Make way for Sahil Shah: EIC’s comedian ready to perform in Hyderabad
As he gears up for his first solo show in Hyderabad, Mumbai-based Sahil shares his journey into the world of comedy.
It is hard not to laugh at Sahil Shah’s exceptional comedy. It gets as silly as it could at times, but he argues that is who he really is. “I am a stupid child who is excited about little things like a kid in a candy store. The point is there are people who enjoy watching my show,” says the Mumbai-based comedian, who will perform at Bhaskara Auditorium, this Sunday.
From being suspected by the cops to be a drug peddler to funny Uber pool experiences, his upcoming tour titled Childish Behaviour, will see him perform solo for the first time. Expect dozens of funny moments from daily encounters in life with nothing to learn but so much to laugh about, says the 26-year-old co-founder of Mumbai-based East India Comedy (EIC), a comedy troupe started in 2012, which now has about eight lakh YouTube subscribers.
Dividing jokes into two categories – generic and personal, he says that the latter is his genre. “Self-deprecation is one of the best forms of humour, but there is a trick. I am not making you laugh at me but at the situation,” says the comedian, who enjoys watching American comedian Pete Holmes perform.
Sahil’s comedy is exceptional also because of his observation skills and hilarious expressions. “There was a time when people laughed because I was silent for long or because I made weird faces. That’s exactly what we love about comedians like Johnny Lever – their expressions,” he says, adding that he likes his jokes to be spontaneous rather than having something scripted.
Time will tell
Having done about 800 shows in India, USA and UK, Sahil thinks it only gets better with time – be it experience or learning. “I think I realised that it’s best to be natural on stage than to force an identity. I am the same on stage and off,” shares Sahil. There’s finally a sense of relief for the funnyman, as the amount of free advice about his job pouring in has decreased, thanks to the growing recognition of stand-up comedy in India. “My parents now get threat calls to never let me do anything else,” jokes Sahil.
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