Lets Meet AADAR MALIK- The Country’s First and Only Stand Up Musician

The stage, the camera and the mic have been familiar territory for Aadar Malik from an early age of seven. And today, as he is one shy from thirty, he has accomplished more than most performing artistes could ever imagine in their entire career.

Actor, musician, singer and stand-up comedian, Aadar is a one man army who thinks of the stage as his second home. One of the country’s most sought after stand-up comedians; he has performed in multiple cities in front of packed audiences of all age groups curating his content that has them in splits. His satirical song about his pet goat won the bronze medal at the Worldwide Comedy Short Film Festival in London.

Besides his solo performances, he is also a part of the comedy ensemble SnG Comedy that have together performed enumerable improvisational comedy and stand-up comedy shows. They are a regular at The Comedy Story, Laugh Factory in Mumbai.

One of the country’s most popular YouTuber, Aadar’s original comedy ranges from music/ parodies, satirical sketch comedy to live stand-up comedy videos. With over a million views on most of his digital content, his fan base ranges from teenagers to grannies – something that Aadar didn’t expect. Little did he know, everyone loves to laugh and he has his way of hitting the right chord with every age bracket!

A trained singer from Trinity College, London, Aadar also plays the guitar and the piano with equal finesse. And this year, Aadar brings all forms on talent on a single platform is a one man musical comedy show, The Sound of Comedy will showcase him singing live (lyrics that are comic in nature), playing the grand piano (yes you read that right) amongst other musical instruments and will entertain the audience like never before. This is the first of its kind show in India. Stand up – The Musical is also a part of Amazon Prime’s Comedy Special from India!

Here are some questions he answered exclusively for Ikreate, read along

Ikreate: First of all please tell us about Stand Up Musical as a concept

Aadar: It’s the first time someone has tried to blend music and comedy to this degree. It’s my songs, they are stupid songs with foolish lyrics, tedha hai par mera hai. Musical standup comedy is an extremely new concept here and I’m trying my best to make the audience ease into the fact that this can exist. Full fledged songs that are not parodies can be funny, and be musically impressive.

 

Ikreate: You are a trained singer, then how come you started performing stand up comedy

Aadar: I trained at music for a very long time. But I had severe stage fright, I took and acting class to get over it and realized I’m better at this. I was playing a standup comedian in a play and that character has since been in development. He is tweaked and changed after every show and every video. I may never be satisfied with him. I have finally become and Indian parent.

 

Ikreate: Tell us something about your struggle days

Aadar: Yes last week was particularly tough. It’s still a struggle. No magic has happened. We do not live in mansions and bathe in gold. I’m very thankful that when my parents are asked what their son does for a living, they don’t have to explain the origin of standup comedy to neighbors.

 

Ikreate: Whats your inspiration, how do you prepare yourself before a show

Aadar: This might just be the worst show I will perform, but its ok. No! thats a lie, I can’t afford the worst show ever, it’ll destroy years of work. So you better make it good. That’s enough to psyche the hell out of anyone.

 

Ikreate: How much of your show is a preparation, and how much is spontaneous.

Aadar: I like to write every word perfectly and then improvise on stage. But then there are the days when you just go, why not and walk on stage with just an idea. It changes from show to show. Now I do complete shows that are improvised.

 

Ikreate: Have you faced criticism, how have you dealt with it.

Aadar: Yes. I wake up to YouTube comments of “kill yourself!” I take solace in the fact that a critic is just a sorry human being who never really put himself on the line. There are people whose opinion I respect and I will listen carefully to them. Other than that any person who’s seen 7 standup comedy videos online thinks he/she is a connoisseur of comedy. Those are the worst. These are people who will try to look down upon a fart joke. To quote Louis c.k., “You don’t have to be smart to laugh at farts, but you have to be stupid not to.”

 

Ikreate: Tell us something about your family, did they approve of your choices

Aadar: They didn’t know what I was doing until they saw me on stage. My father still doesn’t. His opinion is, if the audience is liking, it you’ll be alright. My mom is like a real Indian mom, my son is doing good whatever it is.

