‘CURRY King’, Charan Gill MBE, will play it for laughs when he launches a new career as a stand-up comedian when he takes to the stage at The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow on Tuesday 14th October.
The former shipbuilder who founded his Harlequin Leisure Group in Glasgow in 1994 and built it into Europe’s largest chain of Indian restaurants before selling it in a multi-million pound deal in 2005 is now to determined to breakthrough in the notoriously cut-throat world of stand up comedy.
Commenting on what inspired him to embark upon such a radical career move, Charan said: “I was in The Stand Comedy Club in Glasgow scouting for a comedian to book for The Hottest Night of the Year, the annual charity fundraiser I organise, when I had an epiphany and realised that I’d always wanted to be a comic.
“When I sold my restaurants I was looking for fresh challenges – and being a stand-up comedian is certainly a fresh challenge!”
Charan’s comedy routine will centre on Glasgow’s love for curry and give a humorous insight into what goes on in Indian restaurants on an average Saturday night.
“Believe me – I’ve got plenty of material!” he said. “And, who knows, today The Stand, tomorrow I could be headlining at The London Palladium, so all booking agents looking for a laugh better make sure they’re in the audience on Tuesday 14th!”
Following the sale of his restaurant empire, Charan’s next move was to pen his autobiography, ‘Tikka Look at me Now’, star in the hit Channel 4 TV series, The Secret Millionaire, and to open Scotland House in Delhi. Last yea,r he acquired The Quay Complex in Musselburgh and, earlier this year, became non-executive director of Noah Beers in Glasgow.
Charan is also renowned for his many charitable works. For the past decade, he has hosted The Hottest Night of the Year, the legendary annual celebration of all that’s best in the worlds of showbiz, sport, politics and business in Glasgow.
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