Praveen Kumar: I want the entire family to sit and enjoy my comedy shows


Currently, I am working on my next special, which has nothing to do with coronavirus, but my marriage. During the session, the stand-up comedian spoke about his latest show Mr Family Man and the comedy scene in India. © IE Online Media Services Pvt Ltd Because that’s the only thing on their minds right now. Click here to join our channel (@indianexpress) and stay updated with the latest headlines
For all the latest Entertainment News, download Indian Express App. The growth has been great especially the last 2 years as a number of newcomers have paved their way in. When I started off in 2010, I used to incorporate some “naughty jokes” here and there. Q. Q. Having said that, I like Vir Das a lot because he introduced me to the scene. I have also started doing online shows. Everybody is doing that, right? I consider Crazy Mohan as the God of comedy. What motivates you the most? Will this coronavirus pandemic be incorporated into your content in the future? Q. How do you think the Tamil audience has changed over the past 10 years? Q. I got that consciously or unconsciously from Crazy Mohan. Watching other comedians perform pushes me to write new content and jokes. Does a lockdown period evoke creativity? How are you spending your time during the lockdown? I took a conscious decision then to change my brand and for the past five years, my comedy has been completely clean and it will remain that way in the future. But in 2015, I realised that I needed a USP for myself and I also wanted the entire family to sit and watch my show. First of all, the Chennai stand-up scene has evolved like crazy and there are three comedy clubs in the city now. Q. You are known for your clean comedy. At the same time, even when I don’t do well, it motivates me to work harder. Q. So performing in open-mics is one of the best things for a comedian. 📣 The Indian Express is now on Telegram. When I started out, I looked up to Papa CJ and Vir Das so I still have them as my favourite comedians. According to you, who is the best Indian stand-up comedian? If you have seen my special, you will know that I love puns and wordplays. When I do well in open-mics, I get very motivated. You call actor and comedian Crazy Mohan as one of biggest influences. When we sit down to write jokes, it usually doesn’t happen. Written by Antara Chakraborthy
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Updated: May 11, 2020 8:55:30 am

Praveen Kumar’s latest stand-up special, Mr Family Man, is streaming on Amazon Prime Video. For the last 40-45 days, it was very difficult but the challenge is to overcome this and keep writing, perform online and make the most out of this time. I don’t have a favourite because everybody is working hard and everyone’s style is different. If you think they are the same thing, you are probably right. Q. I watch movies and web-series. If you want to be creative, you need to have an empty mind. Especially during lockdown when there are so many things going on, it is very difficult to focus your energy into writing. How and when did you develop that particular brand? Q. Praveen Kumar, who is known to Tamil audiences for his brand of “clean comedy”, recently went LIVE from the Facebook page of The Indian Express.