City stands up for comedy

Chetna Dua, Hindustan Times

Going for an evening of live music or just drinks to a pub or restaurant is passé. Stand-up comedy shows by amateurs or professionals are proving to be big crowd pullers in the city, with at least four to five comedy gigs happening across the city every week. “When I started the open mic nights for comedy two years ago, people hardly knew about this concept. Now, there are comedy nights in every nook and corner of the city each week,” says Raghav Mandava, comedian and founder of the comedy group, Cheese Monkey Mafia. “The USP of stand-up comedy is that it is based on reality. We joke about everyday situations like traffic jam, politics and gender dynamics. It helps people laugh at their woes and look at the lighter side of life,” says Neeti Palta, a comedian.

Pubs and restaurant owners now count comedy nights as a sure-shot way of attracting crowds. “We have started comedy nights last month and got more than 250 people for the first performance,” says Atul Kapoor, owner, QBA. “People are now more interested in stand-up comedy than a couple of years ago. Comedy nights help us pull in new people every time and ensure good footfall even on a weekday,” says Amit Tandon, partner, Mindcafe.

Three years ago, English stand-up comedy was a new concept for people in India. People usually saw such shows on YouTube or in comedy clubs when they traveled abroad. But, the city now boasts of having 10-15 stand-up comedians. “Unlike Hindi comedy, which is more old-world, we focus on issues that youngsters face, like sex, religion, office politics and weddings,” says Rajneesh Kapoor, a comic strip writer.

Words of Demise by Cheese Monkey Mafia 
When: August 12, 7.30pm
 Tickets: Rs.200, Rs.300, Rs.400 
available at the venue 
Where: Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon


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