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Hardeep is hoping to find a love in the West Country

By Western Daily Press  |  Posted: March 28, 2014

Hardeep Singh Kohli is trying stand-up

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Comedian, writer and presenter Hardeep Singh Kohli is coming to the West Country as part of the Bath Comedy Festival and while he is accustomed to entertaining, either on stage, on screen or on the radio, this will be Hardeep's first foray into stand-up.

"It's my first stand-up show," says Hardeep. "It's all about falling in love as a middle-aged brown man. It's very honest. Maybe too honest, but I think that's what people like. I would like to say it's about my romantic successes but I've never had that many."

But he's hoping that laughter could lead to love.

"Why do you think I'm doing the show?" he laughs. "I'm hoping to get a girlfriend out of it.

"I'm looking for someone between 5ft3in and 6ft2in and preferably with all their own teeth, although we can work around that.

"And someone funny who loves food – not a vegetarian!"

Food is a big part of Hardeep's life. Previous ventures have seen him combining comedy and cooking with him whipping up curries while entertaining the audience, and he has become almost as well known for his culinary skills as his ability to entertain.

"The secret of a good curry is love," he says. "You need to love what you do and eat the curry that you want to eat. It's the same as a relationship.

"People go out with the people that they think they ought to go out with instead of the people they really want to be with, and people eat the curries that they think they should eat instead of the ones they really want.

"My favourite curry is a lamb bhuna. I'm a sucker for lamb."

But although he loves cooking he has no regrets about turning his back on the kitchen.

"I was doing so much cooking on stage and in my life, but I never wanted to get to the point where I was doing too much and I always hankered after doing a stand-up show.

"There's nothing to hide behind now though. If I'm not funny on stage I can't just go back to cooking.

"It's very much an interactive show and it's different every night.

"It keeps me on my toes, but that's the joy of it. I never want to get to the point where I'm on stage and I can't remember which city I'm in. I want to make the shows personal for the people who live there. It's very gentle though. I'm not ripping people to shreds and people just end up telling me things.

"The other day this woman pitched up to a show and told me her mother was a dominatrix.

"It was hilarious, but it's a strange one because you need to complete her experience on the night and give her closure. You need to explore it and luckily because of all the interviewing work I've done, I'm quite good at that."

Hardeep will be performing at Bath Cricket Club on Saturday. Tickets cost £12/£10 concs. Call 0800 4118881

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