Standup Comedy in India has suddenly gained extreme momentum and popularity. With tons of upcoming artists influencing the youth with their jokes, the comedy culture has certainly developed and gained fame through either YouTube, Netflix, and Amazon Specials. We have been a witness to some extremely hilarious standup sets in the past year. Thus, we bring to you a handpicked list of standup specials by your favourite artists in the town.
Let’s take a quick read before you burst into laughter.
Released in 2020 on Netflix
In his Netflix debut, Kenny Sebastian aims to be the most interesting person in the room, and hence his standup is based on the journey around it. This is an extremely fun take by the comedian who talks about how there will be someone who will always overpower you with his interesting self. Kenny in this standup special delivers his original charm and style.
He discusses a variety of cliché topics with a funny and interesting route. He talks about Indian’s paying attention to all the unwanted things, his childhood insecurities combined with his school life, Indian parents and children failing their expectations. Pulling it off in a Kenny style, this show also includes musical bits performed by him, where he subtly trashes lazy musicians and his verdict on Western and Indian classical music.
Released in 2020 on Netflix
Kanan Gill’s second standup special, Yours Sincerely explains the theme it seemingly revolves around. He goes back to his teenage life through a letter he wrote to himself at the age of 15. Kanan explains the idea that this show is not just for time-pass. Well at some points, he does achieve this idea very creatively.
In a very humorous take, this comedian in his standup special discusses extremely crucial topics like insecurities, suicide, bullying, and depression. There are several jokes which land, and there are some who do miss the mark. But overall, this special will keep you entertained through Kanan’s letter-writing journey and his fun takes on the incidents of childhood and school teachings.
Released in 2020 on Netflix
This is a very uniquely curated show of four accomplished female comedians who walk into a bar and have raised the bar for comedy. Ladies Up involves four sets of 15 minutes each. The four specials it features are:
- Kaneez Surka: ‘It’s Kaneez, Let Her Do’
- Supriya Joshi: ‘Love Hurts’
- Prashasti Singh: ‘Recently Empowered’
- Niveditha Prakasam: ‘Don’t Mind Me’
From promising punchlines to jokes that land back-to-back, these ladies have done it all. Prashati brings out the inner attachment towards her hometown and other jokes centred around her mother’s Facebook behaviour and her miseries with Tinder. Supriya Joshi pulls off her original charm and delivers her experience of being a Malad citizen, dating mishaps, flavoured contraceptives, and her pursuit of getting a perfect revenge body. Niveditha charms the audience with her self-deprecating humour, with some very relatable and some non-relatable punchlines, and her take on Sundar Pichai. Lastly, the ultimate improv champion Kaneez reveals her humorous and bold take on being a divorcee and her life as growing up in South Africa.
Released in 2020 on Amazon Prime Video
With his first-ever standup special, Rohan Joshi delivers to you nicely written jokes on common topics along with a check on your privilege and being political. It starts with Rohan assessing his age and turning 36. For a duration of 57 minutes, this special is a commentary on the present situations in our country.
He creatively talks about the failed Indian education system and the comparison of ICSE, CBSE, and SSC boards. He also talks about the pressure of marriage, existing patriarchy, how he never wants to have kids. This special is a powerful and relatable take on our privileged lives both socially and politically, and also a relatable content on self-awareness.
Released in 2019 on Amazon Prime Video
Known for her roles in Pushpavalli and Go Straight Take Left, Sumukhi Suresh in her first standup special Don’t Tell Amma discusses several topics that will crack you up. She has a unique style and a delivery pattern, which suits her performance material. To begin with she talks about growing up poor in Nagpur with the credentials of a rich person, her encounters, and angst towards rich people and engineers.
She gives a very creative take on the truth about Nutella and Khichdi. Finally, she wittily reveals her experiences with her mother which any Indian daughter will relate to at some point.
The one thing special about these standup specials is that all the comedians have managed to convey their unique writing and delivery on a wide range of topics. All of these specials, that have been released in the past few months are a worthy binge-watch, especially when you are finding ways to kill time during the pandemic. We recommend to you all of them to have an uncontrollable laughter session with your family and friends.
Top Memes On Tewatia’s Blistering Performance
Indian Premier League is one of the most-awaited and thrilling events that the citizens of India wait for throughout the year. Like most of the previous IPL seasons, this year also brought jitters, cringe moments, moments of fun and cheer but most importantly a Plethora of memes. Memes are the new trend that is raging the internet, be it for positive notions or negative. The incident with Rahul Tewatia slings clearly to the positive and the brighter side.
