Writingness Episode 4 – Comedian Raghav Mehta


This week’s guest is comedian Raghav Mehta. He’s been performing standup comedy for 3.5 years and has contributed to The Onion. Recording with Raghav was super fun. We talked about hot topics like joke stealing and whether or not Nathan Fielder is Banksy.

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Here’s a little preview of, as his friends know him, “the Ghav.”

Who was your favorite comedian growing up? Who first made you  love comedy?

David Letterman, The Simpsons and Seinfeld. Also, I remember in the 6th grade, I was walking home from school with my friend and he told me Chris Rock’s joke about gun control. It was like a year or two after Columbine happened. I didn’t have any access to standup back then but I remember thinking it was genius. I still think it’s genius.

What’s one of the most embarrassing things you’ve ever written?

Old Xanga entries from high school. Old album reviews I wrote in college. Also, the bulk of my tweets from 2012-2013. It’s hard starting out as a comedian because you have to endure so much failure (that never really goes away either). But the worst part about it is all your failures are very public. Maybe one day when I MAKE IT BIG the internet will dig up my ancient tweets and decide I’m transphobic or something. I can only hope.

If you could get on Wikipedia for accomplishing anything, what would it be?

Being really cool. That and solving global warming because then the first line of my Wikipedia page would read “Raghav Mehta is an inarguably cool guy who is most famous for solving the global warming crisis.”