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December 24, 2014

Humour Games

Text by Zaral Shah. Photograph by Tejal Pandey

Offbeat, but completely on track, one of India’s top stand-up comedians, Aditi Mittal is serious about evoking laughs

Her surname is perhaps her first claim to fame. On being asked about being a distant contender for the prestigious Mittal steel fortune, the 28-year old stand-up comedian, writer, teacher and actor states, “I have a huge family; I’ll have to kill about 476 people to get anywhere close to being remotely wealthy.” Riches apart, the stand-up comedian aspires to be a soap queen. “It is still my dream to be on an Ekta Kapoor show. I believe that I have what it takes. The act of waking up with full make-up on is something I want to do with utter seriousness.”

She broke off from a regimented nine-to five routine to dabble with comedy about five years ago. But Aditi, who has been wisecracking even since she can remember, says the support of her parents and her overprotective brother and her studies in Britain and New Jersey gave her the confidence to do the things she loves.

Aditi was the first Indian comedian to perform at The Laugh Factory in Los Angeles and she has been featured on BBC World and BBC America. On stage, her impeccable comic timing as she plays

Dr. (Mrs.) Lutchuke, a sex therapist, and Dolly Khurana, a Bollywood starlet, is impeccable. She slips into their skin to express her thoughts on different issues. “I can say anything and get away with it. I can even prove myself clinically insane in a court of law and claim that it’s not my fault, the character said it,” she laughs.

She had attended the prestigious BBC 100 women conference in London last year and is looking forward to being there again. On her acts she adds, “When you are doing stand-up, it gives you a greater scope to speak with lesser histrionics.”

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