Kritarth Srinivasan quit engineering to follow his dream for standup. Read on to know more about this young and talented stand up comic.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
As am the son of a defence dad, so ever since a young age I was forced to have conversations with stranger because not talking to them would be bad manners. This air force background was a great driving force behind the talkative side of me. Even in school i was always the kid who got out of class for talking too much. I was always made to Host school functions and annual days and thus made it on stage as a kid.
After school i joined mechanical engineering because all my friends were doing it, this is when I was introduced to live stand up. Slowly stand up became the bigger priority of the day and engineering just became a burden. Three years into the course i quit engineering to follow my dream for stand up and traveling and took up a degree in History because i knew good jokes would come from that. 🙂
What prompted you to become a stand up comedian ?
To be frank, This happened quite out of the blue. I used to sit at home and watch Vir Das on TV do his news gag show called “News On The Loose” all the time. One day I read in the newspapers that he was in town doing a live show called the “Fosters LOL evening” and anyone who takes part in the open mic will get a free entry to the show. Just to watch the show for free I signed up for the contest. I went on stage and of-course did not win, but I realised I was quite funny and people laughed at my jokes. Thats when i got in touch with Ahmed Shariff and went down to the open mic at Urban Solace and from there things just went the way i wanted them to…
Tell us about your team, if you have?
I don’t have a team, But here in Bangalore the whole comedy circuit is quite close knit. We are all always there looking out for each other, giving each out advice, watching everyones back, passing on shows. Its quite a nice family we have here. The scene was started here by Sanjay, Sundeep and Praveen and then exploded with Ahmed opening many comedy venues in the city. The city has some kick ass talent and there is much more from where this came from.
What type of content you prefer when it comes to stand up comedy?
When it comes to doing jokes on stage, I any day prefer doing jokes that I can closely relate to. Something that is very “Me”. I try my best to talk from experience (Which might not be much, but will grow). I can’t do jokes on things like political situation because that is something i hardly care about.
What is your dream/ vision?
My vision now is quite short term, I want to kill every show I get and not let my audience down. In this process I want to add new jokes remove weak old jokes and keep the people who come out to watch me make them feel worth of their time and efforts. The long term goal is to establish myself in the industry and maybe do my solo show. That would be a dream come true 🙂
What difficulties you face as an stand up comedian?
Coming up with new material is hard, Very hard. Its not just coming up with material, the material should also keep pace with the rest of your set. Every time I try a new 5 minute bit at an open mike i feel like i’m going up on stage for the first time and i’ve never done this before.
What inspires you or keeps you going?
My inspiration is definitely the other comedian in Bangalore. Every time they go on stage and give a great show, i just feel the need to pull up my energy and keep up to the level that i just saw on stage. And every time you go on stage and get off, that rush you get is enough to keep you waiting just to get back out there and have another great show 🙂
Any fun/ memorable incident?
My best memory in stand up would be this show I did with my buddy Ahmed once. It was a breakfast show for a bunch of tax consultants. We thought a comedy show early in the morning and on top of that people who work on numbers, this will be a very bad show. We reached their office in the morning and started the show to our surprise, it turned out to be the best show we had ever had. That was on memorable show for sure.
What advice you’d like to give to someone who is interested/newbie in stand up comedian?
For anyone who is starting off comedy now, Its not too hard at all. There are enough open mikes, the demand for comedians is quite high. All you need to do is focus. Work on writing good jokes. Stay clear of the stereotypes – all those jokes are over done already. If you can come out and write a tight crisp 15 min. set, you are good to go!
Anything else you’d like to share?
I have to say, for some reason i feel super duper lucky to stay in a city like Bangalore, If i was in any other city I would have given up on my stand up dream long before it could start. The scene here is new and smart and its good to know that all comedians here respect your progress and your work and push you on to bigger stages. 🙂
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