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The comedian on being a father, making his son laugh and all the pitfalls that come with it

Sorabh Pant is on a play date with his son, Vikramaditya, when I call him. “For some reason, it’s turning out to be a flop show, and I don’t know why,” he exclaims. “I first took him to a play centre for kids, which was closed. Then I took him to a park nearby, which was closed too. Now, just as we are about to enter another park, it starts raining. The kid is not happy and is giving me this ‘what the f**k are you doing’ look,” he chuckles. It’s incidents like these that makes fatherhood challenging yet memorable, and what makes up the content for Pant’s new show, My Baby Thinks I Am Funny, which he is bringing to town this weekend.
In fact, Pant says his experiences with Vikramaditya—from conception and delivery to growing up—can become a book of its own. The 34-year-old, who regaled us at Starbucks last month, says, “For the past 25 months, I’ve written more than 100 pages of content. I’ll keep updating it as he grows and I’ll also put up new clips related to it, every few months.”
Talking about the early jitters of being a father, he advises, “A new dad’s experiences are not as harrowing as they sound. It can be fun and relaxed, too. How about providing sperm samples!” Currently, Vikramaditya is at a stage when he finds crows funny. So Pant is trying to update his crow-related material. “Constant updation is the key or else he will get bored with my jokes,” he chuckles. Expecting a mixed crowd at his show, he assures that you do not need to be a dad to enjoy it. “I am pretty juvenile on stage anyway,” he signs off.
August 13-14, at Museum Theatre. `200 onwards. Details: in.bookmyshow.com

—Karan Pillai


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