Bizarre news and funny accidents have always made excellent fodder for comics around the world — right from hosts on Saturday Night Live’s spoofing unsual incidents to funnyman Cyrus Broacha poking fun at current happenings on TV. Now, city stand-up comics have discovered this goldmine for a new collaborative live act, Digging The News, which will be held at the Comedy Store tomorrow.
The show will take a dig at strange news stories from the past six months, and the six comedians who will be performing — Kunal Rao, Aditi Mittal, Sahil Shah, Sapan Varma, Abish Mathew and Neville Shah — have been busy poring over newspapers to get the latest dope. “We are making sure that we talk about major events like the 2G scam, or the coal-mining scam, popularly known as Coalgate, which have great recall value,” says Kunal Rao. “It’s a lot of work, but we had fun preparing for the gig. Each of us has a different outlook towards news, which has been incorporated in the show.” The show will take a dig at different categories of news, from hardcore political stories and human interest items to Bollywood gossip. Aditi Mittal says that she will helm the Bollywood bit on the show where she will be taking on the who’s who in Bollywood, right from Kareena Kapoor’s Heroine act to other rumours that are doing the rounds.
“What makes English stand-up comedy different from the Hindi acts is that there’s always a strong opinion that’s conveyed on stage. It is also about truth. We may be cracking witty one-liners and making silly jokes, but whatever is said is based on the truth,” insists Aditi. The first edition of Digging The News will be a trial show. “Depending on how well it is received by the audience, we will make it a regular show. Hopefully, the audience enjoys it as much as we did while putting it together,” says Kunal.
Catch Digging The News at the The Comedy Store, Palladium, Lower Parel, tomorrow, from 8.30 pm onwards. Entry R300