Name: Rishi Budhrani
Date of birth: 9 June 1984
Occupation: Stand-up comedian, actor, host
How he got started: Rishi Budhrani graduated with a Degree in Communication Studies from NTU with a major in Electronic Broadcast Media and a Minor in Drama and Performance. He also completed two years of acting training with Singapore Repertory Theatre's The Young Company as an Exxon Mobil Scholar. While pursuing a career in showbiz, he hosted private events, doing theatre roles and the odd TV stint when things took a turn in 2011. He went on stage to do a comedy open-mic gig and got hooked. He equates his first time doing stand-up comedy to "bungee jumping naked". He hasn't looked back since.
Notable achievements: He was the first Singaporean to perform at legendary comedy clubs in New York City such as Gotham Comedy Club, The Comic Strip Live! and The Comedy and Magic in Club Los Angeles. He also won the Hong Kong International Comedy Competition and has appeared on two seasons of Comedy Central's Stand-up Asia. More recently, he was a regular panelist on Singapore's first-ever live comedy panel show OK CHOPE!. The show was infamously cancelled after 36 weeks because it was actually good TV. He also does an annual solo live comedy show titled Cannot Means Cannot.
Something you might not have known about him: Rishi started a career in showbiz as a Bollywood dance performer and instructor for one of Singapore's first-ever Bollywood dance troupes called Tezdhaar.
A quote to sum it all up: "Every time you step out of your comfort zone, you learn something new. So, get comfortable, being uncomfortable. That's what growth is about."