How to become a professional comedian? What’s the toughest thing about being a comedian nowadays? What to joke about on stage? Get your answers in this #MonsterArtist Development episode with Amish Patel – stand up comedy artist from Fade to Brown – as he is openly sharing his tips of being a comedian. Oh, and his hilarious jokes about kids and dating make this episode even more priceless!
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ABOUT AMISH PATEL
Amish Patel’s life began as a classic fish out of two waters tale. From a young age he gained perspectives on both Indian and Canadian cultures and learned to deal with discrimination and xenophobia through humour. Amish loved comedy from day one but he still obtained an Aerospace Engineering degree. After literally becoming a rocket scientist, Amish recently booked a leading role on a kids’ comedy show with the Emmy-Award winning Sinking Ship, which will premiere this year on TVO, Amazon and Nickelodeon. He has also appeared on Saving Hope, Man Seeking Woman, and Odd Squad. As a stand up he recently opened for Saturday Night Live alumni Tim Meadows, and Iliza Schlesinger. His original sketch comedy show Melting Pot is currently being developed for Kevin Hart’s LOL Network. And, Amish knows how airplanes work. Did we cover that? Great!
Born in 2011, MonstrARTity Creative Community is a not-for-profit organization, based in Mississauga and committed to providing entertainment for the young and old alike. In the spirit of giving back to the community, MonstrARTity produces the #MonsterArtist Development program to help develop the professional and artistic careers of local and international artists. Other exciting projects of MonstrARTity Creative community are:
– #BollywoodMonster Mashup – the LARGEST South Asian festival in Canada: http://www.bollywoodmonstermashup.com
– #MonsterWorld Mashup – Brampton’s only World Music festival: http://www.monsterworldmashup.com/
– #MonsterArts for Youth – South Asian arts workshops for schools: http://www.monsterartsforyouth.com
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What’s up, everybody? This is Amish Patel
and you’re watching MAD.
Okay? Monster Artist Development (MAD)
I’m saying it like it’s the emotion,
like “mad” but it’s actually an acronym for
developing artist you could say it’s the opposite of being mad.
It’s very joyful
We’re here at the Bollywood Monster Mashup Festival, Celebration Square celebrations, where it’s
packed it’s hot it’s gorgeous and I’m so proud to
be part of it. One of the things you find out as a
comic is that everyone’s got five minutes when you
can get to 10, 20, 30, that’s the sign of a pro you
know what I’m saying. It’s almost less about
how good your five minutes is a lot of times
you’ll do a show with a pro, a new person with
a pro if everyone does 5-10 minutes you might not
be able tell the difference the pro almost a big
part of their thing comes in when they can do that
sustain it 20 minutes, 30 minutes if I got to do 45
minutes even now I sweat, I got to think about it
I gotta like talk to people about
it I gotta write down my set. I think the toughest
thing is we live in this culture that’s that wants
you to be good at things from day one and when I
started I was not very good you know there was a
little bit of budding talent there but it’s been a
good five-six years and MonsterARTity has given
me the ability to make those mistakes without
saying like, “you’re done get out of here”.
It’s always been kind of taken in that attitude
of artists development and we’re seeing it pay off!
My mom cries for kids, my mom is like,
“Amish, I have nothing, because you won’t have kids
I have nothing!” This is what she says, she’s like
“the Patel family name will die!”
Patel… there’s a billion Patel’s how many do we… guys we’re doing great our numbers are strong let’s give some white people
a chance you know?
You know how hard it is to have kids with your parents harassing you all the time?
They are not even having kids! This is how
she explained to me she’s like look mommy down
at the top okay we get married three kids you
guys get married more kids they’ll get married
even more kids – and I was like mom this whole
life is a pyramid scheme it’s a PONZI SCHEME!
I think the name of my first special is
going to be the meaning of life and it
will stem from all these issues of my parents
I said this on stage they’re obsessed with me
having kids and they don’t even know we’re
doing here it’s it’s very interesting like
we all have this instinct to be alive and
to keep going through it but we don’t even
know. It’s almost like tag go you
have to do it. That’s kind of what my comedy
is becoming about is meaning of life and then
just like falling in love a lot of dating stuff
(groans) I’m going bald
let’s talk about myself now, yeah going bald it’s
rough this is what it’s good now I don’t care
but for a while (applause) thank you THANK YOU okay okay yeah
for a while though I had to keep the hair
cuz I was acting on this kids TV show so that I couldn’t
shave it I started and then they’re like you can’t
shave it so it’s getting thin and it’s getting to
the point where you can just see right through it
so it’s [ __ ] right but this is how a nice girls
are I went home with this girl I was wearing a hat
I went home with her and I took the hat off and
it was like that thin hair and she’s like,
like she did that, she’s like “ew” right
but this how good she saved it. I took it off, she’s like
and then she said, “I like your shoulders”
I’m a father of three on television. The first thing people ask me is
am I doing voiceovers?
no no, it’s me live-action, sitcom it was a
dream what a great show to work on.
I got good kid bits. I call them kid bits.
Like, I’ll pretend to get mad at a kid and I’ll
just be like, “Hey! watch it!” and they just love that.
It’s just a little kid bit just
get mad at them over nothing you just get mad at
them and they love to play this and then they get
defined and it’s like a fun little game this is a
funny story actually I told my mom I was like hey
they applied for me to get an Emmy for the show
And she’s like, “Emmy? What is that? Like, do they pay you for that? You’re gonna get money out of this Emmy?
And then I had to explain to her that like,
“no you actually have to pay $400 to go and you
gotta fly their hotel suit super expensive it’s
probably gonna if I get the nomination I go it’s
probably like five thousand dollars and she’s like
you know what just don’t tell me about this [ __ ]
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