In the comedy circuit, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia is popularly known as Salman Khan of the fat world. The Gurugram-based stand-up comic quit his lucrative corporate job of 16 years to make people laugh by cracking jokes inspired from his life as a 40-year-old divorced, short and overweight man, and his failed attempts to please his over-optimistic mother, who can’t wait to see him married.
Every Monday, he hosts a show, in different cities, called Jokes on You, where he roasts and make jokes on the audience. “Many comics say that one day I’ll be murdered. I think I am the only guy who can call someone gareeb and get away with it,” says Ahluwalia, who has done over 1,500 shows in India and abroad. “But I don’t make jokes on caste, creed, sex, religion or politics.”
“I observe and tell stories from my life. I have to live with the object or the person to make fun of it. During my initial open mics, I used to just talk about my day, like how my mother watches MasterChef for four hours a day, but still makes tindey for dinner,” he says.
When outside, he always makes a list of things which catch his eye. “Recently, I was at a fancy hotel and there was a signage on the lift: In case of fire, use stairs. And I thought what other option do I have. I am on the 17th floor, I would rather kill myself on the lift than die on the 14th floor due to suffocation,” he says.
Apart from performing on stage, Ahluwalia had played a brief role in Imtiaz Ali’s Tamasha (2015) and has been seen in television ads for Comedy Central India, Phillips, and Grofers. He has participated in comedy shows on TV and his videos on YouTube have garnered more than three million views.
In March 2013, eight days after his first open mic, at Amit Tandon’s restaurant, The Mind Cafe, in Gurugram, Ahluwalia met stand-up comic Rajneesh Kapoor, who saw him perform and said that if Jeeveshu did anything else in his life, he would be a moron. Ahluwalia
quit his job as a director at the multinational company, where he had worked for 14 years.
“For me, the shift was from the drawing room to the stage. But I always used to be the funny guy. When a client came to office, I used to ask if he/she would prefer coke, diet coke, drugs or charas, and CEO would be rolling his eyes,” he says.
He has also trademarked the term “Laughterpreneur”, which is also his company’s name. “Way back in 2008, I would share jokes on Facebook, and a friend gave me that name, because, according to him, I invented laughs.”
Jeeveshu Ahluwalia will be performing at Canvas Laugh Club,Mumbai, till October 1, at 8.30 pm
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