Comedian, songwriter and actress, Helen Paul, has said she is on social media because it is the platform to be for every comedian. She told Saturday Beats, “There is no comedian that is not online now. It is the new trend. Also, every comedian wants to be on TV. Everybody is thriving to sell in the market. Online is the platform to market yourself and let more people see you without necessarilyy paying so much for data. I don’t think there is any comedian that is not online.”
Paul also maintained that she didn’t feel any sort of pressure from other social media comedians. She said, “Whatever one fears in life, one would still end up facing it. I like enjoying myself and not interpreting rubbish. I love playing with characters. I am not seeing anybody who is taking over or is there somebody seeing me taking over? I am just having fun because I enjoy making people laugh. I just do it for fun; not out of fear or anything. In other professions, people also had to change jobs. Nothing last forever, except God. After a while, new people would come in. As big as Michael Jackson was, there were still new ones that shone as well.”
Online is the new market
Contrary to what some people think that female comedians are sidelined in the industry, Paul disagreed. “My male colleagues always invite me for shows. And not just me but Princess and Lepacious Bose as well. I have not experienced any gender discrimination but you know, in our society, there are some things women are not allowed to say or do.”
Online is the platform to market yourself and let more people see you without necessarilyy paying so much for data.
On what motivated her to get a PhD, Dr Paul said, “You can’t compare me with anybody and I cannot do that as well. We all have different visions and goals. Right from time, I had one vision and it was in the field of comedy. My strength is comedy. I love to do either stand-up or any other form of comedy. I love to make people laugh all the way. Not everybody wants to get a PhD. It’s all about what one’s interests are, there are successful tailors that I can never be like. They make clothes and are well celebrated, so everyone should follow their dreams and vision. It is not about comparing anybody.”
Paul also said that there was nothing much different between studying for a PhD and being a comedian. She added, “They are not opposites. It is still the same thing I am doing. I studied Theatre Arts and I am still doing comedy and that has been my dream from the outset. I am practising what I am studying in school.”