The Splendid Journey Of Stand-Up Comedy In India

Laughter is one of the most elevating emotions and can brighten up things instantly between two strangers. This is the reason why it’s not just a form of expression but also entertainment for a large audience in and around the world. While we all have enjoyed binge-watching our favorite comedy movies, the source of good comedy is not just movies anymore.


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Stand-up comedy is changing all rules and tickling funny bones all over India. Be it Russell Peters, George Carlin, Johnny Lever, Raju Srivastav, or the newer generation of comics, we all have laughed ourselves silly and loved every bit of their insult comedy, slapsticks and anecdotes.

But that’s not how it always was. The earliest form of Stand-Up Comedy that we know in India was quite traditional and limited to local areas. The culture caught up in the 1920s when “Hasya Kavi Sammelan” became a thing that people came together to enjoy. There were many who never got their due but there were some like Surendra Sharma who gave remarkable performances that our etched in our hearts.


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Before the early 2000s, the art form was more or less, limited to a few. There were people like Johnny Lever who started as a stand-up comic but the best thing that could happen to a stand-up comic then was to land in Bollywood. And even then, rarely did they get the respect that a lead actor would get.

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Around 2005, things started going uphill. With back to back hit seasons of shows like The Great Laughter Challenge, in early 2005, we saw a massive shift in entertainment consumption, especially Comedy. It was almost a rebirth and the concept of standup comedy caught fire in India. Be it Sunil Pal’s impersonation, Ahsan Qureshi’s satire, or Raju Srivastav’s observational comedy, people got hooked to their TV screens and these comedians became an instant hit!


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The love for Stand-up comedy has grown so much that comedians can now work independently. Besides getting respect and immense popularity, they are making more money than comics could ever make.

In India, there are umpteen artists such as Tanmay Bhatt, Kanan Gill, Neeti Palta, Vir Das, Kapil Sharma, Papa CJ, Vipul Goyal, Zakir Khan, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kenny Sebastian, Aditi Mittal, Radhika Vaz, East India Comedy, Sumukhi Suresh and many more who are not just active but are very successful independently and otherwise.



From Saturday nights to big corporate events, Stand-up Comedy events are matching up with all other types of entertainment. If you’re looking for something to do this weekend, check out these stand-up comedy gigs on Paytm here and be assured that they’ll leave you in splits!



Do let us know who are your favorite comic artists of all times.