The British Bulldog Pub is hosting their first comedy show Thursday, Nov. 12. The headliner, Krish Mohan, aims to give a fresh look on culture from the perspective of a modern-day immigrant from India and seems to be worth the 20-minute drive.
“The bigger the comedian, the more inclined I am to go,” third-year sports management student Tim Birkmeyer said.
Mohan, who performed in Columbia this summer at The New Brookland Tavern, tells stand-up nationwide and has opened for popular comedians like Stewart Huff, Lee Camp, Cameron Esposito, Henry Phillips, Dom Irerra and Dave Coulier. He also has an IndyFringe show, a weekly satire web series called "Fork Full of Noodles" and contributes to Indie Bohemian, which airs on iHeartRadio.
Comedians are usually known to have no qualms when speaking their mind, and Mohan is no exception. He often includes controversial subjects in his routines.
“I think starting a conversation about topics like race and religion and political ideals and philosophy [is] important,” Mohan said.
This can be a difficult task, especially when you are trying to make people laugh, but Mohan has seen success when writing and tweaking his material. He always asks himself, “How do I get them (the audience) to come on board and take the journey with me?”
Despite the challenge, he is very excited about his tour and the upcoming show here in Columbia.
“I’m very proud of this current material,” Mohan said. “It’s the most honest material (of mine), and it’s the material that I think represents me the most as well.”
The restaurant and bar hosts live music two or three nights a week and a trivia night, but this is a new venture. Steven Kendricks, assistant manager at the pub, hopes to start a comedy night once a month at the pub for the citizens of Columbia.
“It’s a little something different," Kendricks said. "We're pretty excited about it and hope it’s something that can catch on.”
Local comedians Phil Carter, Edward Aundraus, Wayne Cousins and Zack Kennedy will perform alongside Mohan for this first event, “Comedy Saved the Queen.” Admission is free, and the show is set to start at 7:30 p.m. The pub is located at 1220 Bower Parkway.