Fresh off his special Alive & Vaccinated, Daniel Fernandes is all set to take his new hour on the road starting this month. The comedian promises a lot of fun for himself and his audience on this one. He’s excited to see his special grow over the next few tours and even hints at its eventual release on a streaming platform. Why wait, though? Fernandes says he’s at his best during his live performances and he’s got bills to pay, so you know he’s putting his back into it!
QUICK! WHAT’S THIS SHOW ABOUT?
This show is the next leg of my standup journey post Alive & Vaccinated—streaming now on my YouTube channel. The material looks inward into my 12-year commitment to this craft and what it all means to me as well as the audience. This is a show that will keep evolving with every tour and will eventually become my third comedy special. As it stands, it’s a guaranteed fun night out, so I’d get those tickets quickly!
HOW MANY SHOWS ARE YOU DOING, ACROSS HOW MANY CITIES?
I’m doing 11 shows across 10 cities.
HOW LONG DID YOU SPEND WRITING THE SHOW?
The development of the show started in February and will continue until I eventually record it.
IS THIS ALREADY LEADING UP TO A RECORDED SPECIAL FOR A STREAMING PLATFORM?
At some point, yes, but only the Oracle knows when.
WHY SHOULD WE WATCH IT LIVE?
Because I have bills to pay, and the magic of a live comedy show cannot be compared to any other weekend experience.
ACCORDING TO YOU, WHO WOULD BE THE IDEAL PLUS-ONE TO BRING TO THE LIVE SHOW?
Friends, crushes, partners, parents, in-laws, exes. Everybody’s welcome, except for children. Keep your kids at home! Yuck!
HOW DID YOU COME UP WITH THE NAME ‘THE PREVIEW’?
It’s because I feel that even though I’m 90 minutes in, it’s still just a glimpse of what I want the next special to look like. This means that as the show evolves, a lot of the material that you see today may not be around when the special drops. Right now, I just want the audience to have fun without thinking about what the show means to them. It doesn’t matter. Everything is pointless.
ON A SCALE OF 1 – WTFAMIDOING, HOW NERVOUS ARE YOU?
When I’m on stage, I feel comfortable and safe. I leave the WTFAMIDOING for weekdays.
WHAT ARE THE TOP FIVE FEELINGS YOU FEEL ON A SHOW DAY?
Before the show, I’m calm, by myself and anxious to get on. During the show, I’m at my happiest, and after, when the adrenaline is pumping, I’m wired and usually close the night with 300 pushups.
HOW MANY FESTIVALS HAVE YOU ALREADY HIT THIS YEAR AND HOW CRAZY WERE THEY?
I did the Laughing Dead Festival in Mumbai, followed by comedy festivals in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Perth. Laughing Dead was seismic in terms of what it means to the future of the Indian comedy scene and I’m looking forward to the next one. The festivals in Australia, I felt, were a definite level up in terms of the kind of audience I was performing to. Just five percent of the crowd was Indian, so I’m quite happy about how I was able to adapt and make an impression. The experience has made me a much better comic and now I’m very comfortable doing a solo show for an entirely international audience. Every tour teaches you something. I can’t wait to go back!