BENGALURU:When Appurv Gupta took to engineering, he realised it was not his cup of tea. It was making people laugh that made him happy and so, as soon as he graduted from his engineering course, he took to stand up comedy.
In 2015, Appurv was listed among 100 celebrity nominees list by Forbes India. His act, “Appurview - Laugh with an Engineer” which describes life from the point-of-view of an engineer made him one of the most popular comedians in the country.
City Express caught up with the comedian, who will be performing the second edition of this act “Laugh with an Engineer 2.0” at Vapour Pub & Brewery on June 11, 1pm.
What is the funniest part of being an engineer?
Only after the completion of the course, you realise what you want to do with your life. Thanks to engineering, I am not a stand up comedian.
Do you have a Silicon Valley joke that you would like to share?
If I knew about Silicon Valley that much, I would be working there.
What happens when they don’t laugh?
That’s also a part of this business. When that happens, I try to change the topic or talk to people and after the show I’ll always introspect what went wrong.
How easy or difficult is it to make it as a comedian in India today?
I think any day, becoming comedian in India is neither easy nor tough. It depends on whether you are original in your thoughts and saying what you want to say.
What do you think about the nationalist v/s anti-national debate?
I think it’s an online war and nobody cares. Since people have free time and easy access to the internet, they are going crazy in this war. If this had to happen outside the virtual world, then no one would have the time, nor would they have the courage to fight on this topic.
What should people expect from your show in Bengaluru?
Laugh with an Engineer 2.0 is all about daily life, but from the point of an engineer. I will make sure that they will laugh with an engineer.
Weirdest or craziest fan interaction?
There are many, but once I was doing a show and I got a slip from a fan saying that I should do one particular joke in between my shows. I have seen “requests” being offered to artists in music shows, but this was the first time I have seen a “request” in a stand up show.
Favourite comedian -- Indian and International?
Vir Das and George Carlin