’I don’t want to hear jokes. You’re a hot chick, sing a song instead.’
’Go make a sandwich. What is a woman doing outside the kitchen?’
Despite such snide sexist remarks, Aditi Mittal remains undeterred as she delivers joke after joke keeping the audience in splits. Rated as one of the Top 10 Stand-Up Comedians by the Times of India, this undaunted 24 year old is at the forefront of the female fun brigade.
Being an actress, voice over artist and Creative Writing professor, stand-up comedy wasn’t really on the cards. When she returned from USA after studying theatre, she went for an ’open mic nite’ and decided to give stand-up comedy a shot, just like that. And since then, there has been no looking back. "I’m really lucky. I wake up in the morning, make people laugh and go to sleep! It’s a fantastic job," she says.
In the past one and a half years, Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru and Pune have had a good bout of her humour. A regular on Jay Hind-India’s first online stand-up show, Aditi has appeared on Phenking News with Cyrus Brocha (CNN-IBN) and Vir Das’s Comedy Special RIPping the Decade. She has done a lot of shows at The Comedy Store and her comedy has also been featured in Amit Virmani’s documentary film Menstrual Man.
Described as ’childlike yet profound’ (India Today - Woman) and ’acerbing and cutting edge’ (Mumbai Mirror), Aditi’s humor gains inspiration from anything and everything, from Osama to fancy sanitary napkins ("science in your chaddis, ladies") to hybrid names parents give their toddlers. Breaking the stereotype, she takes stand-up comedy as a platform to talk about sensitive issues revolving around sex in a casual way. Most of her acts stem from women’s harassment in public places and the weird things women are subjected to. Contrary to people’s beliefs that it must be very tough entering the male bastion of stand-up comedians, Aditi feels that she has a certain edge over the men in the business. Talking about sanitary pads and eve-teasing are subjects that she feels Male comedians cant even relate to and this is where she has the edge.
She further adds that this is so because India as an audience is becoming more receptive, liberal and confident. In recent years, the genre of English stand-up comedy has become widely appreciated. Comedy clubs are on the rise and they have become one of the most likely options for a Saturday night out. The scene is just getting bigger. Her motivation is the waves of laughter during the show and how people get all teary eyed and cry their mascaras out. This kind of audience response is enough to make sure Aditi paints all her shows Yellow.. Mellow with dollops and squeals of laughter.
Jamila Bootwala-from the ACTFAQs desk