Indians stealing standup comedy gigs

Sometimes you have to leave the comedy to the professional comedians. Or at least save it for yourPaul Verghese

friends at the bar. Hopefully that's the lesson that Dallas Observer writer Jesse Hughey has learned. Hughey triggered a torrent of "I'm so offended" comments when he previewed a New Year's Eve comedy show featuring Indian-Americans Raj Sharma and Paul Varghese:

First it was the Hispanics taking all the good bricklayer and busboy
jobs. Now the Indians are coming to America and stealing our standup
comedy gigs. Is being a standup comic one of those jobs that nobody
else will do? Is UTD offering a comedy class? Or are they coming here
after honing their routines on Microsoft tech-support customers? [Link]

UTD, by the way, stands for University of Texas at Dallas, not urinary tract disease.

It's obvious from the context that Hughey wasn't trying to be malicious; he was just trying to be funny. Unfortunately he failed. Miserably. So miserably that everyone in the audience heckled him. They shouted, "Hey Hughey, get off the stage! We're here for the Sharma-Varghese Show, not the Shameful Varmint Show."

If you enjoyed this piece, you'll love Melvin's novel Bala Takes the Plunge, available in North America through Amazon.com and McNallyRobinson.com You can also find it at major bookstores in India and Sri Lanka or online at FlipKart, IndiaPlaza, FriendsofBooks or other sites. A number of readers have written reviews of the novel. An excerpt of the novel can be read here.

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