Adnan Nalwala tutors society ladies in breaking the ice at hip soirees
The stand-up comic who is tutoring society ladies in breaking the ice at hip soirees using unapologetic humour
Adnan Nalwala is back in Mumbai for a weekend show at Andheri's Tap. This is where he grew up and launched his stand-up career before shifting to Dubai. The 34-year-old has a corporate day job at a landscaping and electromechanical company, but evenings are reserved for cracking up the crowds. Lately, though, Nalwala has been busy tutoring.
"For most of us, it's natural to gravitate towards those we know rather than strike up a conversation with stangers," he says about an observation that led him to use his way with humour for more than just a performance. The stand-up now conducts what we hear are very popular workshops on improving social skills using humour. His clients -- well heeled society women.
In fact, their success landed him in the midst of a road show with Bespoke Women, a platform that holds luxury workshops for urban independent women, imbuing them with confidence.
All he needs is a class of 40, and a white board. It would be hard to get everyone engaged if there were more, given that intercation is key to the training's success."
The funniest activity Nalwala admits to have thought up is to get participants to act like an object in the room they inhabit. "Once, a participant decided she'd become a cellphone, and 'vibrated every 15 seconds'. It was hilarious, and exactly what I wanted, for people to loosen up," he says.
The Boston University grad calls his brand of humour "incident-based comedy" culled from his experiences of having lived across seven countries. "When they see a 6 foot 3 inch man move with ease, it makes the ladies think, if he can be smooth, so can I."
Nalwala admits that while humour is inborne, he can work on delivery and body language to brightn the dullest of the lot. "My intent is not to make everyone into a comedian. It is for people to break the ice and be open to appraoching others of common interest," he says.
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