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    Sahil Shah is at Just for Laughs, and promises to bring the roof down

    Most actors find comedy the hardest genre to grasp, but for funny-man Sahil Shah, it is his natural state of being. His YouTube performances, as part of the East India Comedy channel, have racked up thousands of views and he’s even performed at The Ghanta Awards 2015 in Dubai. Tonight, he’ll be headlining as the lord of bad puns at Evam Standup Tamasha’s Just For Laughs comedy special.
    The 24-year-old Mumbaikar has done more than 500 performances over the last four years and has travelled around the country and abroad to share his silly, observational and “out-there” brand of humour. But that doesn’t mean it’s the same jokes every time. In fact, Shah insists no two performances of his are the same. “We love tamasha, the British love dry humour and Americans like quick wit. It’s my job to read the audience and tailor performances as necessary,” he explains, recalling how, when in an opening act in Delhi a few years ago (where he picked on people sitting in the front row) got him an ‘aggressive’ response, he had to do some quick fire-fighting.
    And though he says Chennai is “conservative-ish,” Shah hopes to open up the people to more “foreign humour”—where talking about religion, politics and sex isn’t a taboo. “They’re not vulgar topics, they’re your attitudes towards life that shouldn’t be swept under the table. We need to be more open because the more we laugh at ourselves, the more forward and social we’ll be.”    Tonight, from 8 pm , at the High Bar at The Raintree, Anna Salai. Rs 750. Details: 9884429593
    —Sakshi Kaushik

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