We had the good fortune of connecting with Krish Mohan and we’ve shared our conversation below.
Hi Krish, where are your from? We’d love to hear about how your background has played a role in who you are today?
I was born in India and immigrated to the States when I was 8. When I was a kid, America was the land of milk & honey, but when I got here I found it to be a land of suspicion and fear. I faced violence & harsh words from my classmates and couldn’t understand why I was being treated that way. That informed me very quickly that I didn’t really fit into the mainstream American paradigm. I grew up in a pretty traditional Indian household. But I didn’t particularly fit into the traditional Indian lifestyle. I also wasn’t interested in the rituals of Hinduism, but rather the philosophies within the religion that SHOULD lead people to treat each other and create a better world. This informed how I questioned the status quo and the perspective I write my material in. It comes from curiosity and sorting through my own trauma. It comes from never wanting people to feel the pain I’ve felt in my life. It also comes from an understanding of our collective trauma created by the Capitalist system we are all suffering through. So my goal in comedy is articulate that we can do better and we are better than what we are told we are.
Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
I got to where I am through relentless touring, writing and performing. When the pandemic hit, it made me think about how I’ve been going about my life. I wanted a life where performing and creating are a major part of my life, but I also wanted to be connected to my friends and family. I wanted to start being able to give back a community that has been giving to me so much. I learned that I need to find a better work-life balance. I’m not perfect, but I’m getting there. I overcame my challenges by not falling into the trappings of fame or commerce. I focused on creating content that was true to who I was and what I believed in and talking about things I’m very excited to talk about!
Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
There are few dive bars in Pittsburgh I’m a fan of. The Squirrel Cage is one of them. It’s a smokey, punky, grimey bar with a pretty good selection of craft beers and liquor. The people there are super friendly and you always meet some interesting folks. I’d also take them to the riverfront I often walk to and sit to relax and think. I’d also take them to my favorite Indian restaurant, Udipi. It’s the best Indian food in the country!
Shoutout is all about shouting out others who you feel deserve additional recognition and exposure. Who would you like to shoutout?
Ron Placone was the first person in the Comedy scene in Pittsburgh that helped me get on the road. Lee Camp & Stewart Huff were the first two headliners that were willing to take me under their wings, have me open for them and help me develop my voice as a comedian.
My sister is a big influence in my style of humor and absurdity.
SHOUTOUTS to all of them!