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Pre-Pajama Briefing #2: Five Questions with Sapan Verma

In which Sapan Verma saves the producers of The Lunchbox a lot of money.

8 Jan, 2014

Neha Mathews

Staff Writer

In the run up the The Weirdass Pajama, the next comedian (Sorabh Pant was the first) to go through our mandatory briefing session is the young and fresh-faced Sapan Verma. On a regular day, you can find Sapan at the Canvas Laugh Factory or The Comedy Store events that he lends his quick wit to, keeping it real with his East India Comedy crew, making memes of Arvind Kejriwal, or moonlighting as a freelance (read unemployed) comedy writer.

We asked Sapan a few innocuous pre-Pajama questions, and here’s what he had to say.

NH7: How many comedians does it take to make a really weird looking pajama?
Sapan Verma: 69 comedians and one tailor. 69 comedians to procrastinate and crack jokes about them being 69, and one tailor to actually do the job. (Can we also get 69 other comedians to go on stage and do our thing, please?)

If you were Miss Universe, how would you change the world?
I would change the world by donating all the money to charity and promoting world peace. Oh wait, this is a mock question. I WOULD BLOW UP ALL THE MONEY ON FOOD, PARTIES AND VIDEO GAMES. Also, genuine question – WHICH MISS UNIVERSE HAS EVER CHANGED THE WORLD? Is Arvind Kejriwal secretly ex-Miss Universe?

Here’s Sapan on How I Met Your Mother.

How much do you rely on being funny as opposed to relying on your audiences being stupid?
ARE YOU INSULTING MY TALENT? NO REALLY, ARE YOU? ARE YOU ALSO INSULTING THE AUDIENCE BY CALLING THEM STUPID? ARE YOU RACIST, COMMUNIST, SEXIST, LEFTIST, BUDDHIST, SOCIAL MEDIA STRATEGIST… wait one second, what was the question again? (As you can see I rely on me being stupid.)

If you had to front a comedy rock band, what would you name it?
Rock & Rofl. Or, Haassya Dhamaka Sammelan. (We’re booked till 2017 for a world tour. In Lonavala.)

Tell us about one Bollywood movie you wish you had the lead role in and why?
The Lunchbox, so that on day one itself I’d tell my dabbawala, “Bro, you’re fucking around with my dabba,” and solve the whole issue right there. Then it would be just a short film and it would save the producers a lot of money. Also, Dhoom 3, so that for a change somebody would ask them, “Dude, where’s the script?” Plus I’d get to ride that superbike with Optimus Prime genes that can transform into a jetski, a flying machine and a giant middle finger to logic.

Sapan will be performing in the ‘CNN by East India Company’ show on 11th at Irish House, Colaba; a stand-up act at Amigos, Andheri and in the Weirdass Pajama Gong Show at the same venue. Check out details for those and other Weirdass Pajama shows over here

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