In the past couple of years, Mumbai’s comedy scene has expanded manifold, with every other city café hosting stand-up and open mic events.
To promote the newer forms, and to keep alive the old school theatre, the National Centre for the Performing Arts (NCPA) is back with its annual comedy festival, Cheer! In its third edition, the festival will feature acts covering various forms of comedy like improv, musical and sketch, among others. Here’s round-up of what to expect this year.
The Open Couple
Using commedia dell’arte — an Italian form of theatre that extensively uses masks, props and music — this play is a madcap routine between a man and a woman. Put together by the Hyderabad-based theatre group, 71mm Production, the act is an adaptation of Dario Fo’s play by the same name, and it revolves around a suicidal emotional wreck, who tries to come to terms with her husband’s idea of an open marriage.
A dark comedy, this English play revolves around a young boy who gets caught up in a terrorism racket. The drama provides a light-hearted look at today’s urban youth, the city we live in, religion and how our paranoia about terrorism warps our lives. "I think everybody will connect with the play at some point," says Adhaar Khurrana, director, Akvarious Production.
Enjoy 90 minutes of hilarious performances by female comedians like Aditi Mittal, Anu Menon and Kaneez Surka. "We hope to give women comedians an extra focus and help other women to come on board," says Deepa Gahlot, head, theatre and film programming.
The World Is Enough: License To Travel
This act will witness comics Papa CJ and Anuvab Pal presenting a comic travelogue. The show will feature some hilarious sketches of various cultures from across the world.
Music Of Comedic Proportion
Comedians Kenneth Sebastian, Kanan Kill, Aadar Malik and Abish Mathew will present a musical act replete with hilarious lyrics that throw light on pop culture and popular issues.
Homegrown Comedy Weekend
With a line-up featuring some popular names from the comedy circuit like Kunaal Roy Kapur, Sahil Shah, Atul Khatri and others, the show promises to be a laugh riot. "It’s like a reunion of funnymen since everybody has performed with everybody at some point or the other. We are looking forward to having two days of mindless fun," says Sahil Shah, stand-up comedian.
Cheer! will be held from June 6 to 8 and from June 14 to 15, at NCPA, Nariman Point, 6.30 pm onward.