Laugh it off

Dubai-based stand-up comedian Nitin Mirani talks about his brand of humour and how he strikes a chord with Indian audiences

Mumbai | Published: August 1, 2014 1:00 am
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By Aditya Shekhar

After garnering rave reviews for his shows all over the world, Dubai-based stand-up comedian Nitin Mirani performed for the first time in Pune with his show, Komic Sutra. After having performed at some of the finest venues across the world such as Carolines on Broadway (New York), The Laugh factory (Chicago) and The Comedy Store (London).
Having moved to Dubai at the age of two, Mirani confesses to being relatively disinclined to academics since childhood. He maintains that his decision to become a stand-up comedian was certainly not a cakewalk.
“In our days, comedy was not considered as a career option. I always had to struggle with explanations and justifications to do what I do. Nonetheless, in hindsight, I feel good,” says Mirani. As opposed to his outgoing persona, Mirani says he was a rather inconsequential little, shy kid at that time. “Thanks to my tryst with theatre, I realised my true self in entirety. Eventually I have come to understand that I am really good at being someone else, who I actually am not in reality. It is all about make-believe,” adds Mirani, who has shared stage with some of the biggest names in the arena of comedy — be it Maz Jobrani, Max Amini or Dean Obeidallah.
His humour comes from day-to-day observations of people around him. Inspired by details and smallest of observations from everyday life, Mirani says he thinks that a commentary on the day-to day life is the best possible connecting medium with spectators. Mirani had earlier performed in Mumbai, Bangalore and Hyderabad and was quite eager to perfom in Pune. “I can’t wait to meet the people who are coming to laugh at me,” he says.

 

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