Zakir had impressive comic timing from as early as his school days. His ability to highlight comic elements in everyday incidents made him a favourite among his friends. Having grown up with the dream of being an RJ, Zakir headed to Delhi to pursue a degree in radio production. Post the course, he ventured to Jaipur in search of career opportunities. After a lot of struggle in Jaipur, he had to move back to Delhi, where he started using his ability to play the sitar to finance his stay, while he did spots at Open mics and honed his comedic style. His break came in 2012 when he was adjudged the winner of a comedy competition, “India’s Best Stand Up Comedian” organized by Comedy Central India. Besides performing at many stand-up comedy shows, he has also done ghostwriting and produced radio shows. His comedy style was applauded in NDTV Prime’s The Rising Stars of Comedy television show. In 2015, Zakir co-hosted and wrote ‘On Air with AIB’, a news comedy show with Tanmay Bhat and Gursimran Khamba from the Indian comedy group, All India Bakchod. The show was broadcast on the national television channel Star World, India. Zakir also co-hosted The 5th Annual Golden Kela Awards and has shared the stage with other famous comedians like Vir Das and Papa CJ More recently, Zakir is known and lauded known for his “uniquely Indian” style of comedy, which involves him impeccably catching on the emotions that are common to every Indian household and youngsters struggling to make it big in India. He seamlessly puts a spin to his anecdotes, which are simple yet hilarious, and catchphrases like “Sakht Launda” have become a fixture in his fans’ daily vocabulary. He has won may accolade for his Amazon Prime Video special “Haq Se Single”, which has made him one of the most sought-after names in the field of Indian comedy. He has also enjoyed a brief stint as a judge on the fifth season of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He is currently working on the second season of his fictional show for Amazon Prime Video, titled “Humare Chacha Vidhayak”. He is a regular in the Indian comedy scene and keeps travelling all over India and the world, performing to packed audiences.
Zakir Khan in conversation with Cyrus Broacha