Arun Govada is a US-born, Hong Kong-raised, Indian Comedian, Musician and Business Professional. He speaks fluent Mandarin, barely-broken Hindi, and British English with an American accent. Confused? So is he!
Arun has been singing on stage since the age of 3. He’s been trained in Indian Carnatic Music, has performed in countless musicals on stage, and has been singing solo and accompanying himself on the piano and the guitar since he can remember; he sings and writes music in English, Mandarin and Hindi. Recently, Arun was invited as a guest artist on Taiwan Super Idol (超级偶像) for Taiwan TV.
Professionally, Arun is an honours graduate from the Boston University Questrom School of Business with a focus in Operations Management. He first worked in Global Supply Chain Management and Business Transformation at IBM in New York and Shanghai and is now Director of Business Strategy for UDP International, a global award-winning Urban Design, Planning and Architecture firm based out of Hong Kong. Arun also has experience in and is passionate about Hospitality having worked at Shangri-La Hotels & Resorts.
Arun started performing stand-up comedy while living between Hong Kong and Shanghai in 2012. This push came after he created and released a comedic video on YouTube on a whim poking fun at the crazy things Indian Parents say to their kids. This video amassed over 300,000 views almost overnight which propelled him to try his hand on stage. He has been performing for the last 4 years and his routines are a mix of cultural commentary explained through the misunderstandings he’s constantly getting into because of his odd background. To date, Arun has performed stand-up in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Singapore, Bangkok, London, Boston, New York, San Francisco, and across India. He was recently featured on the Desi Comedy Festival in California and has been written about in TimeOut Hong Kong, The New Indian Express, The Times Of India and The Hindu.
Arun is currently based in Hyderabad, India where he opened and launched his first entrepreneurial venture, Hyderabadass Comedy Club, as the premiere platform for comedy in the city. His vision is to connect the Indian comedy scene with his network of comedians and clubs across the world.