In the match between Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab, the latter team reached a mind-numbing scored which exceeded beyond 200 runs. The credit for this goes to none other than Mayank Agarwal who scored a quick century. When it was time for Tewatia’s batting, people became thought Rajasthan Royals will lose the match because the batsman kept missing the balls and had just 8 runs in 19 balls. But to the utter surprise of everyone, when Sheldon Cottrell came to bowl, Tewatia’s luck got the best of the situation. Tewatia hit five sixes in 6 balls. If this is not turning the game around, then I don’t know what it is.
Right after that the world of social media flooded its platform with positive memes.
Here Are Some Memes That Will Definitely Crack You Up
A Bit of Fun- This picture is taken from the famous comedy show “Comedy Nights with Kapil”. The picture itself is quite self- explanatory
“Hera Pheri” Fans round up
Hulk all the way – Tewatia is clearly being compared to the “smash” version of Hulk.
Leonardo Dicaprio to the rescue
The memes that were created after the win of Rajasthan Royals surely kept the spirits of the game active. The fun banter between both the teams was a pleasure to watch as well. We hope to see more such incidents.
IPL Fake Crowd Memes Are Still Trending
Seeing the current situation, it was evident from the very onset that there were going to be major changes in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL), one of the most anticipated events in the sports work. But what the audience did not expect is the fake additional cheers. The current IPL is being held at empty stadiums in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah and the management is doing their best to keep it virus free.
They aim of the added IPL Fake Crowd cheers and shouts of joy were meant to make the matches livelier, much like how it is done for sitcoms where we see fake laughter in the background. Many people compared the match to the popular sitcom F.R.I.E.N.D.S which is known for its background laugh. But what seems to work for the show did not work for IPL. People took it to social media platforms like twitter, Instagram and Facebook to criticize the move and made memes out of it.
Some of the most famous memes
Which Peshwa are you?
The old meme which is eternal
Hang in there audience
Nothing beats stand-up comedy
Overreaction is a way of life
Bollywood is here to up the meme game
The contexts of the memes are extremely self-explanatory. All of the above memes compares the fake artificial cheers to some bizarre or exaggerated situations to extract humor. Many audiences took to Twitter to complain about the same. One person wrote, “Do you need further proof that this is more about entertainment and less about cricket when there is a need to add the fake sound of audience cheering when the game is being played in front of empty stands!”
But all these issues where overshadowed by CSK’s win.
Beyonce Sharma Jayegi: Looks Like Bollywood Can’t Get Over Its Old Habit Of Racism
Looks like several dislikes on the youtube video is the new generation’s way of protest. Recently, Sadak 2 hit the milestone of being the most disliked videos. The newly released song “ Beyonce Sharma Jayegi “ from the Bollywood movie Khaali peeli could be the next winner. Filmmaker of the movies recently launched the song starring Ananya Pandey and Ishaan Khattar. The song is getting special attention specifically one of the lyrics, “Tujhe dekh ke goriya, Beyonce bhi Sharma jayegi”, which translates to “with one look at you, oh fair lady. Even Beyonce will be embarrassed”.
Indians apologized to Beyoncé
This song has taken a Strom over internet by netizens giving all sorts of disagreements for the song. Trending on the internet is “we are sorry Beyonce”, people have said that what kind of embarrassment this song talks about? The second-hand embarrassment of Beyonce or the embarrassment of Indians that lead them to apologize to Beyonce.
Keeping aside the humour, the song has also raised questions over the racism in Bollywood which is clearly reflected in Bollywood movies and songs which was forever prevalent and continues to date. The idea of Bollywood selling the word”gori or goriya” is the clear remark of widespread racism and portrayal of fair as beautiful and being dark as “ugly” has long continued in Bollywood.The famous song from old times “hum kale hain to kya Hua, Dil wale hain” meaning, “it doesn’t matter if I am black, since I have a big heart” shows the prevalence of racism rooted way back and looks like the trend away from being over.
Netizens slammed Bollywood over racism
Netizens have described the song as extremely regressive and racist as it uses the colour to degrade a woman. The people are very upset with Bollywood for promoting the comparison based on colour. “How can they write lyrics like that using the fair as an adjective while comparing a black woman? Are we still having this discussion in 2020”? Some even jokingly said that Beyonce has a record of never losing any lawsuit and warned Zee Music Company, in case Beyonce decides to sue them.
