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Papa CJ in one of his show posters
Papa CJ is a stand-up comedian from India. In November 2014 he won the 'Asia's Best Stand-up Comedian' award by Top 10 Magazine in Kuala Lumpur. He has toured sell-out shows across five continents and in October 2011 he taped a Showtime USA Stand-up Comedy Special with Russell Peters in Amsterdam.
Early life and career
He then worked as a management consultant in London. He has also worked as an executive coach and motivational speaker and has trained executives from over 50 blue chip companies all over the world.
After visiting the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2004, he gave up his corporate career and started performing stand-up comedy in November of that year. He has since performed in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. 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 and began grooming new talent. In 2008 he was also a contestant on Last Comic Standing 6 on NBC, where from over 3000 worldwide contestants he made it to the final 10.
In 2009 Papa CJ became the first Indian comedian to be invited to perform at the Just for Laughs festival in Canada. 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 Carolines on Broadway.
Papa CJ's debut book, an autobiography titled 'Naked', was published in the Indian subcontinent by Westland, an Amazon company, on 16 Dec 2019.
Under his initiative called The Papa CJ Happiness Project, he performs in support of charitable causes across the world and particularly in India. In addition to fundraising shows he also performs free shows in hospitals and for long suffering patients in their homes.
Motivational Speaking, Corporate Training and Executive Coaching
Papa CJ runs multiple different training modules for organisations, the most popular of which apply learnings from stand-up comedy into the personal and professional lives of people in the workplace. Two unique sessions he runs are 'What management, marketing and content strategy can learn from stand-up comedy' and 'Naked Leadership'. Naked Leadership is a unique approach towards leadership training that combines a multi-genre theatrical production with a learning activity that forces participants to reflect deeply and prioritise their personal and professional lives. They leave the session with a great sense of gratitude. Papa CJ is regularly invited as a motivational speaker to inspire the youth and has spoken on multiple platforms including TEDx and Josh Talks.
- Official website
- Video clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jv2nVO4P7QU
- Razor TV Singapore - comedy in hospitals: https://web.archive.org/web/20131113211144/http://www.razor.tv/video/529118/comedian-brings-laughter-to-hospitals
- Malaysia's 89.9 BFM Radio interview: http://www.bfm.my/finding-the-funny-papa-cj
- Comedy Central: https://archive.is/20130419222850/http://press.comedycentral.co.uk/videos/50520
- Showtime USA: http://www.sho.com/sho/schedules/titles/141920/episode-105#/index
- Paramount Comedy UK: http://www.theworldstandsup.com/Comics-A-Z/cj.aspx
- Omni TV Canada: http://www.omniab.ca/programming/signatureseries/details.php?id=106
- BBC UK: http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/south_asia/8419225.stm
- NPR USA: http://m.npr.org/news/front/17680952?page=5