When a stand-up comedian turns podcaster

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When a stand-up comedian turns podcaster

Stand-up comedian George Vivian Paul turns to the podcast with Vivian’s Irrelevant Podcast, which options an eclectic mixture of friends

Kochi-based stand-up comedian George Vivian Paul wants to reside viewers for his actions as a result of he feeds off their response. So understand, with the lockdowns, he has not been in a position to do stand-up. He has as a substitute turned to a brand new medium — podcasting. Vivian’s Irrelevant Podcast (VIP) speaks to individuals who have fortunately adopted their coronary heart doing what they love. The eclectic mixture of the friends — a busker, potter, calligraphist, cosplayer, and an endurance bike owner amongst others — is the USP of his present. The third season can be launched shortly.

“Even whereas I used to be doing stand-up I felt I may put folks within the viewers relaxed and make them comfy sufficient to speak about uncomfortable stuff. I’m able to use that in my podcast; getting folks to speak about themselves,” he says.

He had begun recording earlier than lockdown due to which he had sufficient content material to launch in March. With everyone at the house, it additionally appeared like an acceptable time. For recording the podcast, he collaborates with Social Mob, a platform for unbiased artistes that supplies him entry to recording infrastructure.

Initially, roping in friends was not simple, “Not many had been listening to podcasts on the time, it was new. So I needed to persuade them by telling them that it could be like a radio interview,” he says. Since it isn’t simple to quantify ‘listens’, he says the podcast is ‘on its path to doing nicely.’

The engineer-turned-comic based the Kochin Komedians Collective in 2016, earlier than which he was a stand-up comedian in Kolkata. Whereas many comics went on-line with their acts, he didn’t. “I’m a stand-up comedian, I carry out in entrance of viewers. Their response is vital to me,” he explains.

“Podcasting is in its infancy and it’ll take time to develop. That’s the way it was for me with stand-up comedy, it took two-and-a-half years to ascertain myself — six months in Kochi and a year-and-a-half in Kolkata — so it’s okay. The long-run seems vivid since I’ve folks approaching by way of pals to be featured,” Vivian says. He is aware of it’s too quickly to monetize the podcast, however, he’s optimistic about having the ability to, sooner or later.

Vivian’s abilities as a comic book don’t come into play when he speaks to his friends, “There isn’t a place for comedy actually, apart from the odd joke. However like I mentioned I take advantage of my abilities to place folks relaxed and get them to speak.” The language of interplay will depend on the visitor — English or Malayalam.

Every season has 12 episodes and they’re out there on apps akin to Spotify, Apple iTunes, and Social Mob.


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