Aditi Mittal is an Indian stand-up comedian, actress and writer. One of the first women to do stand-up comedy in India, Aditi has been rated amongst India’s top 10 stand-up comedians by The Times of India. She is featured in CNNIBN.com as top 30 witty, intelligent and incredibly funny Indian women to follow on Twitter. Aditi has written columns and articles in Grazia Men magazine, DNA and Firstpost.com and Financial Times (UK, Weekend Edition).
Mittal is one of the better-known faces of the Indian English stand-up comedy scene in India. In 2009, she was one of the first 5 Indians to be featured in an Indians only stand-up show called Local Heroes, organized by the U.K based “The Comedy Store.” Today, she is a regular at Canvas Laugh Factory, Comedy Store Mumbai and has performed at venues and humor festivals across the country, clubs in UK and at Laugh Factory, Los Angeles.
In 2013, Mittal was invited by the BBC for the prestigious 100 Women conference in London. Mittal first performed her solo show ‘Things they wouldn’t let me say’ in July 2013 at the Canvas Laugh Factory, Mumbai. She is currently on tour with this show, which features an appearance by sex therapist, Dr.Mrs. Lutchuke and Dolly Khurana, the “thinking” Bollywood starlet.
Mittal has been featured in the American documentary Stand-Up Planet, along with American and South African comics, which is a stand-up comic’s quest to find some of the best humor coming from corners of the developing world. She has appeared on CNN-IBN’s Phenking News with Cyrus Broacha, and is a staple on political satire show, Jay Hind. She was one of the founding members of the Ghanta Awards and the Filmfail Awards, two of the biggest parody award shows in India. She has featured in Ripping the Decade with Vir Das, Fools Gold Awards on Comedy Central India, Bollywood OMG on Channel V.
Mittal was featured on BBC World and BBC America among “India’s trailblazers”, appeared on BBC Asia with RJ Nihal. Mittal’s material has been described as “acerbic and cutting edge”. Her jokes cover everything from Osama to sanitary napkins, toddlers to Miss India winners. She says, “My brand of humour is personal. It’s observational.” She developed the character of Dr. (Mrs.) Lutchuke because she did not like the way sex was portrayed by the media. Mittal has spoken at India’s 1st Sex Exposition by India Today, WIFT India (Women in Film and Television), Indian School of business, Hyderabad and comedy festivals across the country.
She can speak fluent English and Hindi and has comprehension in French and Spanish.
She believes that humour is the best fix for gravitas. Exuding an easy charm, Aditi Mittal, a fan of Tina Fey and Kristen Wiig, stepped into the stand-up comedy scene after quitting her job in New York and moving to India. Allured by the burgeoning interest in it, she trained herself, subsequently moving on to live performances.
In December 2014 she featured as a part of the Roast panel on the AIB (All India Bakchod) Knockout. In February, Mittal appeared as a guest on BBC Radio 4's The Now Show.