Think of: Mitra has a bit of Gary Gulman’s observational style, but his pedigree is writing for the Harvard Lampoon.
What caught our eye: Mitra fought his way through a particularly talent-filled field at the 2013 Boston Comedy Festival Contest in November. He won, and then split the $10,000 prize money with his fellow contestants.
Lightbulb moment: “I don’t think there’s a moment I could pinpoint. I just always really liked watching stand-up, so gradually, it became more and more realistic, I think, as a career.” But the festival win is starting to change Mitra’s fortunes, and he’s getting work opening at Laugh Boston and headlining at Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den.
Biggest thrill: “When I’ve written a new joke and I do it in front of a crowd for the first time, you don’t know whether it’s going to work or not. And if it does connect, that rush, that’s sort of what I live for.”
Biggest surprise: “I think I was just shocked by how much talent, how many talented comedians there are.
I remember one of the first open mics I went to and being really impressed with the level of comedy I was seeing. And I was wondering why these people are telling jokes in a bar. They seem good enough to be in other venues.”
Inspired by: Mitra loves to watch Chris Rock, Dave Chappelle, and Jim Gaffigan, but says his true inspiration is closer to home. “My chief inspiration is my family: my mom, my dad, my brother. My dad is a very genuine soul. He cares very much for the community. And my mom, likewise, is tremendously supportive. And my brother has a very good way of making me better. Those are the inspirations.”
Aspires to: “I just want to be the best comedian that I can be, and I’d like that to be a reflection of being a hard worker.”
For good luck: “Sometimes I’ll listen to ‘pump-up’ music or something, but that’s on the ride down.”
What people should know: “Hopefully when people see me, they’ll obviously laugh, but hopefully they’ll also say, ‘OK, that’s an experience that I wouldn’t be able to get if I went to see any other performer.’ ”
Coming soon: Mitra will play the
Comedy Studio in Harvard Square on Thursday and co-headline Dick Doherty’s Comedy Den on Friday.firstname.lastname@example.org.