When only one person attended an open mic show
Indian stand-up comedy is undoubtedly in one of its brightest phases but despite the humongous popularity Shridhar Venkatramana, found himself performing in front of only one person. When the stand-up comic went to 'Cup Shup' in Indiranagar, Bangalore to try his jokes, he did not find an audience. However, not being affected by it, he continued the act and called it an enriching experience.
Just like a conversation, only funnier: Shridhar Venkatraman
Speaking to NewsBytes over the phone, Shridhar said Tuesday's act was like a conversation, only funnier. Talking about the sole audience member, he added, "She was pretty cool about it and said it was similar to a private show, meant only for her." He said, "We just want someone to listen to our jokes."
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Shridhar said performing in front of one person had its own benefits. He said, "In a bunch of people you might not know the reaction of the audience, but here I could tell from her expressions if she liked the joke or not."
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An IIM-B graduate, who works with Star Sports, Shridhar started doing open-mics to relieve stress. Speaking about his journey and a compliment he remembers, Shridhar said once a viewer told him his jokes confirmed he was an IIM alumnus. "She meant my sets have a tinge of smartness to it, so that was an interesting feedback I got," he added.Share this timeline