Stand up comedy has started receiving an overwhelming response among the Indian audience, especially the youth. There are more than 40 very extraordinary stand-up comedians in the country, to go by numbers.
Stand up comedy is a form where the comedian performs in front of a live audience. The performer is also termed as simply a stand-up, stand-up comic or even comic. They are the ones who recites strings of stories, jokes, monologues, one- liners, or plays out some act to entertain audience keeping humor as their playground. These stand-ups have a remarkable sense of words and usage of pun everytime they speak. In fact, they are world players who makes a lot of point with their tool of humor alone. It is an act of commendable vigor and risk at the same time to talk about any topic in today’s world and not to intimidate any of their audience and still carve your views out loud and clear.
These comedians mostly earn their livelihood by satiating the laughter hunger of the masses. Stand up is not as easy as it’s thought of, as it takes many supportive skills for them to be one such as observation, oratory skills, intelligence, the authenticity of thoughts, comedy timing, dialogue delivery, promptness of finding humor in any given situation and USP, of course.
There are many platforms which open up a wide opportunity for stand-ups these days. Some stand-ups even make use of props and music to add to their acts and to present ideas in more artistically. In short, stand ups are highly creative beings who have the ability to make their audience go insane with laughter outbursts and sheer joy! The Internet have been a great booster to their work of art, which is letting their wave of humor reach a gigantic audience in India and abroad.
It is easy to be serious than being humorous. Making even the arduous of the beings laugh is a herculean task and to some it flows naturally. In this article we have rounded up the list of Top 10 Standup Comedians in India, here have a look!
10. Vir Das
Before hitting the silver screen as an actor, Vir Das made his debut in Bollywood industry through stand-up comedy. He had explored stand up comedy long back when he was in the US. Vir had casted more than 35 plays, 100 stand-ups comedy shows, 6 comedy specials serials, 8 TV shows, and also many Bollywood movies.
He has been awarded many coveted titles for his stand ups and has secured the tenth position in the list of Top 10 Stand up Comedians in India.
9. Papa CJ
He won the award as ‘Asia’s Best Stand-up Comedian’ by Kuala Lumpur’s magazine named, Top 10. Papa CJ is a full time traveling stand-up comedian and has performed in more than five continents.
He has also been seen on many multiple TV channels in India and has been recognized as India’s one of the popular stand-up comedian known. Papa CJ was the first Indian comedian who was invited to do a solo show at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival.
8. Biswa Kalyan Rath
Known for his Youtube series where he reviews Bollywood films with his fellow stand-up comedian Kanan Gill. His show named Pretentious Movie Reviews series of videos went viral on Youtube and gave him a sizable popularity in India.
It was after graduating from IIT Kharagpur, and quitting his job from Oracle he opted fofull timeme comedian. He has also performed many solo stand-ups tours namely, Biswa In your face, Biswa Mast Admi etc.
7. Rohan Joshi
Seventh position in the list of Top 10 Stand up Comedians in India has been secured by Rohan Joshi.
He is a part of the India’s one of the best comedy label, AIB. Often looked up as one of the most witty minded and creatively humorous chap, Rohan is very conspicuous with his comedy timing.
6. Zakir Khan
He is the next Indian stand-up comedian who gained a lot of limelight, after winning the India’s best stand-up comedian competition organized by the Comedy Central. Zakir has been widely applauded by a large Indian audience and media.
Zakir started off his career in stand-up comedy in the year 2012, after he won the title of India’s best stand up comedian. Apart from performing stand up he also does ghostwriting and produces radio shows.
5. Abish Mathew
Fifth position in the list of Top 10 Stand up Comedians in India has been secured by Abish Mathew.
He is nothing less than a witty ninja and is most adored for his spontaneity insatire. Abhish is among those very few comedians to whom comedy flows naturally and effortlessly.
He is a part of the AIB team and has gained a lot of admiration for his solo hilariously funny comedy show ‘Son of Abish’. Abish has also performed for The Papa CJ Comedy company, East India Comedy, Weirdass Comedy, Schitzendgiggle etc.
4. Sorabh Pant
Sorabh Pant had founded the East India Comedy show and has been the second most toured stand-up comedian of India after Papa CJ. His comedy style is somewhat different from other fellow stand-up comedians and is referred to “over the top” and classy.
Pant happens to be one of the most brilliant comedians of the country. He has played out more than 250 shows in as many as 17 cities. He is well known for his solo shoe Pant on the fire, Travelling Pants, The East India Company.
Apart from stand up comedy he also penned a novel and is one of the most interesting twitter user in India to follow.
3. Aditi Mittal
Third rank in the list of Top 10 Stand up Comedians in India has been secured by very eccentric and talented Aditi Mittal. She had been invited to London for the coveted “100 Women conference” by the BBC, which hasn’t ever happened with any comedian before.
She is famous for her characters as Dr. Mrs. Lutchuke and Dolly Khurana. She has given many appearances at the Canvas Laugh Factory, The Comedy Store, AIB etc.
Not only she is an incredible comedian of India, but also writes columns for Firstpost, DNA, Financial Times (UK) Grazia Men Magazine and many other magazines. Aditi has been featured on the BBC World and BBC America among the “India’s Trailblazers”, which is one big title to achieve.
2. Kenny Sebastian
Second in the list of Top 10 Stand up Comedians in India is secured by none other than, the very deserving Kenny Sebastian. His hilarious comedy and sense of humor makes his audience go crazy with uncontrollable laughter pangs.
Kenny has a keen sense of observation and impromptu jokes are what makes him very unique. He also a Professional Film Editor, Singer, and also Visual Effects Artist. He has performed, written and hosted more than 500 shows till date on Comedy Central.
1. Kanan Gill
Kanan is the most hysterical stand-up comedian of the era and has a huge fan following in India. He is an engineer by profession but he had quit his job to fully pursue a career in Comedy. His hometown is Bangalore and is active in this business of comedy since the year 2013.
With his Youtube serials Pretentious Movie Reviews going viral he gained a lot of popularity. Kanan Gill has done many comedy gigs over these years, which has a great virtual footprint, unlike other comedians.
Kanan has participated in over many comedy shows, one of them being “The Living Room”. He will be making his acting debut in the upcoming movie Noor.