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The Yellow Experiment: coming of age of Indian comedy

art and culture Updated: Apr 07, 2014 13:14 IST
Shalvi Mangaokar
Shalvi Mangaokar
Hindustan Times
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Comedy in India has certainly come of age, with stand-up comedians gaining sizeable fan following, particularly in the metros. Now, possibly for the first time, three comedians are combining stand-up, sketch and improv comedy with music in a show titled The Yellow Experiment (TYE). The 90-minute show will feature Daniel Fernandes, Abish Mathew and Kanan Gill — each of whom have a background in music.


Ask Abish, a former radio jockey from Delhi, and he explains the idea behind TYE: "It’s a collaboration of music and comedy. When we thought about it, it seemed like a marketable idea. We tried one show in Pune and it got good response, so we decided to make it big. It’s unique because, in India, there are very few musicians who are comedians," he says. Mathew had been part of rock bands before he got into writing musical comedy sketches.

Abish Mathew

Similarly, Bengaluru-based Gill, who was part of a metal band and a comedy rock band, recently broke on to the comedy scene and has gained popularity with his online videos. He says, "People have seen stand-up before. Here, they will experience a musical performance along with comedy. It’s comedy that’s strongly centered around a musical core."

Kanan Gill

For the Mumbai and Goa-based Fernandes, a comedian, musician and co-founder of TYE (along with Mathew) the excitement levels for this show are sky-high. He tells us, "Our performances will either revolve around music or be supported by music. The audience will see three types of comedy wrapped in music. We want music and comedy lovers to come under one roof and get a wholesome experience. If this works out, we plan to do more shows in the city and then travel across the country too."