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    Bengaluru-based stand-up comic Praveen Kumar brings his new solo show to the city

    We’ve all seen comedians who are desperate for laughs, who force-fit swear words into their jokes when they start bombing on stage. But stand-up artiste, Praveen Kumar, says he has never resorted to the ‘F-word’ or other expletives in any of his 1,300 national/international shows.

    “I have nothing against dirty jokes or those who tell them. I was born and raised in Kanchipuram, and have imbibed orthodox family values. I still do a lot of naughty bits, but I never cross that line, because I imagine my mum attends all my shows,” shares the BITS-Pilani graduate, who quit his job as a marketing professional to become a full-time comic in 2014.

    As part of his new hilarious one-hour special, titled Orthodoxically Me, he jokes about the culture shock of moving to a metropolitan city, arranged marriages, decoding emojis, pub culture, Snapchat, teenage fashion and trying to inculcate orthodox family values in his daughter.

    “My new show has a message for small town folk from across the country: if I can make it, you can too,” says the 35-year-old, who’s tour includes Bengaluru, Hyderabad, and Mumbai.

    On December 10, at Alliance Francaise. From 7 pm. Rs 300. Details: bookmyshow.com

    —Anoop Menon

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