Raju Srivastava was born on 25 December 1963, in Kanpur, India in a middle class Kayastha family. His father was a poet, Mr. Ramesh Chandra Srivastava known as Balai Kaka. Being a good mimic, Raju wanted to become a comedian since childhood. Srivastav has performed in stage shows in India and abroad. He also launched a series of his audio cassettes and video CDs. He gained initial notice as an Amitabh Bachchan look-alike. He started his career by doing small roles in Bollywood films. He had a part in the Rajshri movie Maine Pyar Kiya and other small roles in various movies such as Baazigar & Bombay to Goa. He worked as an actor cum comedian with Bollywood movie Aamdani Atthani Kharcha Rupaiyaa. He entered comedy in the talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and finished as second runner-up, subsequently taking part in the spin-off, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge – Champions, in which he won the title of “The King of Comedy”.