One of the highly popular names among the Stand-up comedians, Abish Mathew is known for his funny enactments, song lyrics, mime acts using sketches, as well as online shows on YouTube. He enjoyed his share of success after inviting other big names from the same industry such as Vir Das, Kanan Gill, Suresh Menon, and many others to his popular talk show “Son of Abish” that’s both famous among the offline and online viewers.
Yes, we have an Oxford MBA on the list as well. Papa CJ, who has pursued an MBA degree from Oxford University found his passion in stand-up comedy shows. Having worked as an executive coach and a motivational speaker in the past has helped him nurture a career in stand-up comedy. He is one of those early Indian stand-up comedians who started out internationally and then set up a base in India. After he moved to India in 2008, he set up India’s one of the first English-language stand-up comedy circuit and helped in grooming the new talent. He is one of the highly successful Indian stand-up comedians internationally having been featured in Just for Laughs festival in Canada, Melbourne International Comedy Festival, and a number of stints at the Edinburg Fringe Festival. He is known for his sold-out solo performance in London in 2016 and two standing ovations at Broadway debut in New York.
Zakir Khan rose to instant fame after he won Comedy Central’s India’s Best Stand-Up Comedian competition. After that, he has won many accolades for his comedy style from different media groups such as NDTV and many others. Besides being a Stand-up comedian, he is also a writer and has produced several radio shows. Currently, when he is not doing a stand-up, he is seen in the news comedy show, On Air with AIB, which he has also co-hosted and written along with Tanmay Bhatt and Gurusimran Khamba of the All India Bakchod fame.
Here’s another MBA grad on the list; Daniel Fernandes. Before it was MBAs and IITians taking up writing as the career change, now it seems that writing as been replaced by Stand-up comedy. The stint that started as a hobby by regular performances at comedy clubs such as Canvas Laugh Club, The Comedy Store, Blue Frog, and High Spirits, Daniel gradually developed it into a full time career after collaborating with big names in the industry such as Gurusimran Khamba, Aditi Mittal, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Abish Mathew, Kanan Gill and many others.
Biswa Kalyan Rath
Kanan Gill’s partner in crime on Pretentious Movie Reviews, Biswa Kalyan Rath is a well-known Indian Stand-up comedian and YouTuber. An IIT alumni with B.Tech degree, Biswa has spent some of his quality years in the IT industry. During this time, he somehow came across Kanan Gill and then rest is history. Following his passion, he decided to quit his job at Oracle and took up a full-time career as a stand-up comedian. With time, he went past the shadow of Kanan Gill and started performing solo and gained similar success in the field as his ex-partner in crime.
One of the founding members of All India Bakchod, Rohan Joshi is quite famous in the laughter industry of India for both his personal and professional acts. Besides being a successful writer and comedian producing some of the most watched shows on their AIB channel, Rohan Joshi has also been a favorite at gossip columns because of his alleged affair with Shaheen Bhatt, sister of Alia Bhatt. However, the real shot to fame and controversy happened when he, along with his 3 other AIB founding members, decided to do a Roast Comedy inviting celebrities like Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, and Karan Johar. Despite being hit, the show also earned its fair share of criticism from all sections.
Another founding member of AIB, Tanmay Bhatt is currently in the news controversy over his Snapchat video titled Sachin v. Lata: Civil War. Controversy and fame go hand in hand with Tanmay Bhatt and AIB. The best example could be witnessed during the AIB roast, where the show was both praised and criticized equally from all corners of India. Apart from roasting comedies, he has also made some cameo appearances in Bollywood films like Ragini MMS 2 starring Sunny Leone and Mr. X starring Emraan Hashmi.
35-year-old Indian stand-up comedian living with his mom, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia is one of those comedians who make the audiences laugh by cracking self-implicated jokes. His performances as a Stand-up comedian are mostly inspired by everyday conversations, quirky monologs, peculiar situations, some eccentric friends, etc. He also features some of his acts based on his day to day life experiences living with his mom.
Well, we have saved the best for the last yet again. People from the Stand-up industry very well know who Russell Peters is! For many of the Indian Stand-up comedians, he is the inspiration and motivation behind taking up the career of a stand-up comedian. Basically from Canada and currently based in Los Angeles, Russel Peters made it to our list because of his Indian descent. Russell Peters owes his success to one of his great influences in the industry, George Carlin. He began his stint in comedy and got his fair share of success when his performance on Canadian TV show Comedy Now! went viral on YouTube and rest is history.
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