Comedian Daniel Fernandes with his talent to capture the better side of everyone with his really funny take on various topical issues is back to perform live on October 14 from 7.30 p.m. onwards at Novotel Resort and Spa, Candolim. NT BUZZ finds out more
SHERAS FERNANDES | NT BUZZ
- Tell us about how your journey as a comedian has been so far.
I started out in Bombay in 2011. Since then I’ve performed at comedy clubs and festivals in India and internationally. It has been an extremely rewarding journey on every level. This is going to be my second show in Goa and I’m looking forward to it.
- Do you consider comedy as a tool to curb wrongdoings and foster good practices in society?
Comedy for me is a voice of reason and entertainment. I don’t see myself as a gatekeeper of good practices. Wrongdoings need to be curbed by the police. Stand-up comedy is about seeing mundane things differently in a way that makes you laugh. We’re not trying to change the world rather we’re just trying to make sense of it.
- What inspired you to openly speak about issues such as feminism, marital rape and rape threats amongst others?
Social commentary is a very established part of the art of stand-up. It has been around for years in countries like America and UK. I personally like talking about things that you don’t usually joke about in everyday life. I find it challenging as a writer and performer, and jokes about topics like these are almost always provoking in one way or another. That’s where the fun lies.
- We have freedom of speech but it is not absolute. Comment.
There will always be consequences to one’s words. As long as those words don’t cause any actions that becomes a law and order situation, I think we’re good. Stand-up is about thoughts, ideas and laughter. Nothing should be off limits in the confines of this space. Problems occur when people take these ideas outside the realm of comedy and then misconstrue their context.
- How easy or difficult is it to perform stand-up comedy on topics such as politics, religious sentiments and government?
It is definitely more challenging to write jokes about these kinds of topics as opposed to observational humour because the audience is very emotionally invested in politics and religion. Once you’re able to present your ideas in a way that they agree with you (either through laughter or silence) even if they don’t necessarily like what you’re saying, you’re good.
- What can we expect from your performance in Goa
Jokes, laughter, silence, gasps, repeat, will be the highlight of my show.
(Tickets available on bookmyshow and tixd or visit Champs at Margao and Panaji)