Papa CJ is an Indian born stand-up comedian. He’s called Papa CJ, because that it is a literal translation of his real name. He did his schooling at the Lawrence School Sanawar in India and then went on to do an MBA at the University of Oxford from the Said Business School. He then worked as a management consultant in London. He has also worked as an executive coach and motivational speaker and has trained executives from over 50 blue chip companies all over the world. After visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004, he gave up his corporate career and started performing stand-up comedy in November 2004. He has since performed in North America, Europe, Asia and Africa. After being a regular on the UK comedy circuit he moved back to New Delhi in early 2008, where he began grooming new talent and growing the stand-up comedy circuit in India.
In 2008 he was also a contestant on Last Comic Standing 6 on NBC where he made it to the final 10. Papa CJ is an inspiration to many. He has an energy force field like a superhero. If you have ever told a joke, you know there’s a moment in the telling when the universe hangs in balance. With Papa CJ, that anxious moment never comes. He is pure, distilled confidence. But Papa CJ’s true power lays off-script, in his creating instant humour in his audience.
His mysterious gift seems to be in knowing where to stop and leave his poor subjects with silly grins on their faces. Also his work has been featured on many TV channels across the world and he has been a guest on tons of radio stations worldwide. Papa CJ’s mission is to create laughter and happiness in the lives of people and to help them realise their dreams. He has done over 2000 shows with sold out tours across 5 continents in cities including London, New York, Sydney, Johannesburg, Miami, Hong Kong, Toronto, Bali, Manchester, Singapore, Durban, Belfast, Male, Los Angeles, Kuala Lumpur, Delhi, Melbourne and Mumbai.
He represented India on NBC’s TV show Last Comic Standing in 2008 and from the thousands of global contestants; he was placed in the Top 10. He was the first Indian comedian to be invited to perform at the Just for Laughs Festival in Canada and has performed multiple times at the Edinburgh Fringe. Papa CJ understands the environment of his clients and has the experience and versatility to handle any environment at any event in any country. His strength is his spontaneity and ability to interact with an audience and handle any crisis that might occur during a live event. He has performed at comedy shows, corporate shows, weddings, birthdays, anniversaries and even baby showers. Papa CJ has worked with thousands of comedians across the world. His network allows him to successfully curate shows with both international and local talent to meet the diverse needs of clients.
The Papa CJ Comedy Company draws on a pool of worldwide resources and has worked with global brands in over a dozen countries all over the world. Comedians associated with The Papa CJ Comedy Company can perform in multiple languages and they have a broad range of backgrounds including advertising, consulting, script and screenwriting, brand management, engineering, motivational speaking, corporate training and laughter yoga. Papa CJ founded a charity that works with underprivileged children in India, getting them out of child labour and back into the formal schooling system. This charity is supported by his comedy. He is also a qualified Laughter Yoga instructor. He does free shows at hospitals across the world and for the Armed Forces of India. So whole and all Papa CJ is a source of motivation for all those people who are not satisfied with what they have and are unhappy with their lives.
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