The Ourtunez Backstage Pass is a series where we introduce an independent artist from Ourtunez. This week, we talked to Krish Mohan, our very first stand-up comedian. Listen to his jokes on Ourtunez.com. It takes a lot of balls to go on stage in front of people and do any sort of performance, especially stand-up comedy. Krish Mohan, 25 year-old comic, has been doing it for close to a decade. His first performance came at a young age, in high school.
“I got into Comedy completely by accident, really. I was 16 and my high school had a talent show and few of my friends, who were in bands, told me I should put in for it. I shrugged it off, but I went home and wrote about 8 bits mostly circling around my family and stuff about high school classes. But the catch was I couldn’t win anything, because there as no one to compare me to, so I’d co-host and do three 5-minute sets. Everything went over great and my last 5 minute set was just me doing the Indian accent and imitating my mother.”
Krish showed early signs of on-stage poise, despite being an immigrant in the United States at 8 years old. Some of his topics include poking fun at himself and his Indian heritage at times, but he keeps it clean. One of his biggest influences was superstar comic Russell Peters. “From him I learned how to pepper in my cultural identity into my material without beating people over the head that I’m an Indian.”
Comedy has it’s dark side, unfortunately. Last month we lost comic legend Robin Williams, a loss felt by all who ever laughed at his jokes or during his films. Comedians everywhere have paid tribute to Robin Williams including Krish. “Robin Williams was a firecracker! I was immediately captivated by his energy on stage and realized I had to really believe in the things I say with energy and confidence.” Krish has lost someone close to him to suicide, someone he thought of as a little brother. His message for those suffering under depression is to not be afraid to seek help from others. “I think if you are having those types of thoughts you should talk to someone about it. You’d be surprised how many people care for you and will do what they can to help you.”
Back to the comedy! Krish Mohan has been performing across the United States for some time. He will be headlining the KaPow! Comedy Show at the Hildebrandt Art Gallery on September 26th in Cleveland. He will also be in the DC area during the second week of October. “I’m going to be headlining the Comedy on the Half Shell at the Main St. Oyster Bar in Bel Air MD on October 8th at 9pm. And I’ll be featuring at the Star City Comedy Club in Roanaoke, VA on October 11 at 8pm. I always hang out after shows to chat with people so please feel free to come by and say hello.”
Krish’s stand-up special, “Segways, Race, & Love” is available on Ourtunez. This hour long album is rich in humor. Topics include getting kicked out of a Victoria’s Secret in high school, traffic in India, Wanda Sykes’ dildo, and other hilarious jokes. Apart from being a stand-up comic, Krish writes for his website ramannoodlescomedy.com and is a graphic designer with his own business. He is also the writer and creator of Fork Full of Noodles, a weekly Satire Web series that focuses on one cultural & political issue each week. Listen to Krish Mohan on the Comedy Station on Ourtunez!
-Nino Munaco (firstname.lastname@example.org)