One of India’s most successful stand-up comedians is set to tickle some ribs in Doha as Atul Khatri comes to town. A former businessman, Khatri got into comedy late in life, just so he could tick it off his bucket list. Initially, he wanted to become a bartender, and then later a disc jockey. Neither of those pursuits panned out so he started posting jokes on his Facebook account and that led to his massive career change.
And now the 49-year-old, a former winner of CEO’s Got Talent in his native India, is taking the stage at the Radisson Blu Hotel on December 18.
With more than 400 comedy shows in the bag, a few TV ads and several YouTube videos, the buzz about Khatri is gathering pace. And after five years with the East India Comedy Company, he’s decided to go it alone, bringing his own brand of observational humour to the world stage, including the Qatari capital.
Expect plenty of anecdotes about all aspects of life, including shopping trips with the mother-in-law and being called a horrible husband by his long-suffering wife (she’s fine with it, by the way, as long as the money keeps rolling in).
While he blames smartphones for short attention spans (including his own), he also credits them for selling out his shows, which see him take digs at everything from pop culture to all things political. So if Santa Claus and shiny ornaments have been in your face a bit too much, break away from the festivities and gather for a night of belly laughs.
QR100 (silver), QR200 (gold), QR300 (platinum). December 18, 8pm-10pm. Minimum age 16 for entry. Al Giwana, Radisson Blu Hotel Doha (4428 1555).