ARTS, CULTURE

First Stand Up Comedy in English Language to be held in Sarajevo

 

Pedja Bajović is an artist who had his performances in more than 25 countries, both in the Balkans and overseas and will present himself to Sarajevo audience on October 31st at 20:00 o’clock at the Shelter Pub (Strosmajerova 3 Street).

“I’m the first stand-up comedian from this part of the world to participate in the prestigious Seattle International Comedy Competition 2012 and later on at the equally sexy Funniest Person in the World Competition 2016. Did I make it far? Are you kidding?! You must be a comedian yourself! No? Then do not joke about it! I’m a bit touchy on that subject…,” Mr.Bajovic says.

“Eventually I became the first stand-up comedian from this region to produce his own comedy special in English, and it is titled The Balkan Brain. Go figure! So, in producing stuff I tend to be the first in this part of the world: a first ever DVD edition – a box edition for that matter! (2011), first cross-border comedy tour (2012), first national tour in Croatia (2009) and in Bosnia and Herzegovina (2012) etc… Yeah, it’s better to be right than first, but let me tell you – this guy was the first!”

So, I’m a somewhat proud owner of a long-lasting and eventually cured professional identity crisis. In my four plus decades of life, I was the guy who was an air force cadet, a journalist, a radio host, a humanitarian and a public officer, an activist, an interpreter, a manager and more… and it all led to the final outcome of becoming a producer and a stand-up comedian.

It has lasted since 2005 and is still rolling. One review stated: “His Master’s Degree in Communications from Ohio University makes him show off more than necessary. Nevertheless, people manage to survive this display of innocent bragging. What is less innocent is Pedja himself. The proof he did “it” at least twice in his lifetime are two beautiful daughters brought to him by his wife, a true pillar of the house. Otherwise they would live in a tent, and a leaky one for that matter”. Many thanks to the author! I wonder who that one might be…

Mr. Bajovic is one of the founders of the Croatian and Bosnian stand-up comedy scenes and a strong participant in the development of the regional scene, which covers the whole of former Yugoslavia, where all nations now either speak or at least understand the same language, even though it now has four different names.

His production is titled Komedija s nogu (which is for sure the clumsiest translation of the English term ‘stand-up comedy’, but we had to name it somehow!) is now more focused on video production.

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