THE INDIAN STAND UP COMEDIAN

After Papa CJ and Russell Peters, we get to see the Bharatiya Culture Observatory Board aka the Indian Stand Up Comedian Collective splashing colours on some canvas, tuning up some forks and going cuckoo over tolerance/intolerance debates.

No, it’s not jokes that they drop, but a glob of everyday experiences they come across, which we, the usual folk, let go of. Stand Up Comedy is nothing but a running commentary of your daily lives that you can’t really ignore.

Well, first things first!

The first thing that an American comedian would probably do after his/her first gig is to celebrate or mourn depending on how the audience reciprocated to the performance. And the first thing an Indian Standup comedian does after his/her first gig is that they change their facebook profile to a facebook page. Quite an observation!

If you are part of the comedy circuit, you have to share your counterparts’ upcoming show without expecting him to invite you to his podcast. Collaboration, you see. Standup comedy is not an easy job, you have to keep your hand over the mic stand before you drop the punchline to entertain a crowd high on beer. Also, if you are solo, there are chances that you get called to answer some big questions or express your outrage.

When comedians talk about the lifestyle in metro cities, why the hell do they have to repeat the name of the city 3 times. “Bangalore,,, Bangalore,, Bangalore is a unique city”. Why?. “Bangalore is a unique city” is sufficient — you are talking to people high on beer, not shroom.

Advertisers now are more or less successful in poaching popular comics to give a one-minute rant about their experience and conclude with a hard-hitting brand connect; be it bachelorism, home-hunting woes or online grocery shopping. It’s cost and content-efficient as compared to 8-digit celebrity endorsements. Not to forget, they are the new Geeky Ranjits, it’s just that they are bad openers, and what they do is not unboxing, but postmortem.

Thanks, you have been a lovely audience!

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