EP77 – Aditi Mittal – India’s first professional female comedian.

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EP77 – Aditi Mittal – India’s first professional female comedian.



Total run time: 1 hour 18 mins 59 secs.

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About Aditi Mittal…

Aditi Mittal (@awryaditi) is an Indian stand-up comedian, actress and writer and one of the first women to do stand-up comedy in India, Aditi has been rated amongst India’s top 10 stand-up comedians by The Times of India.

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Here’s a list of questions we covered…

Stand up comedy…


  • First comedians in Indian. Is there still very few women in India? [0 mins 0 secs]
  • How does it compare in now vs when you started? [5 mins 50 secs]
  • The history of the comedy scene in India. [6 mins 50 secs]
  • Is stand up a boys club in Indian? Is there misogyny in the audiences / from other acts? [22 mins]
  • Being booked as the “token woman” on a bill. [36 mins]
  • The work she gains and loses by being a woman. [36 mins 30 secs]
  • What she got from being on BBC Asian Network Aisan Netowrk. [38 mins 16 secs]
  • How many clubs are there in India? [48 mins]
  • How having an agent has impacted her career? [1 hour]


The history of stand up in India…

  • Why did English stand up come over? [9 mins 20 secs]
  • The role class plays in being a performer in India. [11 mins]
  • With so few performers, how strong is the sense of community on the professional Indian scene? [12 mins 49 secs]
  • How does tailoring your jokes city by city or in different languages work? [14 mins 25 secs]
  • What’s the gender split on the circuit? [15 mins 28 secs]

Social media…


  • How have you found building an audience on social media? [ 19 mins]
  • Moving from online to offline and the problems that has proven. [20 mins]
  • How did she build an audience? [50 mins]

Other questions…


  • What are the best books on comedy, writing, stand up etc you’ve read? [1 hour 8 mins]
  •  Born Standing up – Steve Martin
  • What’s the biggest mistake you’ve ever made and how did you get over it? [1 hour 8 mins]
  • What are the common misconceptions people have about what you do? [1 hour 8 mins]
  • Best bit of advice you’ve ever been given? [ 1 hour 12  mins]
  • Best bit of advice you would give a comedian who wants to make a career in comedy? [ 1 hour 12  mins]



Simon Caine is a comedian, author, podcaster, writer and social media manager. He's the host of the Ask The Industry Podcast (iTunes link) , writer of jokes for Twitter and teller of gags on the London comedy scene. He's also the person writing this and it is taking all his willpower not to make a "Simon Says" joke.
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