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Aditi Mittal – an Indian stand-up comedian, actress and writer.

Mittal has written columns and articles in Grazia Men magazine, DNA, Firstpost.com and Financial Times (UK, Weekend Edition)


Aditi Mittal

Mittal is one of the better-known faces of the Indian English stand-up comedy scene in India. In 2009, she was one of the first 5 Indians to be featured in an Indians-only stand-up show called Local Heroes, organized by the U.K based “The Comedy Store.”  Today, she is a regular at Canvas Laugh Factory, Comedy Store Mumbai and has performed at venues and humor festivals across the country, clubs in UK and at Laugh Factory, Los Angeles.

In 2013, Mittal was invited by the BBC for the prestigious 100 Women Conference in London. She first performed her solo show ‘Things they wouldn’t let me say’ in July 2013 at the Canvas Laugh Factory, Mumbai. The tour features an appearance by sex therapist Dr. Mrs. Lutchuke and the “thinking” Bollywood starlet Dolly Khurana.

Along with American and South African comics, Mittal has been featured in the American documentary Stand-Up Planet, which depicts a stand-up comic’s quest to find some of the best humor from corners of the developing world. She has appeared on CNN-IBN’s Phenking News with Cyrus Broacha, and is a staple on the political satire show Jay Hind. She was one of the founding members of the Ghanta Awards and the Filmfail Awards, two of the biggest parody award shows in India. She has featured in Ripping the Decade with Vir Das, Fools Gold Awards on Comedy Central India, and Bollywood OMG on Channel V.

Mittal was featured on BBC World and BBC America among “India’s trailblazers”, and appeared on BBC Asia with RJ Nihal. Her material has been described as “acerbic and cutting edge”. Her jokes cover everything from Osama bin Laden to sanitary napkins, toddlers to Miss India winner. She says, “My brand of humor is personal. It’s observational.” She developed the character of Dr. (Mrs.) Lutchuke because she did not like the way sex was portrayed by the media. Mittal has spoken at India’s 1st Sex Exposition by India Today, WIFT India (Women in Film and Television), Indian School of business, Hyderabad and comedy festivals across the country.

She speaks fluent English and Hindi and has comprehension in French and Spanish.

Mittal believes that humor is the best fix for gravitas. A fan of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig, she stepped into the stand-up comedy scene after quitting her job in New York and moving to India. Allured by the burgeoning interest in it, she trained herself, subsequently moving on to live performances.

In October 2014, she was included again in the BBC’s 100 women. In December 2014, Mittal featured as a part of the Roast panel on the AIB (All India Bakchod) Knockout. In February, she appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4‘s The Now Show.

Mittal’s YouTube series Bad Girls showcases women activists. The first episode, released in February 2017, focused on Nidhi Goyal.

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