Standup comedy is a genre which has got popular in the last few years. There’s a newfound respect and liking for standup comedians and their content in India.
The scenario has changed just a few years now. One of the first names to pop up on the Indian standup comedy scene was Sanjay Manaktala. Today his name has become synonymous with standup in Bengaluru. People from all walks of life take time out to attend his standup gigs, because Sanjay is so good!
But Sanjay’s rise on the scene wasn’t one where he saw fame overnight. It took him many gigs to establish himself as a standup who knew what he was making the people laugh about.
Talking about his journey Sanjay says, “When I started standup in Bengaluru, there were hardly any people into it. At one point in time, it was just Praveen, Sundeep and me,” says Sanjay Manaktala. Sanjay came to Bengaluru on work. Soon enough, he started doing standup at a pub called ‘Cairo.’ It was there that he met Praveen Kumar and Sundeep Rao – his contemporaries in the business.
Before he became Bengaluru’s favorite funnyman, Sanjay was involved in the software industry for about eight years. The predictability and monotony of the profession finally got to him, and that led him to take to open mic shows. The experience impressed him and he was enjoying it. And just as he was about to quit his job and take up standup full time he got posted in India.
When Sanjay brought standup to Bengaluru, it was unheard of. But it was good news for him as it gave him the opportunity to color the ‘canvas’ as he liked to.
Today, standup comedy is big in India. Says Sanjay, ““There’s a lot of demand for comedians today from TV channels, brands, corporates and events.”
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