Himanshu Uikey – Chhattisgarh’s First Stand-up Comedian!
Himanshu Uikey born and brought up in Dallirajrah is Chattisgarh first ever stand-up comedian. After completing his 10th standard, he shifted to Bhilai for his HSC and IIT preparations and is currently in the last year of engineering at BIT, Bhilai.
Himanshu Uikey always had keen interest in stand-up and would often watch videos on YouTube. Being inspired by the then rising stars of comedy like #Vipul_Jain and the infamous AIB, he decided to start his own journey in the field of stand up. Chhattisgarh as a state was not familiarized with the concept of stand-up comedy around that time and the only stage for him to showcase his talent were private shows. Himanshu first performed on the 18th of February 2015, at a birthday party, the content for which was finalized in 10 days. He then performed at the Talent Hunt in his college where he was appreciated and which served as the gate that opened his way into the world of stand up.
Himanshu was the only standup comedian in Chattisgarh at that point in time and did over 35 shows in a year. He soon went to Bangalore and it was then that he got the actual feels of open mics. On coming back, Himanshu founded the “Knife Edge Comedy” , and started conducting open mics in #Bhilai and has been doing so since April 2016. He soon realised that he would need a larger base to expand and introduce people to standup and conducted Raipur’s first Open Mic in August 2017. What started with just two comedians in 2016, soon expanded and became a huge success.
In 2017, Himanshu was featured on the “ The Rising Stars of Comedy ”, a feature presentation on NDTV Prime. He has to this date, done more than 200 shows pan India and has also opened for seasoned comedians like #Abhishekh_Upmanyu, Kunal Kamra and Nishant Tanwar.
Himanshu plans to continue his journey and shift to #Mumbai after his graduation to widen his scope in the field.