I’m Sapan Verma - one of India’s leading standup comedians. I’m a co-founder of the East India Comedy, India’s premiere comedy collective where I perform, write, act and direct, apart from chasing clients for payments all day. I have done over 1000 live shows all across India and also in New York, Melbourne, Tokyo, Paris, Barcelona, Dubai, Singapore and Beijing.
In 2016, I toured my solo show Obsessive Comedic Disorder, which then went on to become India’s first comedy special to feature on Amazon Prime Video. The same year, I also performed for 80,000 people at the Global Citizen Festival India where I was an opening act for Coldplay and Jay-Z.
I was also awarded as India’s New Age Most Versatile Comedian 2016 by WCRC.
In 2017, I was the headlining act of the first ever Indian comedy showcase at the prestigious Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
My standup comedy videos have more than 10 million views on YouTube and Facebook. I also regularly host EIC Outrage - our online news comedy show which is hugely popular among the youth. The sketches that I’ve written and directed have over 15 million views on YouTube and even the international media such as CNN, BBC and Al Jazeera have covered them.
I’m also a freelance writer, which means I have commitment issues. I’ve written scripts for Shahrukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor, Sidharth Malhotra, Ayushmann Khurrana and others. I’ve written the IIFA Awards and Life OK Screen Awards twice in a row (2014 and 2015). Apart from these, I’ve scripted Filmfare Awards, Star Guild Awards, GIMA and several embarrassing events where I sold my soul for money.
When I didn’t have any self-respect, I used to be a television writer too. I’ve written shows for Channel V, NDTV Goodtimes, UTV Bindass, Colors, Star Plus, Zoom TV and several other channels that are too shitty to name.
Writing humor columns is something I still enjoy, so you might spot some of my past work in The Times of India, Hindustan Times, DNA, Grazia, Maxim, Deccan Chronicle and India Today.
In my spare time, I often teach filmmaking and scriptwriting to the media students at Jai Hind College because I like ruining careers.
I also like cats and dogs because they don’t make small talk.