To our curiosity, when and where did the concept for stand-up comedy take birth in your mind?
I had always fantasized about the idea of getting up on a stage, armed with nothing but a mic and my thoughts, and making people laugh and have a good time. My journey with performance started with theater back in 2009 and has since evolved into regularly doing stand-up and improvisational comedy shows.
Have there been any hard moments along the way?
Plenty. The contemporary forms of stand-up and improv comedy are not popular in Pakistan. Additionally, the arts aren’t really regarded as a profession here either. So me and my team have had our fair share of ups and downs, but what the love from the people has been overwhelming which is what has kept us going.
The current situation is probably one of the hardest moments thus far. I haven’t gotten up on a stage in almost 5 months.
How would you describe your brand of humor?
It’s hard to put one label on it, as there is a spectrum and one’s abilities and artistic sensibilities are in a state of constant evolution. It started off with abstract humour, and now the style is mostly observational.
Who are your personal favorite comedians? Who makes you laugh?
My comedic inspirations are Shakeel Siddiqui and Mitch Hedberg. Others are Jerry Seinfeld, Bill Burr, Dave Chapelle and Bo Burnham.
If you could open for any comic, who would it be?
Any of the above.
What is the best thing about being a comedian?
Usually a stand-up comedy show features other comedians. Fortunately for me, most of my fellow comedians are also my best friends. The feeling of collectively doing something we all love is indescribable.
What has been the most memorable show or moment so far?
A lot of memorable moments, and my memory isn’t the greatest but a recent moment that comes to mind is when Shehzad Ghias and I were performing at Pavillion End Club which was our first time performing in Johar. Usually shows are in DHA or Clifton, in front of audiences we are comfortable with and know very well. So that was a challenge for us. And in the beginning I thought we were going to bomb and lose the show but somehow it all came together and we had a wonderful time.
How do you want the world to remember you?
As someone who made them laugh when they were going through a difficult time.