Laughter Bug ?!

So as promised, I am here to write about Indian Stand up comics. Well, as I mentioned in the last entry, it has taken a long time for Indians to look at it as a real thing. It’s one thing to crack jokes at an office party and keep people from snorting drinks out of their noses, and totally another to have a paid gig… When you go up on the stage with a lot of people, who, by the way, paid a lot of money just to see you make them laugh, it is a different ball game altogether.

Please pardon me, but I am not going to talk about Raju Shrivastav or others on Comedy nights/circus because honestly, that has taken the standards way below the bed of pacific. It is literally a circus on the stage, these guys crack the same old jokes and the same old intonations…it is very boring in my view. On the other hand, there is some serious laughing around going on in the country. I have some of my personal favorites and I really think they should be getting a lot more attention than what they are, right now.

Let’s begin with the AIB crew, Tanmay Bhatt, seems like the guy behind the whole thing (I may be grossly mistaken). However, I like his take on things, you know, especially when he talks about Mumbai, you can relate to it. I mean that’s how comedy works right, we are all thinking it but nobody wants to say it. I am not going to discuss the AIB work, because this piece is strictly for Stand up. Moving on, I have taken a particular liking for Abish and Kenny(Kenneth Sebastian). I like them both because they have this boyish charm, and, also because they talk a lot about malayali culture and people (good-to-know-knowledge).

I love the bit where Kenny does the I-am-so-jealous-of-your-Hindu-Gods bit. Its something we have been poking fun at for a long time but it’s still funny. 😛 Abish, on the other hand, likes to talk more, like a conversation. I prefer that, because that gets more real. Plus, you get to see two people at the stage…I really wish he did more of roast kind of stuff.

Moving on, we have kanan gill and Biswa.

I started watching these two because of pretentious movie reviews, it’s kind of cool that they still think it’s worth putting it up there. Kind of like, what I am doing right now…absolutely useless (no body will call this literature) Any way, These guys all have one common trait, they are all very natural. And, to be honest, there is a lot of stuff that can be picked for stand up. I mean, India, literally is a very colorful country. So many people, so many things…it’s really hard to run out of topics.

I am really glad that we finally have a class of people who do real stand up comedy and I sincerely wish these guys make this lifestyle more popular to Indians. I can finally stop watching Russel peters’ reruns and take pride in it. Keep laughing 🙂

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Hey mom! Can I be a spaceman!

Hey guys,

Well I believe new year wishes are in order. So, happy new year!! I hope you guys partied really hard and well, had safe sex 😛

Coming to the first post of the year. I thought let’s talk about New year Resolutions. (Just Kidding! We know like Santa Claus) So, moving on, I thought we could talk about these new career prospects in town. yeah, well they are not new so much in the rest of the world but coming to the Indian society, yeah.

I have seen this new trend catching up in the Indian market, refreshing change, might I add. these new jobs are getting  more popular than ever. So I thought, let’s talk about it and who knows, you, yes you, whoever is reading this, gets inspired from it (*fingers crossed*)

So, let’s begin with the most glamorous and seemingly the easiest. BLOGGING. there I said it. there are blogs every where, and on everything(like what new jobs are in town :P). There are travel Blogs, food blogs, random people dissing sitcoms and movies and my personal favorite, scary stories (I recently found something called creepypasta). Anyway, apart from being particularly entertaining,now you can make money out of it. Obviously, like any other show biz idea, it is also very difficult to get really popular…Naah! I am just fooling around, it is actually quite easy unless you talk about some stuff people don’t want to read about (I am going to go in the corner and kill myself now)

Well, I honestly don’t have any clue on how easy it is to make money out of blogging but I hear a lot of people are doing it so, it must be easier than Rocket Science.

That done, let’s move on to the evil step sister of BLOGGING. Youtube-ing, if that’s a word. That my friends, is the new most hip thing in. It’s exactly like Blogging, except that you need a camera and someone to edit and put effects in your video and stuff, and also people get to see your stupid face. It’s definitely way more entertaining, if you know what I mean. But beware, since it takes absolutely zero effort, there are a lot of wannabes out there, just waiting to suck on your time. However, the leeches kept aside, it is not really a bad choice. One it caters to a wider net of audience, and, two, it is very responsive, so, you get like instant feedback. A lot of people who want to get into the entertainment industry are trying this out as their starting platform. People who have really wonderful ideas and don’t get a lot of attention, have taken to uploading videos on youtube, others just do random stuff and get views and likes and dislikes. Its a jungle out there 🙂

Moving on to a very closely related job (PS: I am not sure it gives you a lot, rather, any money) Youtube Haters. This particular genre of people like to go easy on life, and just sit on their behinds to dislike whatever anyone puts up there. If there is a video dissing women, they will put very strong hate comments beneath it, if they show women empowerment, this same set of people will hate it again, for being repetitive. If they  show boys in the dark light, its generalization?!!! Anyway, they hate every thing. Sometimes, I wonder if somebody pays them, you know just to keep the ball rolling.

Lastly, a bug that took a long time to reach India, Stand up Comedy. Now, I love this one so much I have decided to do a separate piece on it altogether. But just to things interesting, I will tell you, this couldn’t have been reality about 10 years ago. If I told my dad, I want to go up on a stage and make people laugh, he would’ve put me up for adoption. But now, people are more accommodating. They actually pay to go watch these nut jobs in action. I think, it is a very nice choice for people who have the wit, because it is very difficult to have Live audience in front of you, NOT laughing at your jokes.

Wow, that’s too long a read, so am gonna wind up now. I think, its great that we are coming to age with the rest of the world, after all, it’s just one life right.