My next break happened when Sanjay Manaktala came down to India in June and the three of us — Sanjay, Sundeep and I — started doing shows in a variety of venues. Soon Sal Yusuf also joined us. I feel I am improving as a comedian by attending the open mics regularly. I got my first corporate gig in Nov and that was one hell of an experience. My family and friends were a huge support. I still remember his words, “You are a Tamilian. But soon I realized they were laughing at me. I was thrilled till I realized that they were clapping to stop me from proceeding more.
I won once, and Sundeep won once. But one day after my show, the owner of the place, who was British, came up to me and said that he didn’t understand a word of what I said thanks to my South Indian accent. I had my parents attending the show. I started performing and within minutes I was getting laughs. I was thrilled till I realized that they were clapping to stop me from proceeding more. I feel I am improving as a comedian by attending the open mics regularly. The quality of comics here is becoming better and better with each passing day.
I got my first corporate gig in Nov and that was one hell of an experience. Back in Bangalore we realized the dearth of comics and decided to start open mic nights in Urban Solace, Ulsoor, which are still going on every Wednesday for more than three years now.
I feel I am improving as a comedian by attending the open mics regularly. That worked big time and I became really comfortable on stage. The show was a roaring success and that night I told my parents that I was planning to quit work. I was thoroughly disappointed. They were the ones who encouraged me to continue.
‘They booed me off the stage many a time, but I stood my ground’: Praveen Kumar
I decided to launch Tickle Minded on January 4,in my favorite venue in Bangalore — Jagriti theatre. So whenever I do a show I establish the fact that I am a Tamilian, this is my accent and you have to live with it. All I can say is try balancing both, get well settled in your dream job and then quit your day job.
I started performing and within minutes I was getting laughs. Life will be beautiful. We are a small circle of comics who are more friends than colleagues. I bombed like a terrorist.
#Twinterview with Vamsidhar Bhogaraju (@VamBho) – Standup Central
It was a dream venue. The audience started bursting balloons and creating havoc. In the first five minutes there was utter silence, but then they started clapping. I am pushing myself to write more before every open mic. I registered for my first open mic in July and thought I did ok.
I urge people to follow their heart but I also advise them not to quit their jobs before settling in. Bangalore is the only city in India with these credentials. We started performing in open spots — five minutes and slowly graduated to doing paid shows there. All of us went in different directions. I started getting on stage during my BITS Pilani days where I used to do comedy mimes in front of crowds of as many as people.
In Bangalore, we have three open mics a week and very soon we are going to have the vamsihdar. That was when a friend referred me to the organizer of my college alumni night and I was given a minute slot to perform. I could concentrate on more than just stand up comedy.
I travelled to more than 16 cities in India to perform for various people but I was still working in an office. The quality vwmsidhar comics here is becoming better and better with each passing day. But soon I realized they were laughing at me.
#Twinterview with Vamsidhar Bhogaraju (@VamBho)
On January 6, I put my papers and requested for early relieving order. Now I va,sidhar take up weekday shows and even those that come at the last minute. That was a turning point in my career. I am attending almost all the open mics. I was thrilled till I realized that they were clapping to stop me from proceeding more.
I did a couple of shows in my office and fortunately these worked. Vamsixhar senior comics are always ready to guide the young comics whenever they need help. I was so excited to be out of the vamsidha world and be on my own. At the end ofI decided to do two major things bhogaraj begin bhogaraiu Not only did I have to stop but I also ran out of the place without even taking my payment.
But one day after my show, the owner of the place, who was British, came up to me and said that he didn’t understand a word of what I said thanks to my South Indian accent. My family and friends were a huge support. To stage a mime, you would need people with a similar wavelength and thinking. I needed to convince my parents. While corporate shows make you a richer comic, public shows make you a better comic. It was getting hectic and stressful.
I won once, and Sundeep won once. Soon Sal Yusuf also joined us. But thanks to Youtube and regular stand up events across the country, that perception is slowly changing. Needless to say, I bombed. One was to launch my one-hour show — The Tickle Minded; and the other was to quit my regular job to become a full-time comedian.
Be a Tamilian on stage. I am dropping my daughter to bhograju and picking her up every afternoon and enjoying it. We became better comics and employed the talents of Kenny Sebastian and Ahmed Sharif too. They were the pioneers who created a commedy up comedy scene here in India and most of us started our careers from the open mics organized by them. I have written more in the past 10 months than in the last two years.
I bhogarwju a lot of people who are quitting their day jobs to follow their passion but at the end of the day, they are leading a tough life.