LUCKNOW || Pre-sales for acclaimed stand-up comedian Papa CJ’s book of memoirs, ‘Naked’, will go live on Thursday, a statement said. It is being published by Westland (Amazon).
Based and named after his global hit show, ‘Naked’ traces the comedian’s life-story from the streets of Calcutta to the University of Oxford and stages across the world. The book will available in online and offline bookstores in India starting December 16, 2019.
When an award-winning comedian performs at gunpoint in South Africa and lives to tell the tale, you know it’s going to be an interesting one. Pranks both childish and reckless, nights of wild partying, a career repeatedly built and torn down, a rollercoaster love life, and risks you and I wouldn’t dare to take: Papa CJ is able to turn the ordinary into the extraordinary. And then destroy it. Only to rise again like a phoenix.
As Papa CJ lays bare his life, from the streets of Calcutta to the University of Oxford and stages across the world, you will bask in nostalgia, laugh your guts out, feel your heartache, and find a new lens with which to look at your own life. A lens that allows you, like Papa CJ, to always see the positive. And of course, the funny. Seize it. Enjoy it!
CJ has won awards for both Asia’s and India’s Best Stand- up Comedian. He has performed over 2000 shows in 25 countries and has had numerous appearances on NBC, BBC, Comedy Central, Showtime, MTV, Paramount, The Comedy Channel, ITV and a host of other international networks. He is the only Indian comedian to have shot his own solo special with Comedy Central Asia. Forbes Magazine called him ‘the global face of Indian stand-up’ and Harvard Business Review called him one of the most influential comedians around the world.
He has taped a Showtime USA stand-up comedy special with Russell Peters and on the American TV show Last Comic Standing, he was placed in the top 10 from over 3000 contestants across the world. He has been invited to speak
at Harvard Business School and the University of Oxford.
Papa CJ has represented India at the Shared History Festival in South Africa and had standing ovations on Broadway in New York. He was the first Indian comedian to be invited to premiere at the prestigious Soho Theatre in London, the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, the Just for Laughs Festival in London, and the Sydney and Perth Comedy festivals in Australia. Papa CJ was instrumental in starting off the English language stand-up comedy industry in India after he returned to the country in 2008.
Papa CJ holds an MBA from the University of Oxford and is often engaged as a motivational speaker. As a corporate coach, he has trained over 50 blue chip companies all over the globe. He also consults brands on concepts and content strategy. Under his initiative called The Papa CJ Happiness Project, he performs in support of charitable causes across the world.