Indian Stand up comedy- An old book with new spicy, rich and varied flavored content.
Internet being a second best friend and first and only teacher to know it all, happens to interact with us using its varied forms may it be social media or may it be information forums or may it be visual interactive format. Indian Stand-up comedy community is now using this facility extensively to reach out as many people as possible and Youtube is acting as their most trusted guy like Che Guevara was to Fidel Castro. Now all that is to be done is to generate a good idea, script it, make a video and hand it over to Youtube and then Youtube will take it on a world wide tour.
If one would review not much but just the span of 10 years, it would be observed that in this decade the Indian comic community has stop being restricted to main line Bollywood cinema and is acquiring space not only on national television but that too at prime time. Shows like Comedy circus, The great Indian Comedy show, Laughter Challenge and Comedy nights with Kapil Sharma has been the most prominent and promising stand up comedy shows over the years featuring some of the best stand up artist such as Raju Shrivastav, Kapil Sharma, Bharti Singh, Sudesh Lehri, Krushna Abhishek, Sunil Pal, Cyrus and few more.
But now Indian audience is been subjected to a new platform of stand up comedy shows that is Youtube or stand up shows organised at various cities in auditoriums or on theater stages. All India Bakchod, a group owing a channel on Youtube naming it TVF, is one of the most trending Youtube channel among Indian audience for some time now in the field of comedy and satirical videos. Some of its best appreciated work is Chai Sutta Chronicles, which features the comic and bewildering practical use of Chai (Tea) and Sutta (Cigarette) among India's current generation. Some other notable works of AIB are TVF qtiyapa and The Pitchers.
Apart from AIB, the other trending stand up shows that float on Youtube are Son of Abish featuring Abish Mathew. Stand Up comics like Kenny Sabastian, Denial Fernandes, Abhijit Ganguly, Zakir Khan, Kanan Gill, Biswa, Jose, Neeti Palta and Aditi Mittal are some renowned names who perform on stage and runs their Youtube channels too. Vir Das is one bollywood main stream actor who is also famous for his comic performances on stage as a stand up comedian.
Along with several promising acts that these stand up artist put up, website like Youtube has made is very much easy to access their work. They not just come up with variety of new shows and original idea to entertain the audience ranging from every phase of age but also address some of the current issues in most satirical method possible. This format is somewhat becoming useful to connect with youth and acknowledge their current state of mind. At last, anyone who-so-ever is been address by this new format and new genre of comedy by these new artists, no matter how serious or silly the topics are ends up giggling. And the magic is considered to run its course.