Some even slammed Bollywood saying that supporting the movement of “black lives matter” and then releasing a song like this. People said that it is a serious issue and reflects the problem in India where “fair” is described as feminine beauty and a standard of beauty. People described Bollywood as one of the major reasons and promoters of this kind of behaviour.
In regard, to all these debates going on, Khali Pelli director Maqbool Khan said that the song is not racist. He said that he apologizes if anyone felt offended”. He said that the song doesn’t discriminate on skin colour. He said Goriya is a casual word often and traditionally used to address an Indian girl in movies and songs. Which is actually the problem people are talking about.
People are however not satisfied as the problem they highlighted has been stated as something normal by the makers of the film.
Bollywood, which has a very prominent impact on Indian people and many others around the world. Being such a big industry, Bollywood needs to be more careful and not normalize such issues. Racism is a big problem and offensive songs like these are alarming.
PUBG Ban Becomes A Global Top Trend On Twitter
PUBG ban has become a global top trend on Twitter after the Government banned it along with 118 Chinese apps. PUBG has been banned due to ongoing border tension between India and China in the Ladakh region. Though the Government has banned more than 100 apps, yet the ban of PUBG is in vogue. Netizens have started trending PUBG on Twitter and it has become a global trend. There were overall 33 million players of PUBG in India and it will also affect the market of PUBG.
Ban of apps
Government has banned PUBG along with 118 Chinese apps due to ongoing tensions in the Ladakh region. This is not the first time that the Government has banned Chinese apps. Even before this, Government had banned many Chinese apps in June which included widely used apps like Tiktok, WeChat, CamScanner and many more. Tiktok ban was also a trend on social media platforms for a long time but the ban of PUBG has created a global trend on Twitter.
PUBG as a global trend
Netizens have been trending PUBG ban on Twitter. A lot of memes have also been created about the ban and here are a few posts about the ban of PUBG in India.
Players of PUBG rushing towards other games
Tiktokers be like
The reaction of Indian Parents
Man ki Badhas
Indian Parents and Modiji
Tiktokers teasing PUBG players
PUBG is globally very famous app but it had 33 million players in India. It is very bad news for PUBG as they have lost the high position they were enjoying in the gaming market of India. The players of PUBG are also disappointed but memers have left this chance to make iconic PUBG ban memes.
Hera Pheri Series Our Favorite Meme Template
Hera Pheri Series was one of the most hilarious movies. BothHera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri, its broke several box-office record. Phir Hera Pheri was released almost in 2006 but even today, you can not skip watching it. The movie which made our childhood memorable and is still making our adulthood better by serving as meme template. Almost every other scene in the movie has been converted to a meme template. Every day, most of the memes on your social media are related to Bera Pheri Templates and the best part is that memers generally cease to make memes on a particular template after it goes out of trend, but Phir Hera Phir never goes out of trend.
Phir Hera Pheri was released in the year 2006 as a sequel to Heri Pheri. The movie has been directed by Neeraj Vora. The movie is known for its comic characters and their hilarious acting. The plot of the movies revolves in such a way that every other scene in the movie is iconic. It is an injustice to not mention Babu Bhaiya separately. Babu Bhaiya has been the soul of the movie. The movie is equally funny when you watch it for the first time and hundredth time. The only complaint of the fans is regarding the third part of the movie. It has been announced but not yet released.
Hera Pheri Series as Meme Template
Phir Hera Pheri is one of the oldest meme trends when memers began to use movie scenes and dialogues to create memes. Almost every other scene of the movie can become a successful meme. Usually, a meme template goes viral and then goes out of use after some time. But Phir Hera Pheri meme templates are immortal. They are continuing as successful meme templates even today. Let us have a look at some of the top and hilarious meme templates of Phir Hera Pheri.
Paisa hi paisa hoga
Main abhi dastakht kar deta hoon
Inke haath mein sone ka katora dedo phir bhi ye bheek maangenge
Jor jor se bolke sabko scheme bta de
Abe merko bhi andar lo
50 rupeyaa kaat overacting ka
Beta ek zamana tha jb ham bhi garib hua karte the
Bilkul risks ni lene ka
To sabko dikhana padega na
These were a few famous meme templates of Phir Hera Pheri but in reality, there are meme templates of almost every scene of the movie. The movie is immortal and we hope these memes will keep making us smile forever.