Hi, and welcome to #TalkbackTuesday. This week’s interview is with Mr. Rupen Paul. See his interview below.
Talkback Tuesday is a weekly interview with everyday people. It is always inspirational to look into the life of another person, and realize it is just as complex and large and confusing as your own.
1. For the readers, who are you, what do you do, and what is your current side project?
I’m Rupen Paul. I am a stand up comedian. And I’m currently touring a show called ‘Stay Rent free Stay Foolish‘ with two other Comedians, where we make jokes about our parents. Apart from that, I’m writing and working towards my first solo show.
2. Why did you choose to be a stand up comedian? What appeals to you about comedy culture and stage performance?
I grew up shy and, as is the case with many shy people, humour is a way l relate to people. I used to make my friends and family laugh. When I was 18, I saw a clip of Omid Djalili and was amazed at how funny and warm and edgy comedy could be, and knew deep down that I’d become a comedian.
What I like about comedy is that you can be honest and vulnerable about your weaknesses and the weaknesses of the world and society.
3. Talk to me about your solo show. What kind of effort is required to write, edit, and prepare for that? What do you hope to accomplish with that show?
It’s a lot of effort. First you write jokes and material that you could use on stage for 60 minutes, at the least. Each joke has to be tested in various environments and cities and audiences.
When you watch a comedy show, the jokes that you see have been worked many times on many stages.
So the effort is as follows – writing, testing the jokes, touring, and then doing the show. But now to do a solo show people have to know about you. So prior to doing the show, I’ll have to put out content so that people know about my work.
Doing a solo show is what every comedian starts out to do. I’d like to build a body of work and I want to write and perform shows for as many people as I can.
4. As a up-and-coming standup artist yourself, what advice can you give to others? What do you think are the 3 things you should always do, and the 1 thing you must never do in a budding comedy career?
- Keep finding ways to make your comedy more unique. It’s a great feeling in art to realize that you don’t belong anywhere [and hence are free to evolve].
- Keep pushing yourself to get better. Plan your milestones and set high aims and play harder. Set high aims. Make mistakes. Learn. Grow.
- Be respectful. I genuinely love to work with senior comics and watch how they work a room. It’s the best. I also enjoy watching newer comics handle tougher topics in their comedy. Being nice to people you work with goes such a long way in getting and keeping work.
One thing you must never do when pursuing comedy? Feel entitled to your success and be cynical of someone else’s success.
I believe everyone succeeds differently. Knowing what makes you different will let you stand out.
5. Great. Finally, do you have anything you’d like the audience to explore? It can be a business or movement, or it could be anything from a video to an idea.
A/N: I tried very hard to get Rupen to answer this question, but he denied it, insisting that he doesn’t want to “sell anything”. He said he “just writes shit jokes and makes people laugh”.
But that’s not how we roll here. You can find him on [email protected] and if you live in Bengaluru, you can use BookMyShow to catch a weekend show. Show him some love. 🙂
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