Taking it all in a stride, right to the next joke is Pooja Vijay. This original female comedian turned her struggles in a new city into tummy splitting laughs. Pooja just can’t stop her masala stories that she picks out from her daily life – from being a South Indian in Delhi to being a female engineer to having studied abroad. Her humour and wit has her now hosting her own comedy nights at a restaurant in Delhi.
This self-proclaimed, terrible planner had never planned to be a comedian; she had just done a couple of “trial and tribulation” open mics in Bangalore but after shifting to Delhi she had to deal with the terrible illness of homesickness and cured it with the best drug she knew: comedy. Now she has made this powerful drug as a constant source of spreading happiness and laughs. In a world with a terrible ratio of male –female comics (as bad as an engineering college), this original gives her audience a refreshing beat on the female takes on relationships and other “life-situations”. Most of which we hardly get to hear. Take Pyar ka Panchnama, for example.
In a world with a terrible ratio of male –female comics (as bad as an engineering college), this original gives her audience a refreshing beat on the female take on relationships and other “life-situations”.
The ability to laugh at one’s self is what gives one an edge over the other, in this case supremely unaffected about her stammer, Pooja just laughs off her “speech impediment” saying, “The audience is mostly supportive, especially because it may be rude to be mean to a comic with a speech impediment!”. Pooja doesn’t need support for her jokes, because the practise she puts in cracks her audience up every single time!
Though she recalls that one horrifying moment when no one had laughed and she absolutely froze up which caused her to walk off the stage. Learning from her experience, she advises aspiring comedians who are tightening their pants for an open mic to never stop. She says, “You may bomb a million times, but if you really enjoy being on stage, being creative and trying to make other people laugh, just keep at it. Most of the famous comedians took years to be appreciated and reach where they are today!”
She expresses that being a comedian takes a lot of dedication, hard work and tremendously thick skin. “And even when your BEST joke flops on your face, you have to take the failure in your stride and move on and attend the next mic.”, says Pooja
You may bomb a million times, but if you really enjoy being on stage, being creative and trying to make other people laugh, just keep at it. Most of the famous comedians took years to be appreciated and reach where they are today!”
Keeping it original this free spirited comedian wants to get greedy with her comic cake and eat it all day long, but she feels that she is just isn’t ready to be a full time stand-up comedian just yet. This superwoman enjoys her day work as an energy policy analyst. She gets off work at 8 pm then goes for a show at 9 and gets home exhausted at 11 after a long hectic day.
Just like the rest of us, Pooja too has her own moments of comic relief with her favourites like Noel Fielding and Julian Barratt, and shows by Kenny Sebastian and Mani Prasad. Pooja with her flair and flourish has even managed to perform with Rajneesh Kapoor, Vasu Primlani and Maheep Singh in Delhi!
Pooja urges women comic to light their comic skirts on fire and take a chance. “The comic stage always gets a refreshing and new take on things when women enter comedy, and when things are approached from an angle that they haven’t been in the past.”, says Pooja.
So, ladies, do you hear her?
Pooja Vijay is breaking that glass ceiling one joke at a time. Are you going to be bold and break through the regularity too? Take a chance on your flair? And what is the worst that could possibly happen? Monday would leave you broken but come Friday you will be burning to let that passion out. Be brave, take a chance, it’s your time. Do. It. Now.