Laughter is the best medicine...

Debarati Palit Singh
Thursday, 15 June 2017

...says ENT specialist Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi, who is also a stand-up comedian. He talks about his latest India tour and more

It’s commonly believed that doctors are of serious disposition. But Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi breaks that myth. Chaturvedi, who is an ENT surgeon, is a well-known stand-up comedian from Bengaluru. He is currently on a national tour with his act to spread social messages.

Dr Chaturvedi says, “The idea behind the tour is to promote a new approach towards tackling failures in life. Whatever I earn from the acts, I will donate to the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), so that we create awareness about depression. I am presenting acts that explain how failures help you grow in life.”

Chaturvedi, who is also the director of InnAccel Technologies, develops and supports affordable medical devices for needy people. He has invented 18 devices so far. The surgeon, who has been trained in theatre from the early age of five, admits that he has failed and made mistakes too. “But that has helped me move ahead in career. It’s widely held that youngsters need to avoid failures, but the fact is, if you do so, then you are losing the opportunity to grow. We need to welcome failure,” he explains.

As for his two interests — aren’t medicine and comedy two diverse fields? He replies, “Comedy is a great way to reach out to people. When people are goofing around, the messages reach easily. Look at Laurel and Hardy, Charlie Chaplin! When you are  trying to say something important and make it sound serious, it becomes preachy. Stand-up comedy is a cool medium to do so.”

Chaturvedi, whose first public performance as a comedian was held in Rangasthala early this year, adds, “It’s an old saying that laughter is the best medicine. When I am performing my act, it helps me destress and channelise my positive energies too. Doctors also have a fun side to them. They have their passions.”

When asked why he didn’t follow his passion of theatre and doing comedy early on in life, Chaturvedi, who has a YouTube channel called The Magaa of Small Things, says, “My father is a doctor and he is my role model. Since an early age, I wanted to become either a doctor or an engineer. I didn’t think of theatre at that stage.”

His approach helps his audience, who enjoy his show and later come to him for medical consultation. “After my acts, a few members of the audience have come to me and informed me about their ailments. The venue turns into a consultation room and most of the cases end in surgery,” says the doctor, who will be touring Hyderabad, Gurgaon and Chennai.

So the next time the doctor-cum-comedian is in town, head for his clean and non-vulgar acts. And, consult him for your blocked nostrils too!



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