We all have that friend who has always managed to crack up the whole class with his wit and humour. Paul Ogata, who began his career as a clown in his classroom, is one such. This stand-up comedy tycoon began his journey 11 years ago. The Hawaii-born comedian left his hometown in 2006 after a successful career as a top-rated morning radio personality in a local station. He stepped into the stand-up comedy industry after winning the 32nd Annual San Francisco International Comedy Competition which then put him in the league of biggies like Dana Carvey, Sinbad, Doug Stanhope and other comedy greats.
Visiting India for the first time, Paul says that he will be talking about his own experiences. “I can assure that you will hear about how millennials killed my grandfather and how they are ruining the rest of the world. “I‘ll also explore the secrets of a successful marriage. And then explain how people around the world are more alike than we are different,” says the 47-year-old comedian, who also writes screenplays and pitches television shows.
So does the international performer plan to tone down his content for the rather conservative Indian audience that took umbrage to the AIB Roast? “Are you easily offended? Then don‘t watch it. Simple. While what I do is stand-up comedy, and not a roast, buttons will still be pushed and boundaries will be tested. It‘s more subtle. But in the end, my goal is to have you laughing despite your sensibilities,” says the comedian. Paul was also tapped to act alongside various adult film stars in the cult favourite motion picture Porndogs.
Trump or Hillary? What‘s the Los Angeles-based funny man‘s take on the US elections? “By the time of my Hyderabad show, we‘ll know for sure whether the majority of Americans are stupid or if Hillary won. And depending on the outcome, I may end up staying indefinitely in Hyderabad.”
Ogata will be performing at the Altitude, Hyderabad Marriott Hotel & Convention on November 10 from 8 pm onwards. Tickets for group of three for `1,099
— Nishad Neelambaran