The Entertainment Factory, a brand-new comedy venue in Mumbai, opened its doors on 30 September with five nearly sold-out shows by Kunal Kamra. Established by Mubin Tisekar, the live entertainment company’s new venue is its first self-produced club. Tisekar hopes the club, located in Mumbai’s Phoenix Market City Mall, Kurla will serve as a hub for the city’s comedy fans.
Tisekar also has bigger plans in the pipeline. The Entertainment Factory is planning a massive expansion spree, with eight new clubs coming up in Mumbai, Gurugram, Dwarka, Pune, Bengaluru, Chennai and Thane. You can expect to see some India’s finest comedians including Amit Tandon, Atul Khatri and Kunal Kamra at these clubs, says Tisekar.
The comedy producer—who has 10 years of experience under his belt—began his professional journey at the age of 20 producing standup shows at London’s Comedy Store. Speaking about a day in the life of a comedy producer, Tiskar said, “There are a lot of ups and downs every producer has to deal with. After crossing all those barriers we’re finally opening up multiple venues in India.”
While most comedy clubs in the country are struggling to keep their doors open, Tisekar is swinging for the fences. “That’s the only way to nurture more talent,” he said. “Usually comedy clubs are a loss-making venue but if you want to do something for the community, this is it. If you don’t have a comedy club there’s no way to cultivating more talent and bringing comedians to the country.”
Tisekar’s ambitions aren’t limited to the comedy community though. He said his ultimate dream is to give back to the performers in the country. He plans to do this by hosting plays (such as the Vagina Monologues), book launches, kids’ shows, improv comedy nights and a lot more.