If you’re a fan of stand-up comedy, you already know who Atul Khatri is and therefore need no further encouragement to go watch him live in your city! If you haven’t embraced the Indian stand-up comedy revolution, Atul Khatri is the perfect reason to take the plunge. One of India’s best stand-up comedians, Khatri rocked the mic on September 8 and 10 in Bangalore and September 9 in Hyderabad, as the host of Black Dog Easy Evenings. He’ll be back to host more Easy Evenings in November, for which we’ll keep you posted. Meanwhile, read on to figure out why you should let the world wait while you take a pause with this fabulous funnyman when the opportunity arises.
1. TAKE A PAUSE WITH ATUL KHATRI BECAUSE HE WILL MAKE YOU LAUGH OUT LOUD
This guy is fun-nnny. Like seriously. Not long ago, CNN-IBN rated him as one of the Top 20 comedians in India to watch out for. From Bollywood to all things political, Atul takes pot-shots at all kinds of targets and we can assure you, he kills it in the laughter stakes. While you ROFL (and you will), you may also pick up tips on how to tell a story like a stand-up comedian.
2. TAKE A PAUSE WITH ATUL KHATRI BECAUSE HE’S GORGEOUS (DON’T LAUGH YET)
If you ask actor-VJ Cyrus Sahukar, he’ll tell you Atul Khatri is the “George Clooney of comedy.” Adding to his effusive vote of confidence, Cyrus says Atul is “regal” and “amazing” too! You can opt to agree or disagree on whether Khatri is hot on the Clooney scale, but we can tell you the man is certainly attractive for his superb sense of humour.
3. TAKE A PAUSE WITH ATUL KHATRI BECAUSE HE’S A COOL GUY TO HANG OUT WITH
After 26 years in the computer business and a master’s in management, Atul Khatri decided one day that he wasn’t going to waste his life doing exactly what was expected of him. It was literally a new year’s resolution that paved his way to stand-up comedy — and this is no joke. “I was always a sales guy,” Atul confesses, adding that he knew his passion to paycheck moment would come in a client interfacing environment. At first, he registered for a DJ course and then he considered professional bartending, but it was his funny side that finally prevailed. “I knew I had to do something different with my life,” the acclaimed stand-up comedian recalls, “and I didn’t want to die without having tried. I was never a theatre or a stage guy and I didn’t even know what stand-up comedy was, at one point.” Atul has come a long way, to be recognised today as one of India’s best stand-up comedians, but he got here by taking a leap of faith. “I don’t believe we have nine lives; we have one life,” he says, explaining his bold move, while basking in his newfound success. It’s an inspirational tale for anyone stuck in a rut today, who wants to chase a new passion to a happier tomorrow.
4. TAKE A PAUSE WITH ATUL KHATRI BECAUSE HE GETS IT
After failed attempts at DJing and bartending (neither of which he tried too hard to master), why did Atul move to stand-up comedy? “Mid-life crisis. Also, to attempt to buy solitaire diamond earrings for my wife in this lifetime,” says the funnyman, who is quick to add, “I have had to sell my wife’s ears — forget buying her earrings! But creatively, it’s been most lucrative and I’m having a lot of fun.” An easy evening is all about fun and Atul gets that. Listing Mehmood and Johnny Lever as his comedic icons, Bombay to Goa as one of his favourite films and MAD magazine as early inspiration, Atul aces Indian-sensibility-meets-global-gumption.
5. TAKE A PAUSE WITH ATUL KHATRI BECAUSE IT WILL BE GOOD FOR YOU
Atul says that a great stand-up comedy show makes him feel fantastic. “Sometimes the high is such that you don’t sleep at night,” he confesses happily. Opting to do something different with his life has also made him a happier person. But apart from the benefits experienced by Atul himself, we can assure you an enriching experience too. They say ‘laughter is the best medicine’ and serious research backs this up. Experts will tell you that laughter is a powerful antidote to stress, pain and conflict. Nothing works faster (or more dependably) to bring your mind and body back into balance than a good laugh. Humour lightens your burdens, inspires hope, connects you to others and keeps you grounded, focused and alert. If you need more reasons to enjoy an Easy Evening with Atul, a study conducted in Norway (which is, incidentally, the world’s happiest country) suggests that laughter may even help you to live longer. Need we say more?
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