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Funny Business: One Yale MBA’s Route From McKinsey to Comedy

Funny Business: One Yale MBA???s Route From McKinsey to Comedy
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Most stand-up comics don’t have a résumé like Anish Shah’s. The Yale MBA and former McKinsey consultant began performing at open-mic nights in 2011 and booked enough shows thereafter to leave his job at IBM and hit the road full-time. His niche, of course, is telling jokes about the corporate world, which led to development of the “B-School Made Me Funny” tour. Shah played more than 40 shows in cities near business schools, including the Yale School of Management, Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business, the Thunderbird School of Global Management, and UCLA’s Anderson School of Management before ending in New York last week. He spoke about the tour with Bloomberg Businessweek’s Erin Zlomek. Below are edited excerpts of their conversation.

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