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12:00 AM, August 14, 2015 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, August 14, 2015

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What would have happened if Yamin Khan remained trapped in the role of a banker, typing away on his computer? The country would have missed out on his comedic genius, exhibited through his shows – that's what would have happened.  

As a student of Scholastica International School, he would always crack witty one-liners, eliciting sprouts of laughter from his friends and teachers! His was an expert at mimicry, impersonating different teachers and students. His good sense of humour, along with his stage friendly persona, earned him the title of the class clown during his school days. This class clown, Yamin Khan, is one of the few names making a big splash in the growing comedy scene of our country today. Many of his fans look forward to laughing at his jokes during his live performances at Naveed's Comedy Club. We also hear him on Radio Foorti where he has his own show, Bhallagsey Tai.  This young talented comedian also provides humour content for Foorti, writes humour columns for English dailies and creates digital content for various corporations. 

Apart from these professional affiliations, for his creative satisfaction, he runs a YouTube channel called Gold Digger Entertainment, where he uploads his online comedy road show.  

After finishing his graduation in Accounting and Finance from the University of Warwick, he came back to Bangladesh and started working as a fulltime banker. But Khan believed in the “follow your heart” mantra and decided to work primarily as a comedian. It was a tough decision, as our country was not quite familiar with terms like stand-up comedy or comedian, and comedy clubs at that time.

There were two excellent reasons as to why he left his job as a banker and took up stand-up comedy as a profession. 

First of all, he never wanted to be a part of the mad race that aimed at better living conditions and financial security. Secondly, he discovered that his job as a banker was not a good fit for him as he always wanted to do what he was good at - comedy. 

“I believe that a prerequisite to become happy is linking your purpose and passion with your work,” says Khan. “Because until and unless you love what you do, you will never have the drive from within to give you the best day, every day, for a long period of time. Other factors like money and social acceptance can never replicate this natural phenomenon. If you are passionate about your work, you'll keep going, regardless of your achievements, and be happy in the process. Hence, it's very important to follow your passion in life because if you don't do that, you'll be cheating yourself without even realising it.”

Apart from some criticism from people who don't believe in this offbeat career option, Khan's journey of making people happy has been quite trouble free so far.

Khan's dream is to be the Santa of our comedy scene, as he wants to spread cheerfulness and good spirit all over the country. Even though he is involved in various types of work, he recognises himself primarily as a comedian. His future plan is to take this art form to a bigger audience in the country and thereby, help it grow. “Because right now it is only followed by a handful of people around the Gulshan-Baridhara locality, which only represents a tiny fraction of the whole country,” he said. He pauses for a while. “With this in mind, I am working towards organising a road show where we'll travel all over the country, performing for people who have no clue that we exist. Because until and unless the industry grows, not many people will be able to take it professionally and we'll not be able to do true justice to our efforts,” he concludes.

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