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How Do I Get More Stage Time?

Updated July 2019 In this post I'm going to explain how aspiring stand up comedians, whether in the USA or ...
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Varun Agarwal | Mistakes Young Entrepreneurs Make

Varun Agarwal is quite a celebrity in Bangalore, the young entrepreneurial startup world (e.g. guys who watch TVF Pitchers and ...
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Ten Mistakes Indian Stand Up Comics Make (2019)

Updated July 2019 Note: If you're not Indian, most of this stuff still applies across comedy scenes in the US, ...
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Indian Fashion Bloggers | How To Get 100K Followers

In this post I'm going to explain some real, painful, not easy advice on how you can actually get followers ...
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Bangalore Traffic | Are We at Fault? (2019)

I've lived in Bangalore for close to 10 years now. When I landed at 3AM I remember driving through an ...
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Best Indian Stand Up Comedy Videos (ENGLISH)

Stand up Comedy in India is Booming in 2019. I started much of the stand-up comedy wave in India and ...
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Stand Up Comedy Videos by Sanjay Manaktala (ENGLISH)

On this page you'll quickly find the latest Stand up comedy videos in English by Bangalore stand-up comedian Sanjay Manaktala ...
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Why You Hate your Tech Job or Want to Quit Engineering

I grew up in what I’m going to assume are similar circumstances to yourself. I enjoyed playing games, hanging out ...
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Please Enjoy Your Own Indian Wedding

As a groom and a stand-up comedian, what a whirlwind weekend having a big fat Indian wedding can be. I've ...
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Best Indian Podcasts 2019

Want to know the top podcasts in India you should be listening to? Podcasts in India are just getting started ...
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How to Get Onsite Opportunities (2019)

Do you want to know how to work onsite or get some overseas assignments? Either with TCS, Infosys, Accenture or ...
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How to Do Stand Up Comedy in India or Anywhere

In this post, I'm going to explain how to have a stand-up comedy career in India or America or Australia ...
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The Indian Mamas Boy Paradox

Can A Mother's Love Cause Harm? The modern Indian man is an interesting specimen. A good portion of us fit ...
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If You Care What People Think…Think Again

As I mature into my thirties, they're two things that I’ll always regret. 1. Not starting stand up comedy earlier ...
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Failure as a Comedian

Updated: Jan 2019 As I write this post it’s 11PM on a Wednesday night.  I’ve just returned home still wearing the suit ...
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Who Enables your Mediocrity?

I was chatting with my brother the other day and telling him how one of the toughest parts of freelancing ...
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New to Comedy? Make Friends to Survive

Stand up comedy is a very interesting art form in that to the casual observer it appears anybody can do ...
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Reasons Why You’re Still Single (Indian Version)

In this post I'm going to explain why you're single and helpless. I'm also going to give you some tips ...
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#SanjayPoetry: MEH

I don’t know what I’m doing It’s time I feel I’m losing   Wake up and read the news Facebook ...
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Nice Guys Finish Last. But What’s the Hurry?

Many years ago I was sitting on the couch with my girlfriend at the time, hearing her yell at me ...
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31 DAYS. NO DRINKS. NO SMOKES. AND NO MEAT. How many of you get really drunk, eat a gigantic meal ...
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I’m so Scared of Looking Creepy that I Won’t Ask You Out

I was at a bar in Goa recently doing what middle-class millennials do when they’re trying to cling on to ...
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Comedian Takes Photo with Mic In Hand

34-year-old Infosys employee Comedian Praveen Rao recently changed his Facebook profile photo to a shot of him holding a microphone, ...
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