Stand-up comedy is a comic style in which a comedian performs in front of a live audience, usually speaking directly to them. The performer is commonly known as a comic, stand-up comic, stand-up comedian, or simply a stand-up. In stand-up comedy, the comedian usually recites a grouping of humorous stories, jokes and one-liners typically called a monologue, routine, or act. Some stand-up comedians use props, music, or magic tricks to “enhance” their acts. Stand-up comedy is often performed in comedy clubs, bars and pubs, nightclubs, neo-burlesque, colleges, and theatres. Outside live performance, stand-up is often distributed commercially via television, DVD, CD and the internet.
Here are top 10 Indian stand-up comedians of 2017:
Varun Thakur is one of the leading Stand-up comedians of India. He is the co-founder of SnG (Schitzengiggles) YouTube channel. He started doing comedy after his friends signed him up for an open mic night, which he wound up winning. The Schitzengiggles YouTube channel has more than 650,000 subscribers. You can watch Varun’s special on Amazon Prime which goes by the name “Vicky This Side Varun That Side”.
Instagram Handle: Varun Thakur
YouTube channel: SnG Comedy
Here’s a sneak-peek from one of his videos:
Vir Das is an Indian Bollywood actor, YouTube personality, and comedian. Born in Dehradun, he was raised in Africa. It was at Knox that Das first explored stand-up comedy with his first (1-1/2 hour) special, Brown Men Can’t Hump, which debuted in Knox’s Harbach Theatre. And seems like he hasn’t looked back after that. His Netflix special named “Abroad Understanding” has gained many positive reviews. The special was shot at two places. Half at New Delhi, and the other half in New York City.
Instagram Handle: Vir Das
YouTube channel: Vir Das
Here’s a small part of his special:
Zakir Khan is an Indian stand-up comedian, writer, and presenter. In 2012, he rose to popularity by winning Comedy Central’s India’s Best Stand Up Comedian competition. He has also been a part of a news comedy show, On Air with AIB. He comes from a humble background and credits his father with being supportive of his talent. He also has a special that goes by the name of “Haq Se Single“. In Haq Se Single, Zakir’s narrative takes you through his own journey of becoming the ultimate #SakhtLaunda. The guy who’s survived rejection, love, heartbreak, and adulthood – who’s single and proud of it.
Instagram Handle: Zakir Khan
YouTube Channel: Zakir Khan
Have a look at one of his best performances:
Born and Raised across different cities in India, Kenneth Sebastian is a Musician, Filmmaker and a Stand Up Comedian. Kenny started making films since the age of 15 and by age 23, He had written and directed 12 short films, Edited two major Indian Motion Pictures (“STATION” and “Joint Trip”). He released a self-produced acoustic blues album called “Balance” while he was in college. Now currently a full time Stand Up Comedian, He has performed across the country & also toured America with Abish Mathew performing in New York at the prestigious New York Comedy Club, Laughing Skull in Atlanta, West Side Comedy Theater in Los Angeles. Kenneth released a one hour stand up comedy special on Youtube called “Journey to the Center of My Brain” one of the first comedians in India to do so. Kenny also has an Amazon Prime special named “Don’t Be That Guy“.
Instagram Handle: Kenny Sebastian
YouTube Channel: Kenny Sebastian
You will surely laugh after watching this:
Abish Mathew is one of the most experienced and unique comedians in the country. His performances are littered with funny original songs, silent enacted one-man sketches, online
shows, improv and stand up that keep his style of comedy fresh and thoroughly entertaining. Abish has performed as a headliner comic for comedy companies like Weirdass Comedy, The Papa CJ Comedy Company, East India Comedy, Schitzengiggles and many more. Abhish Mathew is widely known for All India Bakchod and as the star of Son of Abish. He was born on February 28, 1987. He has performed his jokes internationally from New York to Holland.
Instagram Handle: Abish Mathew
YouTube Channel: Abish Mathew
Here’s a look at one of his episodes from Son Of Abish:
Kanan Gill is an Indian stand-up comedian, actor, and YouTuber. He won the Punch Line Bangalore Competition. He is known for the YouTube series, Pretentious Movie Reviews where he reviews flawed yesteryear Bollywood films along with fellow stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath. The first movie that they reviewed was Gunda followed by other movies like “Hum Saath Saath Hain”, “Prem Aggan”, “Aap Ka Suroor” and “Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge”. He was one of the main personalities behind the YouTube Comedy Hunt and also co-hosted the YouTube FanFest India. He made his debut on the big screen with the movie Noor alongside Sonakshi Sinha. Gill’s “Keep It Real” was released on Amazon Prime earlier this year.
Instagram Handle: Kanan Gill
YouTube Channel: Kanan Gill
A small look from his special:
Aditi Mittal is an Indian stand-up comedian, actress, and writer. One of the first women to do stand-up comedy in India, Aditi has been rated amongst India’s top 10 stand-up comedians by The Times of India. She is featured in CNNIBN.com as top 30 witty, intelligent and incredibly funny Indian women to follow on Twitter. Aditi has written columns and articles in Grazia Men magazine, DNA and Firstpost.com and Financial Times (UK, Weekend Edition). Mittal’s special “Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say” is available on Netflix.
Facebook Page: Aditi Mittal
YouTube Channel: Aditi Mittal
Biswa Kalyan Rath:
Biswa Kalyan Rath is an Indian stand-up comedian, writer, and YouTuber. He came into prominence through a YouTube comedy series, Pretentious Movie Reviews with a fellow comedian Kanan Gill. He played a cameo role in Brahman Naman, and another minor role in his show, Laakhon Mein Ek. Biswa has a self-titled special streaming on Amazon Prime.
Instagram Handle: Biswa Kalyan Rath
YouTube channel: Biswa Kalyan Rath
Have a look at one of his videos:
A brand manager turned comedian, Rahul is an IT graduate who is currently working with AIB. He features in most of their videos. The Honest Engineering Series from AIB starring Rahul Subramanian is a must watch.
Instagram Handle: Rahul Subramanian
YouTube Channel: Random Chikibum
See him making jokes on MBA and Break-ups:
Atul Khatri is one of India’s most successful Standup Comedians and YouTube personality. Khatri was rated among the top Indian comedians by CNN-IBN and was the only Indian to perform in the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival (Sep 2014). He is also the winner of the “CEO’s Got Talent” award by FremantleMedia.
Instagram Handle: Atul Khatri
YouTube Channel: Atul Khatri
Here’s a video from his YouTube channel:
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