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A few weeks ago, I sat down with The Corner Comedy Club’s first signing, the young maestro Nitish Sakhuja, to discuss everything that makes him the comedian he is now and what he looks forward to.
This interview was recorded live at The Corner.
I started smoking weed long before I started comedy. I pretty much started in Grade 8.
I dropped out of a double degree at the University of Waterloo. The goal was to be an accountant and open up my own firm with my brother. Things change, you know?
ON HIS PHILOSOPHY
Find people with the same passion as you and roll with them.
I chose comedy because it’s about laughter.
It's fucking around when the world is on fire.
It's our own little safety net.
ON HIS BEGINNING
I was the office clown at a bank call centre, everybody told me to give standup a try so I followed my calling. I watched comedy showcases and galas on Comedy Central and wanted to do that.
ON DECIDING TO BE A COMEDIAN
When I made the decision to be a comedian, I dove right in. Doing multiple sets a week in the beginning. I wanted it.
Made the trek and came down to Toronto daily.
I got an old car, from my uncle. It broke down multiple times.
I saved up from work and bought a $1000 Cavalier, got in a minor accident, got insurance money, used that as first and last and moved downtown Toronto with two other comedians.
ON BEING FROM TORONTO
The city influences every comic that is in it.
It’s that Toronto hip-hop vibe that had an influence on me. I want to be as Kanye as possible wherever I go.
I am Indian, I am Canadian, more Toronto, more specifically I rep The Corner everywhere I go.
ON HIS STYLE
I started off with the stereotype jokes, but soon realized I wanted to be able to make fun of a chair - that’s the sign of a true comedian - being able to make fun of anything.
You want to be able to tell jokes the same way you wrote it. Anybody can write a good joke, it’s about delivering - my mom can write a joke if she wanted.
It’s about confidence. Confidence over anything.
ON THE MOMENT EVERYTHING CHANGED
I used to go to a stage called Vape on the Lake. That’s where I got the most stage time, and I credit my best friend for putting me on and giving me regular 10 minutes on Monday nights at his show. I remember just discovering the room and watching him do a brand new half hour off the top of every show and I was inspired.
Rumours began that he was moving to England and I asked if I could take over the show, but he told me no because I was sticking to my act too much and he hated that. He advised I write a new 10 minutes each week. For 6 months I came in and did a brand new 10 minutes (it bombed sometimes and killed sometimes). That helped me find my voice. That was the moment.
ON HIS GOALS WITH THE CORNER
I started off my career with short term goals, but things have changed. In 5 years, I just want to be funnier than I am right now - that’s my goal.
Signing with The Corner was a decision that Joe and I talked about. He just wants to give comics a platform to be the best comedians they can be. I want this brand to be an international brand so everyone can benefit from it.
The Corner changed comedy for me because its purely a NY-style club, it’s like the Cellar. Its brought something that’s not anywhere else in Canada. Its grown its own fanbase as well, people know what we do here - we are raw, uncensored, gritty. They know what kind of comics are on.
It’s not a 30 audience show in a 100 seater room, its a 30 seater room for 30 people only and that’s it.