 

Ikreate: Who is your biggest critic and your biggest support system

Aadar: My family is both. Anyone else can take a hike.

 

Ikreate: Where do you see yourself 5 years from now

Aadar: If I do my job right? Jail.

 

Ikreate: Whats been your most memorable show

Aadar: The first time I managed to get an applause break. I’d had plenty of those while performing plays, but this one was all mine. Written by me, performed by me. It was an open mic at a tiny restaurant. And another comedian won. But I went back home with a career. I really don’t know what happened to the other comic. He had a lot of friends in the crowd that night maybe he still entertains them at the office water cooler.

 

Ikreate: Share an embarrassing moment from any of your shows

Aadar: I have honestly never been embarrassed at a show. Ever. I honestly leave shame backstage when I go up. Once a guy called me ISIS at a show because I made some inter-caste jokes. That’s when a comic of one religion makes jokes about all religions. He was the embarrassed party that night. His fiancée broke up with him that night. More power to her.

 

Ikreate: Whats a message you would want to share with the aspiring artists

Aadar: Stop reading inspiring messages and go practice.

 

Ikreate: Success doesn’t come without failure, so can you share one of your failure stories with us

Aadar: Performing for a bunch of drunk corporates where they broke up my 30 min set into 3 parts and had Russian dancers in between my bits. It was so bad that the Russian dancers who didn’t know English were consoling me by the end of the gig. I got two of their phone numbers. But it was in Russian.

 

Some Rapid Fire

Ikreate: Your favourite singer

Aadar: Adele.

Ikreate: Your favourite stand up artist

Aadar: Let’s not.

Ikreate: Who do you consider your idol

Aadar: My dog.

Ikreate: Your relationship status

She called me Bhaiyya.

Ikreate: Your favoutrite food

Aadar: Ice cream.

Ikreate: When you are not performing, you are…?

Aadar: Netflix and chill.

Ikreate: Your favourite holiday spot

Aadar: Bed.

Ikreate: Whats the worst thing you have ever put in your mouth

Aadar: Cricket.

Ikreate: You like to eat…

Aadar: Alot.

Ikreate: Beaches or hills, whats your favourite

Aadar: Beach.

And here are some of his acts for you to enjoy!

Thanks Aadar for taking time out and having a great conversation with us, wishing you all the luck for your future endeavours!

 

Black Dog Easy Evenings with Sorabh Pant

Black Dog Sparkling Water from the house of Diageo, recently organized a fun-filled evening, what they fondly call as Black Dog Easy Evenings. As part of these easy evenings, Black Dog gets in different artists for performance across bars and restaurants and let people enjoy an evening filled with loads of fun and excitement. This time it was the Black Dog Easy Evenings with Sorabh Pant, a household name in the field of stand up comedy at a well-known & popular restrobar called Raasta in Hauz Khas Village.

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The evening was truly funfilled from start to finish. From the moment Sorabh Pant climbed on the stage to the time he finally ended the show, it was like watching a live wire all through. I cannot simply explain this man and his talent in words; you have to watch him to believe the energy he has. His jokes were apt as per the audience, they were topical yet very spontaneous. I mean seriously his quick fit is truly commendable. His interaction with people and coming with crazy one-liners was something to watch out for. The whole atmosphere was filled with noises of laughter, whistles, cheering sounds and applauses as this man went on continuously for two hours cracking people up with his jokes and impromptu reactions.

Sorabh Pant brought down the house at Black Dog ‘Easy Evenings’ (2)

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And the moments become more fun when you are sipping Black Dog whisky, which is so smooth and relishing some amazing food at Raasta.
I tried the Chicken Quesadillas and Herb Fried Fish Fingers. The chicken filling of the quesadillas was very good and the fish was crisp from the outside and tender inside. I loved both the dishes.

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“I keep coming back to Delhi, thanks to the great vibes and the enthusiasm of the audience. In a city like this, it’s super easy to get caught up in a frenzied, hectic lifestyle and it makes me feel good to be able to give them that much-needed break. I’m glad I can give the people of Delhi a good laugh and help them unwind a little. With ‘Easy Evenings’ by Black Dog Sparkling Water, I am all geared up to show the people of Delhi how humour is the best way to unwind and enjoy a relaxed evening,” said, Sorabh Pant.

