Life in the Comedic Lane

HOUSTON, May 8, 2014 — “The great disease used to be Hepatitis. With today’s technology, it’s now App-ititis.”

Comedian and Masala Radio host Sunil Thakkar took to the stage at Thursday night’s Leo Bar to entertain a diverse and energetic crowd. Spinning jokes about thrifty shopping (“H is for Harwin, not Hermès”), Hindi slang, and Bollywood dancing, Thakkar provided comical insight on what it means to be Indian in Houston.

He later sat down with KHOU newscaster Lily Jang to talk about his career and aspirations, his love for dancing and being “in the moment,” and how he learned to grow out of his shy and awkward shell.

“Growing up in Bombay, I stammered a lot, was very shy, didn’t have many friends, and I lived in a sort of cocoon. When I came to the U.S., I was still nervous, but I found that there was a new world and many opportunities.”

Thakkar originally came to the United States to study engineering at the University of Houston, but quickly found that his love and talent was for comedy and entertaining. When asked what advice he would give aspiring professionals trying to fulfill their dreams, he simply replied, “Believe in yourself, don’t try to fit in, and be confident.”

Tasty treats were enjoyed by guests, compliments of Rishi Singh of Boheme Cafe and Wine Bar. Music was provided by DJ Scoop.


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