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Stand-Up comedy at IGCC today

Update : 07 Mar 2014, 06:10 PM

Stand-Up comedy has made a niche in the entertainment arena of the country and popular group Naveed Mahbub & Friends will be performing at the Indira Gandhi Cultural Centre’s Gulshan premises today at 6:30pm.

Naveed Mahbub describes himself as an engineer turned CEO turned stand-up comedian, all by choice. While working as an engineer in the US, Naveed started his comedy career performing in English at small venues. In 2007, he won the Best Male Comedian title at the 2007 Original Las Vegas Comedy Festival, which catapulted his comedy career into mainstream America. His “home club” is the world famous Comedy Store in Hollywood where big names such as David Letterman, Jay Leno, Eddie Murphy, etc had started their comedy careers. He has also performed at other top US comedy clubs such as the Hollywood Improv, The Haha Comedy Club, Mark Ridley’s Comedy Castle – to name a few. His TV shows include those on Comedy Time and Time Warner, while his radio shows were on KCBQ 1170 AM San Diego and Voice of America.

At one point, Naveed also started performing stand-up comedy in Bangla, making him hugely popular among the diaspora Bangladeshis and Bengali Indians. This led to his performing at the North American Bengali Convention where renowned artists such as Srikanto Acharya, Lopamudra Mitra, Runa Laila, Shaan had performed. In 2009, he returned to Bangladesh to establish a “stand-up” comedy scene. He founded Bangladesh’s and the region’s first ever stand-up comedy venue, Naveed’s Comedy. He is thus credited to have pioneered the art of stand-up comedy in Bangladesh.

Today, Naveed will be accompanied by fellow comedians Mosharraf Yaafi, a semi-finalist on Mirakkel and Pervez Suman who has appeared on BTV, NTV and ATN Bangla.

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