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Friends Of The Yeti: Comedian Ahmed Bharoocha!!!

Comedian Ahmed Bharoocha

Yeti Vedder is a HUGE fan of stand up comedy! He actually still dabbles in it from time to time, but he has many friends still in the industry. Friends Of The Yeti will give you a chance to meet some of the best up and coming comics from all over the U.S. Our first comic that we’d like for you to get to know is: Comedian Ahmed Bharoocha!

*Hi, comedian Ahmed Bharoocha! Where are you from? Tell me how you got started in comedy.  What do you have in the works right now?

I’m from Santa Barbara, Calif, and I started working as a dishwasher at a comedy club in Providence, R.I., when I was in college because I always dreamed of doing stand-up. After working there for a year, I got the courage to go up. Right now, I’m living in LA.. doing stand-up and making sketches with my two sketch groups, “Dead Kevin” and “Uncle Mustache.” “Dead Kevin” will be putting out sketches on Comedy Central’s website later this year.

 

*This question is for you to plug EVERYTHING you do. EVERYTHING! … So what do you want to plug? GO!

Stand-up, sketch (“Dead Kevin” and “Uncle Mustache”), improv (“The Cellar”) — I also love cooking and would like to start up my own business where I come cook for people.

*If you were stuck on an island with one comedian for the rest of your life and had to listen to their act on a daily basis, what comic would that be?

That’s so hard to say — but I’d have to say Bill Cosby. He has hours and hours of material that is all killer and he’s not over the top, so it wouldn’t get old.

*If you ran out of food on the island, would you eat that comic?

I could never eat Bill Cosby. Plus, once he’s dead what is there to live for?

*You can have control of the phone booth from “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.” You can go back and check out three things from the past. What do you check out?
  1. Go see Richard Pryor perform.
  2. Meet my grandfather that I’m named after.
  3. Look at dinosaurs.
*I enjoy both of your sketch comedy groups, “Dead Kevin” and “Uncle Mustache.” How did you meet the guys you work with? Tell us how you come up with the ideas for the skecthes.

I met Ryan O’Flanagan and Jack Robichaud from “Dead Kevin” and Tim Vargulish from “Uncle Mustache” — all from doing stand-up. Most of the ideas from both sketch groups come from us just hanging out, joking around and when something makes us laugh, we film it.

With “Dead Kevin,” it’s more just show up to the apartment, and think of something small from life that we can blow up. With “Uncle Mustache,” we think more about odd characters or settings we can explore.

 

*Name a celebrity you’d like to race in a 100-yard dash.

Chris Farley.

*What has been your best moment in stand-up comedy? What was your worst?

I’m not sure there has been a specific moment good or bad that I can pinpoint, but the best times are hanging out with comics telling jokes and talking about comedy. And the worst moments are doing a show alone… in another city … to a crowd that doesn’t dig you.

*What advice would you give to people that want to get into “the biz.”

Work hard and have fun.

*If food drops on the floor, do you partake in the 5-second rule or do you throw it away no matter what?

20-second rule!

*We like lists here at FPL. Who are the best five comics you have seen live?

I hate lists because there is never enough room!

Bill Cosby twice

Mike Birbiglia

Dave Atell

Mitch Hedburg

Colin Quinn

*If you had a super power what would it be?

Eat all I want and never get fat.

*What is your favorite joke that you tell?

It always changes because you eventually get tire of telling it. Right now, I have a new joke about not believing in the Devil and how he’s not even scary. He’s described as having horns and hooves and a tail — so basically he’s a cute deer.

*Are you good at keeping secrets?  If so, what is the best secret you have? … Did you fall for this?

I’m not that great at keeping secrets, but I think I’m good at keeping the important ones. The best secret I have kept is for O.J. Simpson. Yes.

*What would be the title of your autobiography?

“Why did I write this?”

*Finally I want to end this interview like James Lipton does on Inside The Actor’s Studio.  Answer these 10 questions please.

1. What is your favorite word?

Potato. Sounds funny to me.

2. What is your least favorite word?

Jizz? Too graphic and harsh.

3. What turns you on?

Laughter, comedy, kindness, vulnerability.

4. What turns you off?

Cruelness, pretentiousness, entitlement.

5. What sound do you love?

Food sizzling on a grill.

6. What sound do you hate?

The Alarm clock noise.

7. What’s your favorite curse word?

Fuck.

8. What profession, other than yours, would you like to attempt?

Chef or hockey player.

9. What profession would you not like to do?

Police officer, politician, comedy booker.

10. If heaven exists, what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates?

Hey, all your friends and family are here waiting for you — high five!

Follow Comedian Ahmed Bharoocha on Twitter: @AhmedBharoocha

Follow Yeti Vedder on Twitter, too! @YetiVedder

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