When Sydney-based comedian Aaron Chen, a stalwart in the Australian comedy scene, landed in Mumbai last week, he was intrigued by the Indian obsession with Bollywood. Following the drill of Mumbai tourists, he stood in front of the homes of Bollywood stalwarts.
People had lined up to take photos in front of Shah Rukh Khan’s house. He found this star-obsession “cool” and decided to include it in his stand-up act that he will be presenting in Delhi today as part of the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow. His performance is titled “The Big Boy Tour”. He will also reveal how he feels that Thugs of Hindostan is an Indian interpretation of Pirates of the Caribbean.
The festival is touring Mumbai, Pune, Kolkata, Delhi and Bengaluru and is being presented as part of Australia Fest. Performers at the festival include the rising star Mel Buttle, who will draw upon her experiences with her 67-year-old dad and her rescue dog, who weighs 40 kg. “They think she will be scary, but she is actually sweet,” says the 36-year-old about her pet. There will also be Guy Montgomery, an award-winninng comedian whose bemoaning of everyday realities has won accolades in his native country, New Zealand, and Australia. Comedian Daniel Connell will join Montgomery for the evening — both have performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe. Chen, 23, had won the award for the best newcomer at the 2017 Melbourne International Comedy Festival last year. He says, “I am doing observational comedy. I am intrigued by how fast paced life is in India and how Indians love food.”
Gideon James, associate director of the festival, says, “The Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the third largest international comedy festival in the world, runs for a month in Melbourne in April, with over 550 shows. There are 2,500 participants, including writers, producers and technicians. After going to Singapore and Malaysia in the last 10 years, this will be our fourth trip to India.”
At NCUI Auditorium & Convention Centre, 3, August Kranti Marg, Siri Institutional Area, 8 pm onwards.
Tickets: Rs 299