Going for an evening of live music or just drinks to a pub or restaurant is passé. Stand-up comedy shows by amateurs or professionals are proving to be big crowd pullers in the city, with at least four to five comedy gigs happening across the city every week. “When I started the open mic nights for comedy two years ago, people hardly knew about this concept. Now, there are comedy nights in every nook and corner of the city each week,” says Raghav Mandava, comedian and founder of the comedy group, Cheese Monkey Mafia. “The USP of stand-up comedy is that it is based on reality. We joke about everyday situations like traffic jam, politics and gender dynamics. It helps people laugh at their woes and look at the lighter side of life,” says Neeti Palta, a comedian.
Pubs and restaurant owners now count comedy nights as a sure-shot way of attracting crowds. “We have started comedy nights last month and got more than 250 people for the first performance,” says Atul Kapoor, owner, QBA. “People are now more interested in stand-up comedy than a couple of years ago. Comedy nights help us pull in new people every time and ensure good footfall even on a weekday,” says Amit Tandon, partner, Mindcafe.
Three years ago, English stand-up comedy was a new concept for people in India. People usually saw such shows on YouTube or in comedy clubs when they traveled abroad. But, the city now boasts of having 10-15 stand-up comedians. “Unlike Hindi comedy, which is more old-world, we focus on issues that youngsters face, like sex, religion, office politics and weddings,” says Rajneesh Kapoor, a comic strip writer.
Just for laughs
When: Alternate Thursday, 9pm
Where: OneBoulevard, Select City Walk, Saket
Rajneesh’s new Material Night
When: August 3, 8.30pm
Where: Shooters, E-12, South Extension II
Grand Masters of Comedy
When: Every alternate Wednesday, 8:30pm
Next Comedy night: August 8
Where: Mindcafe, Crosspoint Mall, DLF IV
Words of Demise by Cheese Monkey Mafia
When: August 12, 7.30pm
Tickets: Rs.200, Rs.300, Rs.400
available at the venue
Where: Epicentre, Sector 44, Gurgaon
NU Delhi Comedy Nights
When: August 19
Where: nU. Delhi QBA,