I always bemoaned the lack of humor in Indian entertainment. I am sorry to say I grew out of Sardarji jokes early on in my life. Well, to be honest I was never into it. What passes as humor on Indian TV or cinema only makes me laugh in disbelief: they are just ridiculous. It is irony that I found laughter in the land of our oppressor. British writers are master of dry wit. Talking about laugh, I also have to confess that among all the corrupting cultural imports from the land of decadence called America I secretly enjoy their stand-up comedy. If that makes me a closeted comedy lover who is too eager to laugh with the enemy, then so be it.
The personal touch makes the stand-up comedy stand out: good stand-up comedy is born out of personal experience, mostly tragic and painful. It is refreshing to watch the transformation of that pain into pure pleasure – shared laughter. It is both refreshing and engaging. I am yet to find an Indian equivalent. Given the pain we suffer, Indian should be a fertile ground for stand-up comedians – instead of sit-down software engineers.
Recently I have noticed that a few people with connection to our sub-continent have ventured into the land of stand-up. Their observations about Indian and Indians made the enjoyable stand-up even closer to home. I thought of sharing a few samples with you. If you want I can share my other finds. Also please let us know the ones that made your tummy hurt – don’t be selfish, share the pain.
But before I end, here is some legal notice. If you find any content, in part or whole, offensive or derogatory to you, your people, or your culture; or find any of the remarks insulted your god, parents, or cousins, please feel free to be offended and insulted. It is your right to feel whatever you wish to. For the rest, just enjoy.
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Here is one featuring Russell Peters. He is popular, and there are plenty more clips. So check them out.
This one features Dan Nainan. This is a long one, and every second is enjoyable.
This one features Paul Chowdhry. If you enjoy your comedy a bit strong, check out his other clips. You won’t be disappointed.
Here is Papa Cj. He is from India; I mean he grew up here.
Here is a mix. Finally, there is a lady.
Here is Paul Varghese. If you like this one, check his other clips.
This one features Rajiv Satyal. Please skip the first 3mins.