Indian Stand up Comedy: Mirror, Mirror on the Wall, Who’s the Funniest of Them All?
Comedy has played a significant role in the world of Indian cinema. It is hard to imagine the 90s without stars like Jaspal Bhatti, Johnny Lever and others gracing major blockbusters. Back then, movies were scripted for the comedic value, for the most part. However, despite the success of these stars, stand-up comedy has not had much luck making headway into the Indian limelight.
The general perception has been that the Indian society is conservative, and they would find it hard to consume politically incorrect, no holds bar and edgy humor. The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is helping turn this around. The show is India’s mainstream introduction to stand up comedy that is proving that there is plenty of talent out there. It also brought popularity to the idea of running stand up comedy at festivals, events and pubs. The show’s longevity shows that India’s comedy industry has come a long way, with a new generation of comedians redefining what it means to be funny.
Some of the best stand up comedians in India are listed below:
Also known as the rude boy of comedy, Vir Das is the cool guy making women laugh out loud at parties as he makes drinks for them. He is a cocky but successful stand up comedian and Bollywood actor. He employs shock humor in his acts that mainly revolve around adult-oriented themes. His ability to make his audience laugh at how they live a hypocritical and mundane life is what draws the numbers.
The biggest name in Indian stand up comedy presently is Kapil Sharma, with his own show, Comedy Nights with Kapil and has starred in a movie. He takes on an austere approach as he makes his jokes that are more familiar with the middle-class audience. Though he is not on a mission to educate the masses, he takes on the image of a friend who always seems to make you forget about how complicated life is with everyday humor you can connect with.
Serial radio prankster, Danish Seth, also happens to have a funny bone when on stage. His comedy is improvised, a skill that requires immense talent and courage. Danish always seems to pull of stuff with ease and a knack he has developed to an art from his early days of imitating and impersonating others. In the Indian stand up comedy scene, Danish has shown that there is variety in substance.
Unapologetic, brash and crude: that is Sorabh Pant. The co-founder of East India Comedy, Sorabh has played a significant role in boosting the Indian stand up scene. He has continuously pushed the boundaries of comedy to make it an acceptable avenue for humor that was considered offensive a couple of years ago.
With India’s comedy scene revolving, you will no longer have to endure the same routine things were talked about every time. The new breed of stand up comics is introducing new concepts that have and are keeping their audiences rolling with laughter every time they appear on stage.
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Post by Contributing Editor Mathews V P
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