Avan­tika Ak­erkar,

The­atre Artist

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Q. world How of were com­edy? you in­tro­duced to the A. I grew up in New York, with the best of the best to watch. I was glued to the TV and loved Satur­day Night Live and sit­coms like Se­in­feld. Watch­ing stand-up acts at var­i­ous places rounded my comedic ex­pe­ri­ence. Q. What’s the most im­por­tant part of the job? A. Tim­ing, de­liv­ery and con­tent. You have to be able to hold the au­di­ence for the right amount of time be­fore you de­liver a punch­line, and this holds true for stand-up, as well as comedic the­atre. Q. What do you think when you hear that women aren’t funny? A. It’s like say­ing men can’t re­ally cook! Ab­sur­dity. I think it has to do with so­cial bi­ases and gen­der stereo­typ­ing. Q. Tell us about the role of com­edy in the­atre, for ex­am­ple, your role in The Vagina Mono­logues...

A. It’s im­por­tant, es­pe­cially in per­for­mance pieces like The Vagina Mono­logues. Our play uses hu­mour as a foil to en­sure the mes­sage is clearly un­der­stood by the au­di­ence. I al­ways re­mind my­self that, al­though the lines are funny, the in­tent is far from it.

Pen­cil dress, Fal­guni & Shane Peacock; stud­ded ear­rings, Cu­rio Cottage

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