Alexander Babu: ‘Via each present, I wish to unfold kindness’

Standard Chennai slapstick comedian Alexander Babu will get again to music and humour with ‘Alexperience’, premiering this weekend in Chennai

Standard Chennai slapstick comedian Alexander Babu will get again to music and humour with ‘Alexperience’, premiering this weekend in Chennai

Alexander Babu climbs the staircase of his spanking new villa at Chennai’s Navalur singing Ilaiyaraaja’s ‘Pon Vaanam Paneer Thoovuthu’ ( Indru Nee Nalai Naan). As he climbs down, after fetching an extension field to plug his keyboard, he playfully tries out the excessive notes in AR Rahman’s ‘Vennilavae’ ( Minsara Kanavu).

With the favored slapstick comedian, there may be at all times music within the air. And jokes to go along with it.

After the hit musical comedy present  Alex in Wonderland, the comic is again with one more reside musical particular premiering this weekend within the metropolis.  Alexperience has already created a buzz amongst stand-up followers, with packed a number of tester exhibits over the previous couple of weekends. “Because of the lockdown, we instantly had a lot written materials, however have been not sure of what would work with an viewers,” he says.

He describes  Alexperience extra experimental than  Alex in Wonderland, so the power to have tester exhibits — the place he received to current his materials in entrance of a reside viewers and tailor it accordingly — was a boon. “It was a aid to see the response you envisioned throughout the writing stage itself,” he says.

So, how totally different will  Alexperience be from his final present? “I made a decision to let go of my earlier materials, and let my artwork information me. While you try this, you’ll be open to newer prospects,” is all he’s keen to state.

Alex interacts with audiences, however his core power is presenting comical materials that he has polished again and again, a lot that the joke and storytelling turns into second nature. “I really feel that’s essential. Throughout my first tester, it was evident that I used to be considering of the subsequent traces once I was talking. The extra you rehearse, particularly in entrance of an viewers, the extra coherent is will get.”

He appears to be like again on the resounding success of  Alex in Wonderland, which he carried out throughout cities and international locations greater than hundred occasions, as a ‘blessing’. Particularly because it got here within the third yr of him quitting his common IT job to take up stand-up as a full-time pursuit. “My spouse and I saved cash from our workplace jobs and thought I’d plunge full-time into stand-up for 2 years and see. We prolonged it to 3 years subsequently. So, I needed to make it huge that yr, else I’d have had to return to a daily workplace job,” he says.

Alexander Babu

Alexander Babu
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Massive he did, for  Alex in Wonderland, a present that featured him speaking concerning the legends of the Tamil movie fraternity, not simply made him standard with reside audiences, but in addition reached followers with its subsequent launch on Amazon Prime.

Although he has comical content material for the subsequent couple of years, Alex is set to concentrate on one factor for the longer term: giving the fitting experiences for audiences. The motto of Anba Arts, his manufacturing firm, is ‘work laborious, be type, unfold pleasure’, impressed by his former employer Amazon’s motto, ‘work laborious, have enjoyable, make historical past’. “Via each present we do, by each 5 minutes of comedy, all we wish to inform audiences is: be type. That’s what I’d prefer to go on,” says Alex, who, moreover being a licensed yoga teacher, trains in classical music underneath Monali Sanyal Balasubramaniam.

Up subsequent, Alex has just a few issues up his sleeve, together with mixing points of science, literature and historical past with music, and presenting it on stage. “The historical past of the Tamil language or Chola dynasty, as an illustration, is so fascinating to learn. I’m making an attempt to form up materials the place I can narrate tales from these topics, filled with some humorous traces and join it with music.”

Graphic: Albert Francis

Graphic: Albert Francis

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