Vikramjit Singh who quit his job as he was not happy being an ‘employee’ and took up stand up comedy. Read on to know more about him.
Tell us about your life journey in brief?
I started with the predictable, then meandered into the unpredictable. After a normal small town upbringing in Jaipur, I studied engineering in Manipal (a delightful student town that I refuse to move on from) and got a software job, which I later quit and joined advertising as a Copywriter. I had a blast in advertising for four years, also reviewing movies along with it for a while. Before, of course, realizing that I wouldn’t be happy being an ‘employee’ any more.
What prompted you to take up standup comedy ?
Stand Up comedy hinges on two facets: writing and performing. I was inclined towards both as hobbies, having done amateur theatre in college, although I’m more of a writer. Then I was writing for advertising, and stand up began as a way of getting away from the rigmarole of a routine job. After about two years of being a non-committal, half-hearted comic, I realized going full time was worth a shot.
Tell us about your team, if you have?
I’m not a part of any team yet. But the nature of the comedy industry in India is such that you end up working with almost everyone on an ad-hoc basis. It’s kind of like flirting with everyone, while being committed to none.
What type of content you prefer when it comes to stand-up comedy?
I’m never sure of how to answer that. If something makes me laugh, I just work backwards from that idea. I haven’t gotten around to deconstructing laughter, thankfully.
What are your dream/ vision?
Haha! You might as well just ask me ‘Where do you see yourself in 5 years from now?’
What difficulties do you face as a stand-up comedian?
I get a bad throat pretty frequently.
What motivates you or keeps you going?
Any fun/ memorable incident?
I was performing at this coffee shop in Kolkata.. It was an open air venue on the terrace and as soon as I took the stage, a baraat arrived at a wedding right next to the venue. So I went on for 40 minutes, as loud as I could, with the brass band playing throughout. As Murphy would have it, they stopped just as I stopped. But it was a super show, even if I sounded like Rani Mukherjee by the end of it.
What advice would like to give to someone who is interested /newbie in stand-up comedy?
There are no set rules here, and hence, no set advice. Everyone charts their own course.
Anything else you’d like to share?
Chhod na yaar.
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