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.
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.
Top Hilarious Memes After Kaun Thi Rap Got Viral
Recently, a Kaun Thi rap video created by Yashraj Mukhate featuring Kokila, Gopi and Rashi, the trio of daily soap Saath Nibhana Saathiya got viral on social media. After this, memers flooded social media with memes related to this video. If I will say ‘Ye Rashi thi’, you will instantly catch up what I am talking about, if you have remained updated with social media. The memes which are coming out are so typical but with each on them will make you laugh. Kudos to the effort of the memers that they popularized a scene from a daily soap which aired almost nine years back.
The viral video
The viral rap video which is burning the social media has been created by Yashraj Mukhate. He has edited the dialogues of Kokila in such a way that it sounds like a rap. He also gives her a sound effect and added music in the background to make it more fun. The scene involved a heated interrogation by Kokila from her daughter-in-law Gopi. She is seen asking who was in the kitchen. This ‘Tum thi, mein thi, Kaun tha?’ sequence has become really very popular among netizens. But the main question which is actually messing up with heads of people is ‘Why did Rashi place empty pressure cook on gas?’
A lot of memes have been created on Kokila, Gopi and Rashi after this rap got viral. Though this is not the first time that the memes on Saath Nibhana Saathiya are popularizing. Before this, memes on Gopi washing the laptop of her husband were also trending. But this time Rashi would be happy as she has taken over Gopi in popularity. Let us have a look at some of the top memes based on this monologue of Kokila which made us question ourselves ‘Rasode mein Kaun Tha?’ (Who was in the kitchen?)
The reaction of the entire social media community over Kokilaben’s interrogation
Rashi must be thinking about it now
Infinity stone as a metaphor for Chane
Have a look at Dhamal meme template now
Literally everyone in this world is concerned
The reaction of poor chane Rashi put aside
The stress is real
Zakir Khan feat Kokilaben
These trendy memes over social media have given origin to a new trend. If you are still unaware of this rap video, you are advised to watch it right now and appreciate the efforts of Yashraj. These memes are still flooding social media and earning popularity. Meanwhile, every Indian is still asking themselves. ‘Who was in the Kitchen?’
All Time Greatest Comic Actors
Comedy is the toughest form of acting and comic actors are well respected in the industry and by the people for their skillfull art. Some all-time famous comedians have not only helped us making good memories with our families but are still continuing to make us laugh. Let us have look at the top all-time famous comedians:
Any list of top comedians can not be completed with mention of Johnny Lever. He is the most loved comedian of Bollywood and is famous among all age groups. His style of comedy is very different from others which makes him top stand-up comedian as well. His role in Dulhe Raja, Koi Mil Gaya and Deewana Mastana is notably hilarious. His hilarious character in Golmaal series is also very famous.
Rajpal Yadav, the talented comedian is known for his performance in Chup Chup Ke. His combination with Paresh Rawal is still appreciated with the audience at large. His performances in Dhol and Mujhse Shadi Karogi are also notable. Rajpal Yadav as Gullu in Bhagam Bhag has also very famous. The way he makes comic faces is what makes his fans love his performances.
Paresh Rawal’s performance in Hera Pheri and Phir Hera Pheri as Babu Bhai has been appreciated most by the public. He started his career with negative roles but then he shifted to comic roles. Paresh Rawal has played iconic roles in many movies and is still playing comic roles. His role as Babu Bhaiya is immortal. He has also been awarded Padma Shri in 2014.
Vijay Raaz is in real terms, versatile actors. But most of his iconic roles are in comic in nature. His roles are short but highly effective. Recently, he was seen in Dream Girl as a police inspector. His role in Journey Bombay To Goa was also appreciated. He has also made his directorial debut in Bollywood with the movie “Kya Dilli Kya Lahore” in 2014. The most memorable role of Vijay Raaz is in Dhamal which has recently become a meme template.
This list can not be considered without mentioning Asrani. Asrani has worked in Bollywood for more than five decades which make him the eldest comedian in Bollywood. His acting skills are totally versatile and he has also received a number of awards for his movies. His role in Hera Pheri. Chup Chup Ke, Hulchul and Kamal Dhamal malamaal are notable.
Though this list was full of Comedians in Bollywood industry no list is completed without mentioning Mr Bean. Mr Bean is a character which has made our childhood memorable and taught us comedy is not about vocal jokes only. Actor Rowan Atkinson has made this character immortal and TV Series, movies and even animated adaption of Mr Bean was introduced.
Comedy is an art and comedian is an artist. Most of the comedians are respected in society as they bring smiles to the faces of viewers. This was a list of some of the talented Comedians who made us laugh on the top of our lungs many times.
Amazon Funnies, A Hilarious Watch
Amazon Funnies, in a nutshell, was 14 days of fun. It was an amazing idea to have 14 episodes with 14 different comedians of people’s choice. Stand-up comedy is not a new concept in India but it has evolved with time. Now we get to know more stand-up comedians than the past decade. The choice of the public in terms of comedy and jokes has also evolved. In simple words, in the race of being funny, only those survive who make people laugh. Amazon Funnies featured 14 top-level stand-up comedians to make people laugh.
The concept of the show was to feature 14 different comedians and giving each of the 10 minutes for their performance. The series compromised of 14 episodes, each filled with equal fun. Amazon Funnies premiered on 7 August 2020 on Amazon Prime Video. The stand-up comedians include Sapan Verma, Urooj Ashfaq, Nishant Tanwar, Anubhav Singh Bassi, Rahul Dua, Nishant Suri, Shreeja Chaturvedi, Rahul Subramanian, Sumukhi Suresh, Neeti Palta, Karthik Kumar, Sumit Saurav, Gaurav Kapoor, and Aishwarya Mohanraj. All of these are quite popular among stand-up fans. If you have watched Comicstaan, you will be already familiar with most of them. And in case you have not, then you will for sure be familiar with their jokes which have become meme templates now.
As all of the artist featuring in this series are extremely talented and popular, almost every episode was a different type of adventure. The episode of Karthik Kumar was complete of his style. He talked about tolerance in his signature style which everyone loves. Who does not like Anubhav Singh Bassi? His story about a schoolboy will make you laugh at the top of your lungs. Nishant Suri’s experience with his therapist will make you laugh in such a way no therapist can ever do. The journey to childhood with Rahul Subramaniam will make you smile at nostalgia.
Aishwarya Mohanraj will tell you how to win a breakup. This doesn’t end here, the rest are coming up with their own stories. The best part about Amazon Funnies is that it features artists with distinct styles. Also, giving them enough time to express themselves crisply allows them to connect with the viewer. It is a must-watch if you want to laugh this week.
Amazon Funnies is an amazing initiative by Amazon Prime to bring all the talented stand-up artists with distinct styles together. All of them have nailed their performances. So, instead of watching the episode of your favourite artist, watch them all and enjoy.