Aditi Mit­tal,

Stand-up Comic

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Q. How did you start writ­ing com­edy and how did your stand-up rou­tines hap­pen?

A. When I got my first laugh at an ‘open mic night’, I knew I wanted to do this for life. There’s some­thing vul­ner­a­ble about laugh­ter; it sig­ni­fies ca­ma­raderie and I feel blessed that peo­ple would share it with me. Q. How do you test your stand-up ma­te­rial? A. I try it out on my poor, un­sus­pect­ing friends. I still at­tend ‘open mic nights’ to find out if my new ma­te­rial works. Q. What’s your favourite joke? A. Did you hear about the dyslexic devil wor­ship­per? He sold his soul to Santa... Q. How brave do you have to be to stand in front of strangers and make them laugh in a few sec­onds? A. On a scale of brave to sui­ci­dal, I think it comes along the lines of stupid. Kid­ding! At the end of the day, it’s just you and a mic stand. It can be fairly daunt­ing and in­ti­mate. Q. Your favourite lo­cal co­me­di­ans? A. Sorabh Pant is su­perb, he’s a ma­niac on stage! Anu­vav Pal is a bloody rock­star and his commentary on emerg­ing In­dia is so true. Ku­nal Rao’s mas­tery with words is in­spir­ing.

Silk blouse, Zara; feath­ered neck­lace, Felix Bendish; ring, At­tic; pumps, Steve Madden

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