Atul Khatri is a businessman turned stand-up comedian. He is one of the oldest and most prominent Indian stand-up comics.
Atul Khatri was born on Wednesday, 10 January 1968 (age 52 years; as of 2020) in Mumbai. He did his schooling at St. Theresa’s High School in Mumbai and then went on to pursue Bachelor of Engineering from Thadomal Shahani Engineering College, also in Mumbai. He then did Certificate in Business Administration from Alliance Manchester Business School in England.
Height (approx.): 5′ 7″
Hair color: Black
Eye color: Black
Family & Caste
Atul Khatri belongs to a Sindhi-Hindu family. His maternal family hails from Karachi, Pakistan.
Parents & Siblings
Atul’s father is Naraindas Khatri and his mother’s name is Kunti Khatri. His sisters are Dr. Anjali Chhabria (a famous Psychiatrist) and Aruna Khatri.
Relationships, Wife & Children
On 3 May 1993 (Monday), Atul Khatri got married to Shaguna Khatri, a hairstylist and sourdough baker. He has two daughters, Mishti Khatri (elder) and Diya Khatri. Mishti is a professional athlete and ACSM certified trainer and Diya is a Psychologist.
As a Businessman
After completing his education, Atul joined his family business. He was the Chief Executive Officer for Kaytek Computer Services Private Limited.
As a Comedian
Atul got bored with his monotonous life while running his IT business. So at the age of 43, he shifted to doing stand-up comedy. In an interview, talking about the early days of his comedy career, he said,
While I was figuring out what to do with my life, I kept posting jokes on Facebook just as a comic-relief. There, I realized I have a sense of humor which people appreciate. I got positive feedback and a lot of support from family and friends. So I took a New Year resolution & signed up for an ‘open mic’ in 2012. I still remember that night. My hands were sweating, my legs were shivering and my throat became dry but I managed to win that 4-minute slot. Yay! That experience was so enriching and addictive that after that just went on and on and on. That’s how it all started.”
Atul is the first Indian to perform at the 8th Annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival, 2014. He has performed at a fundraiser in San Francisco organized by the American India Foundation and at the prestigious Utrecht International Comedy Festival in the Netherlands & Belgium in 2014.
Atul has performed more than 400 shows (as of 2020) in over 10 countries like the USA, UK, Malaysia, UAE, and many more. He was rated as one of the top 20 upcoming Stand-up comedians in India by CNN-IBN after he won the competition ‘CEO’s Got Talent’ in 2014.
Atul was also part of the Netflix show ‘COMEDIANS of the world’ which was released on 1st January 2019. The show featured 47 prominent stand-up comedians from 13 different countries. His special that was released as a part of the show was titled ‘The Happiest Ending’. Atul even had his name on a billboard at Times Square, New York in 2019 during this event.
Atul is regularly featured in commercials for Amazon, Muthoot Finance, Flipkart, Aegon Religare Insurance, and Philips, on TV and various other digital platforms.
Atul was a part of the famous comedy group, East India Comedy (EIC). He was seen in their YouTube videos and series like ‘EIC: Outrage’ that featured on Amazon Prime Videos. Atul was also part of their specials like ‘EIC vs Bollywood’ and ‘Men are from Bar.’
In an interview, when asked about where does he get his content from, he said,
It’s funny but if you open Times of India you will have four hours of material staring at you. Our country is diverse and so is the news around us. We take nuggets from current affairs, we make political jokes, it’s a mixture of all.”
Atul has a YouTube channel by his name, which has more than 3 lakh subscribers.
Awards, Honours, Achievements
- Finalist at ‘the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’ held in Delhi in 2012.
In 2020, he attracted a lot of controversies when he called Kangana Ranaut’s sister, Rangoli Chandel a ‘bloody Chandaal’. Rangoli is an acid attack survivor and Atul faced a lot of backlash on Twitter and other social media platforms for this racist insult.
- Atul is an animal lover. He has a pet dog named Butter Khatri. Atul’s dog has his own Instagram account in the name of mr.butterkhatri.
- In an interview, while talking about his young days, he said,
“I was always the funniest in my group, the guy with stories and jokes that could really entertain, and when I started performing full time, that was when I started truly living.”
- Before doing stand-up comedy, Atul tried his hand at bartending and even took up DJ.
- Atul and his psychiatrist sister, Dr. Anjali Chhabria have begun an initiative called ‘The Shrink & The Nut’ and are conducting seminars in various schools and colleges across the country. The main idea behind the initiative is to raise awareness about mental health issues and encourage students to seek help without feeling any stigma.
- Atul has started a news segment titled ‘Only Positive News!’, during the Covid-19 lockdown. According to him, he started the segment to spread happiness and positivity.