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 🙂