Arvind Mahankali with his trophy. (AFP Photo)
Okay, stand-up comics, we’ve heard all your Indian jokes before. Here are the clichés you need to retire
“So, what’s with that head-nod thing” Nothing dude, it means chalega. It means yes and no. It’s fine.
“So, Apu on The Simpsons...” That show is 20 years old. As is the joke.
“So, the Indian kids on the spelling bee...”: N-O-B-O-D-Y C-A-R-E-S
“So, your movies have, what 28 songs?” They do. Does your routine have 28 new jokes we can hear?
“So, you’re 30 and still live with your mother....”: Yeah, and I had freshly cooked meal today. What did you pull out of the freezer?
“So, are, like, all of you in the audience techies or something?”: Yes we are. And we’re taking over your jobs, so suck it.
“It took me three hours by plane and four hours in traffic after that”: Yawn. We took four hours to come see you too, and it wasn’t worth it.
From HT Brunch, September 22
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