funny guy on stage, when he is on stage. Actor and brilliant with characters.
Vasu Primlani – Aware about the environment and pretty honest about what she feels. Muh pe bold deti hai.
Vikram Poddar – Intellecual conversations are in order and his humor goes across corporate borders. (Yeah!)
Vivek Muralidharan – Good host for a party. The go to guy when he’s incharge and super fun.
Yash Bajaj – Is baar kuch toh hoga….

Over 80 Comedians.
Over 16 Days.
Masala Mayhem Comedy Festival
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Gig#1 Indigo Live Music Bar on 12 July 2015

This is the first gig that I’m writing about. It started slow with 6 people in the audience and all them getting agitated by the minute very rightly by the fact that we did not start on time. I got to go first up as soon as the host went up. A mentor and a fellow Comic, Praveen Kumar looked at me and told me you will do well. I can see it. Go have fun.

I went up and it was so intimate and nice that my set went well. I got to have fun on stage and that could be seen. I did not record my set but when I came down. Praveen looked at me with the expression “My Man!”

I’m glad each gig that goes by is so much fun. I never thought I’d love performing stand up so much.

Punya started her set and went on the get the biggest applause of the night yet. Just to be caught up by the Theatrical Sumukhi and not to forget, the last mega bomb of the show was Utsav who had a very strong ending.

Punya’s act has always been very well put together.
Sumukhi’s was the most expressive.
Utsav has always been the most vivid and entertainingly loud.

I’ve watched Kritarth grow into this comic who will get the last laugh. He does his bits and he works very well. He makes it seem effortless.

So overall. These were to awesome people I performed with at the show.

(PS- Naveen Richard was in the house laughing his ass off. {After the show})

Conversations with my mind – Shunky Chugani

Me: Hey I don’t think I’m doing that well. I mean I’m broke for most part of the month, I can barely be in a relationship for 7 months, I am very unstable. There are people my age who are going places and I seem to be unfocused, very mediocre.

Mind: What are you saying? You’ve done well for yourself. You’ve come a long way and there’s a long way to go from here too. But don’t be too hard on yourself.

Me: Yeah but there are guys who’ve done much more than I have. There are people who have been in relationships for over 5-7 years now, people facing problems that have much more gravity than mine do.

Mind: But you’ve faced your own set of problems. You picked your battles and you’ve been working tirelessly at it for as long as I can remember.

Me: How are you able to tell that?

Mind: Cos you put me on the job. You’re always making me think this, imagine that, multitask, play FIFA, skate. It’s all recreation for you and this is all keeping me active.

Me: Oh! is that why I feel high when I’m exhausted?

Mind: Well if you get high once in a while, I won’t be that exhausted, but yeah. That’s me stretching.

Me: But you’re doing so well. You’ve been working on my problems so well and chipping away one bit at a time. I don’t know what I would have done with out you.

Mind: Well, nevermind, I don’t think I’m doing that well. I try to do my best and then you feel I don’t put enough into it.

Me: No! No! No! I take that back. You’re doing well. I mean I’m doing well. We. We’re doing pretty well. I’ll chill once in a while. I’ve come a long way and now to make it all look worthless, is me being petty. We aren’t petty are we.

Mind: No, we aren’t.

Me: Good! So you wanna watch a movie?

Mind: yeah, lets watch something good. Maybe a nice Pacino movie.

Me: Insomnia it is!

Mind: Oh! For God-sake!

Anyone can be funny…

Recently, from hey I want to be a stand-up comedian, I’ve met quite a few folks that have the attitude that, Hey! anyone can be a stand-up comedian. True! Anyone can. With that attitude, you can’t.

A comic, a friend of mine who usually hosts really well and is one of the most friendliest of guys, Satish Perumal this past week, hosted the open mic at Prost and was a little annoyed by the condescending tone that a few people had. It took guts and he told the select few, Either stay, respect the art form or Move to another floor in the pub. People do this for a living and it’s announced that there’s a show happening here. I was taken, and so glad that a comic,a  friend of mine stepped up and made it clear that he would want to make people laugh but if you’re not in as an audience he is not going to tolerate you hanging about throwing weight around for no good reason.

1507039_10152475835141635_812021047728132123_n  Satish Perumal, a nice guy, unless you try to outwit him in his own game.

Quite a few times people sit in their chairs at an open mic saying, anyone can do this. It’s a cakewalk. Well you might feel lucky and confident and go up and make a few folks laugh. And they even could chuckle a bit. But doing this day in and day out isn’t really a cakewalk. If you can’t laugh, we’re okay with that but if you don’t respect the guy who’s sweating and nervous on stage, don’t hang about. Get out! Get out now!

I’m not saying an audience should laugh at all jokes. Fact of the matter is, the tougher the crowd, the more the comic learns, and works and on being funny and he’s not just getting laughs because he claims to be a comic. It’s good work for him. If you’ve had a bad day, go home, watch game of thrones, find your friends, if anyone is still willing to hang out with you.

But don’t be condescending. Don’t walk into an open mic thinking, I can do better. If you’d really wanted to you would be giving it a shot. Again, I’d like to point out that people who want to try stand up comedy are not the ones I’m talking to. Get on stage and do your best. But hey, all I’m trying to tell you is, it’s a comedy show.

It’s no place for you to vent out. Sit, don’t laugh. Don’t bring down the standards of good comedy that’s building in the city, but please don’t be the guy everyone wants to punch but no one does.

In conclusion, it’s your call to hang around a comedy show and decide if the person is funny or no, but don’t be a troublemaker. It’s a conscious decision to get on stage and try to be funny. To many people reading this, it might come naturally but for those who tackle stage fright and get on stage, don’t be one guy who they have to put down, cos believe me, every once in a while you’ll come across a comic who’ll make you feel like you shouldn’t have said that