Papa CJ is widely recognised as the global face of cutting-edge Indian stand-up comedy and represented the country on Last Comic Standing on NBC in 2008. From the thousands of comedians who took part, he was ranked as one of the top ten acts in the world.
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Papa CJ is an established international comedian with over 800 shows under his belt. He is widely recognised as the global face of cutting-edge Indian stand-up comedy and represented the country on Last Comic Standing on NBC in 2008. From the thousands of comedians who took part, he was ranked as one of the top ten acts in the world.
'Possessing the energy and attitude of an Indian Chris Rock' - Derek O'Brien, Manchester Comedy
He is a New Delhi-born, Sanawar-schooled, Calcutta-bred and Oxford-educated stand-up comedian. He has performed in North America, Africa, Europe and Asia. He has had sold out tours globally that have received rave reviews from the press. A performer with a conscience, Papa CJ founded the charity One Child, which works with underprivileged children in India. This charity is funded by his comedy.
'Caustic observations' - Metro, Edinburgh Fringe
After visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004, he gave up his corporate career and started performing stand-up comedy later that year. He has since performed all over the world. After being a regular on the UK comedy circuit he moved back to New Delhi in early 2008, where he started off the English language stand-up comedy circuit in India. In 2008 he was also a contestant on Last Comic Standing on NBC, where he made it to the final 10.
'It wasn't an earthquake, it was Papa CJ's comedy' - The Times of India
In 2009 he became the first Indian comedian to be invited to perform at the prestigious Just for Laughs festival in Montreal. In 2015 he became the first Indian comedian invited to do a solo show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, where he took his comedy special 'Papa CJ | Naked'. He has performed multiple times at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival. In 2016 he sold out the Soho Theatre in London and got two standing ovations on his Broadway debut in New York when he headlined Caroline’s on Broadway.
'Trademark acerbic humour' - Indian Express
Papa CJ has been employed by clients in multiple roles including performing stand-up comedy live or for TV, as an MC and compere for corporate events, as a host and presenter for high profile award ceremonies, as a warm up act for TV shows, as an auctioneer at charity events and as a performer and host at large weddings and other private functions.
'Reliable crowd-killer' - Time Out
Prior to his stand-up career, Papa CJ completed an MBA from the University of Oxford and worked as a management consultant in London. He has also worked as an executive coach and trained executives from over 50 blue chip companies all over the world.
'Papa CJ's material is fresh and up to the minute with a sly sting in the tail' - Louise Hill, The British Theatre Guide
'An unabashed master of the sideswipe' - The Mirror