Stand-up comedy has magical, healing properties — you should believe us by now, because we’ve said this often enough! If you haven’t already enjoyed a rocking evening with one of India’s most popular comedians, start now with Sorabh Pant. After packed performances in Mumbai, Pune, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Visakhapatnam recently, Pant is scheduled to rock Black Dog Easy Evenings in Kolkata on November 25, so make plans to unwind right this minute. Need an excuse? Here are five great ones!
EASY EVENINGS ROCK
Given how hectic and stressful life can be, we all need to unwind. Why not let the world wait while Sorabh Pant makes you laugh out loud? He’ll take on trending topics that make you mad and he’ll help you find the humour in them. From ousted censor board chief Pahlaj Nihalani to Donald Trump, Sorabh has proved to be a smarty pants (pun intended) on a series of local and global subjects. This is clever comedy at its best and it will leave you feeling lighter and happier for having experienced it. That should be reason enough to book tickets now, but wait — we have more reasons!
SORABH HAS COOL FANS (AND YOU CAN BE ONE)
This bloke is funny and you don’t have to take our word for it. From apna Hrithik Roshan to Whose Line Is It Anyway? star Wayne Brady, Sorabh Pant has found favour with a whole heap of happening people. In fact, Brady went as far as to say that Pant is “the second most brilliant Indian comedian” he’s ever seen. Topping Brady’s list is stand-up star Russell Peters, so Pant couldn’t possibly have been upset about not coming in first. No comedian can complain about being on a top list with Russell Peters and not just because he’s an icon. I mean, if you do complain, it’s likely “somebody gonna get hurt real bad.” #insidejoke
HE HAS EXPERIENCE AND IT COUNTS
By his own admission, Sorabh Pant often works for 14 to 15 hours a day and he’s “absolutely fine” with that because he “genuinely” loves what he does. It’s obvious he’s not deranged because others love him too! As a result, he has done over 1,000 shows in 60 cities across 15 countries, as well as 300+ corporate shows. He can also boast about opening for international biggies including Rob Schneider — the star of such films as You Don’t Mess With The Zohan and The Hot Chick. If you need further affirmation of his talent, perhaps it will help to know that Pant is a founding member of the East India Comedy company (guess who else is a member) which has raked up 115 million YouTube views for its laugh-out-loud shows including EIC Outrage and EIC vs Bollywood. Under his own steam, he has 1.95 million followers on Twitter and that’s no laughing matter!
HE’S LIVING THE DREAM
You should envy this guy. He gets up every day and goes to work to do what he loves — and he’s successful at it too! Sorabh tells us he “never consciously set out to be a stand-up comedian,” it just happened. Of course he was lucky to have the support of his family, because both his parents “have some kind of creative bent,” and he didn’t quit his day job to “plunge headlong like some blind Ostrich into stand-up comedy.” Pant continued to work as a writer for several TV shows until comedy became a viable full-time gig for him. What little scepticism his parents had with regard to his career choice was soon overcome when the cheques started to pour in!
HE IS CONSTANTLY INSPIRED AND THAT MAKES HIM ENTIRELY INSPIRING
Pant says there’s so much to “be annoyed and delighted about” in India alone, that he never runs out of things to be inspired by. Check out his recent tweets @hankypanty on Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh, Test cricket, the Mumbai monsoon and filmmaker Sajid Khan to see what we mean. Back when he was only 12 years old (and still had hair), Pant watched Johnny Lever live and considers him an inspiration to this day, just like fellow EIC comedian Atul Khatri, who is also a Johnny Lever fan. From Brian Regan and Jon Stewart to Mike Birbiglia and Chris Rock, Pant has a host of international favourites too — and they all add to the interesting mix that makes for his unique brand of comedy.
Check out Sorabh Pant as he rocks Black Dog Easy Evenings at What’s In D Name in Kolkata on November 25, 2017.
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