08 Feb

Chicago’s Comic: Sharup Karim

Q: What inspired you to start stand-up comedy?

A: I blame NBC and their competition 4 years ago to discover the next sitcom. I entered this contest and the guidelines requested applicants to also submit footage of them performing comedy with an emphasis on standup which I had never done before. Needless to say I dragged a friend with me to the Second City open mic and recorded myself doing a very rough 4-minute set. Sometime after then the passion of getting better really kicked in and I’ve been loving every moment of how difficult yet rewarding this craft can be.

Q: Describe your first performance.

A: Astonishingly it wasn’t as humiliating as I had expected. My only good bit revolved around the time in 6th grade when I tried to throw a punch at a bully but my fist inadvertently opened up and I slapped him instead. Since then nobody has laughed harder at anything else I’ve told on stage.

Q: Do you have “pre-show” rituals? If so, what are they?

A: Aside from doing the outdated LeBron chalk toss, I’ll give a quick listen to a good prerecorded set on my phone. It helps extinguish my anxiety and reminds me what adjustments to make with certain jokes or transitions.

Q: Where in the world is your favorite place to perform stand-up? Why is this your favorite place?

A: My favorite show I’ve been lucky enough to be on recently has been Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. The hospitality was exceptional and because it was a sold-out Sunday night show, the audience was genuinely there to enjoy live comedy. Chicago has matched this experience with both Camp at Village Tap and Zanies in Old Town.

Q: What shows, podcasts, blogs do you produce or co-produce?

A: I currently co-produce an ongoing national comedy tour called Outcasted and a future Chicago showcase called People of Comedy.

Q: What are three of your favorite things?

A: I would name them but Marie Kondo pistol-whipped me into throwing them out or else I would never see my family again.

Q: What is your favorite sammich?

A: Anything in panini form.

Q: What’s one thing people assume about you, that is or isn’t true?

A: That I’m above dancing when the right song comes on. I’ll do the Carlton dance until security tells me to leave—I don’t care.

Q: If you weren’t a comic, what other job would you love to do?

A: I’ve done some screenwriting prior to standup so I would’ve diverted my obsession to film-making or I would’ve pursued my real dream of being a stay-at-home boyfriend.

Q: What are some comedy goals/dreams you have on your To Do List?

A: Opening for a major touring headliner at a large venue or performing on a late night talk show would be amazing enough in this lifetime.

Q: What quality, trait and/or body part do you really like about yourself?

A: Strangers tend to compliment me on my scent but usually that just turns out to be a fresh barbecue stain.

Q: What’s one thing you wish more people knew about you?

A: I always strive to be non-judgmental of others and the most approachable person in the room. Except for anyone that uses the restroom and doesn’t wash their hands. Fuck those people.

Q: How will you know you “Made It?”

A: When I pay off all my debt with either comedy money or drink tickets.


  • 02.08.2019 – 20:00 @ Chalo Haso Comedy Showcase at Seven Bar & Restaurant
    (400 E. Randolph St.)
  • 02.09.2019 – 19:00 & 21:00 @ Kenosha Comedy Club in Kenosha, WI
    (5125 6th Ave.)
  • 02.15.2019 – 20:00 @ Commit to the Bit Showcase at Country Club
    (3462 N. Clark St.)
  • 02.16.2019 – 20:00 @ People of Comedy at Juicebox Theater
    (3457 N. Halsted St.)
  • 02.25.2019 – 20:00 @ That One Woman at Hopleaf
    (5148 N. Clark St.)


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