How To Find Meaning in Life With Physics And Comedy

This is the story of up-and-coming physicist and comedian Rupesh Mahore.

Einstein had once famously said, "You are living, you have mass and you occupy space. Hence, you matter... unless you multiply yourself by the speed of light twice, then you energy!"

Relax, it is just a silly physics joke.

But if you have chuckled to yourself after reading it, then you are in good company. Because according to physicist and comedian Rupesh Mahore, physics and comedy have helped him find purpose in life.

How so?

Like others in India, Rupesh was brought up and trained to believe that engineering was the most respected profession ever. After years of severe hard work he managed to enter one of the top institutes in the country, IIT-Delhi.

And to pursue what again? A bachelors degree in textile technology. Rupesh didn't even know if that was a thing, to be honest!

Fast forward to today, Rupesh is a physics student at NIT Rourkela instead and at the same time one of the popular faces in Eastern India's comedy circuit having shared the stage with likes of Zakir Khan, Atul Khatri, Sorabh Pant and others.

A trio of comics

Leading English daily The Times of India has described his humour as "intellectual and authoritative".

But besides being a comic, Rupesh is an educator as well. He says, "When teaching physics, there is deep honesty and integrity if I am able to deliver fundamentals of the universe to a student and give a better perspective to it."

Rupesh has worked under the guidance of Professor H.C. Verma, best-selling author of Concepts of Physics. Considering his research on materials science Rupesh has been selected to work at Indian space agency's Laboratory of Electro Optical Systems (LEOS) where he would be working for the mission of Chandrayaan-2.

With Prof. H.C. Verma

But in order to be where he is at today, Rupesh has had to make bold decisions in the past.

He dropped out of engineering college in 2016, "If it wasn't for physics, I wouldn't be here," Rupesh adds. Convincing his family and asking for their support was a difficult phase in life.

Talking about it further, he says, "In India, most of the parents and students are not aware of the diverse fields of career choices available which lead to students ending up in a flock. We need to see sciences and arts in the right manner to actually live the best life possible."

After dropping out, Rupesh started teaching physics to high school students in his locality earning a bare minimum. Then, one thing led to another and he began performing on stage.

canvas laugh club

In the midst of recognition and fame on stage, Rupesh did not forget his love for physics though. To carry out his interests in it, he joined the course of integrated physics at NIT in Rourkela. Here, he completed writing his first research paper on nano-fabrication.

Rupesh says, "For me, physics has allowed me to understand the world for better and stand-up comedy a liberating art form has given me solace."


  1. What an inspirational story! Hats off to him for having the guts to follow his passion beating the odds. Would love to attend his shows. An inspiration to the youth like me.

  2. It has been a proven fact that most of the physicist and persons having physics background have great sense of humor. For example Einstein, Feynman etc.

  3. Akriti BhattacharyaMay 24, 2019 at 12:24 AM

    I remember meeting him after his show in Kolkata last year. He has some great wisdom about life and relationship. What a guy!

  4. Proud to have a friend like him. I have seen him struggle with life for some choices he made. He came out bravely and brilliantly. Inspirational


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