“We are delighted to give the audience in Delhi an opportunity to unwind and relax, with the finest of India’s comedic talent, Sorabh Pant. We want people to take a pause from their hectic schedules, relax and just savour these moments. Easy Evenings by Black Dog Sparkling Water is all about getting people to have a good laugh and relax. A great way to de-stress and unwind on a week day with some great comedy,” said, Nitesh Chhapru, Head of Marketing, Luxury & Premium Core Portfolio, United Spirits. 


About Black Dog Sparkling Water – Easy Evenings


Black Dog Sparkling Water with its strong legacy has understood over time that achievers in their busy life deserve a pause from their daily schedule. Black Dog Sparkling Water – Easy Evenings has been presenting these go- getters with moments to relax and unwind with comedy, music and food galore. Easy Evenings is not only a platform to unwind and witness a spectacle by various artists but also for one to enjoy and let the world wait. Performances at Easy Evenings range from stand –up comedy, jazz nights, improv and food pairing sessions. So come, sit back and enjoy an experience of class and finesse.


About Sorabh Pant


Sorabh Pant is one of India’s most prolific comedians. He has done over 1200 shows in 75 cities across 14 countries. He’s also the founder of East India Comedy and the author of the almost-bestselling novel Under Delhi.


 After the show, I personally interacted with Sorabh and asked him how he started all this and what made him choose stand up comedy as his career.
See here what he had to say about it..

The evening ended with a silly selfie and all I can say is that it was truly an enjoyable evening and I will definitely keep a watch on next Black Dog Easy Evenings and create more memorable moments.

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Teesri Panchayat-Redefining the concept of partying on weekends with Myolo

As we are all aware after the hard grind at work during the week we all look forward to the weekend.To meet our friends and party away.
What generally ensues is long conversations between friends to choose a venue which is suitable to all and more so it has to pocket friendly too. Generally speaking all these pubs bars and restaurants today are frightfully expensive. So to find a decent place with reasonable prices is quite a task. Now here is where Myolo comes in with a refreshing concept of House Party.
Members are sent invites through social media and networking for the party which is held in a house.

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The entry fee is 300/Rs for which a pint of beer is free.
For every subsequent beer you take it costs you Rs 99/.
They also have a sort of quiz at the bar and if you get the answers right the pint will cost you Rs 50/
They have a game called beer pong for which you can register and play.
The winner is entitled to free beer all through the evening.
The atmosphere is downright casual with some lounge sofas thrown in.
You don’t have to worry about dressing up just the shorts tees and comfy footwear will do.
What I mean is anything will do.
You get the chance to mingle and make new friends.
Now when we go to any restaurant pub or a bar there is no entertainment value available apart from large screen TVs.
Here is where Myolo scores big.
They have an evening spread out with great entertainment value. This as they fondly called was the Teesri Panchayat, the third evening in a live performance series events. The next Saturday will be the Grand Finale between those who have performed in the last three weeks.
You have a stand up comedy act and the one I attended was superbly done by Amar a stand up comedian.The act was specifically youth oriented and enjoyable.

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Then they have an open slot for a five minute performance by budding artists.
This time it was another stand up comedy act by a young and upcoming artist Rishabh, which was commendable.

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Then came the slot for some Sher-O-Shayari.
This was presented by Honeish Batra and I was quite impressed with the young fellow who had incorporated lot of modern day content into his Shayari.

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Last but not the least there was a live musical performance by Prabhjot and he sang some awesome English songs, melodious and foot tapping too.

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Lovely performances.
All this while you are lounging on the sofa a bottle of chilled beer in your hands with some chips and peanuts provided on the house.
Really a nice way to party with no hang ups .Just the cool casual atmosphere with friends all around.
For the young its the  ideal way to spend your weekend with friends without hurting your pocket with entertainment galore.

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About Myolo: Myolo headquarters otherwise houses an office of young team members who are working on a revolutionary dating app. They also hold some specific dating events and are coming up in a big way.

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