The stand up comedy scene in the city has gathered steam off late, with people flocking to a number of comic shows to get their funny bone tickled. Spreading some good humour among the people of Gurgaon is a host of comedians from Delhi and Mumbai, who are going to look at the lighter side of life in a laughter festival. Known as the Costa Laughaccino festival, the event will be held in the city from November 26 to December 17.
The festival will see stand up comics like Gursimran Khamba, Rajneesh Kapoor and Sanjay Rajoura make you laugh every Saturday with their take on life, politics, gender equations and weddings at a Costa Coffee outlet in Gurgaon.
Gursimran Khamba, a 25-year-old freelance journalist who became a comedian by fluke, will attempt to make people laugh at themselves.
"I try to address social and political issues in a light-hearted manner. Since the Delhi audience is very clued in on current affairs, it is fun to perform here," says Khamba.
State of humour
One of the highlights of this laughter festival will be a jugalbandi of sorts between Delhi-based comedian Rajneesh Kapoor and Mumbai-based Tanmay Bhat on the sentiments of people from their respective cities. "The Delhi audience is always enthusiast, loud and opinionated. They are more aware of current affairs than Mumbaiites," says Bhat. "Delhiites are very expressive and sentimental. They will get into a fight on a petty issue and show their contact lists proudly. The next minute, they get all sentimental, saying sorry, and treat you like a brother. But in Mumbai, people don’t have time to even get into a fight, unless in the train," he adds. Sanjay Rajoura, who is from Western Uttar Pradesh, plans to entertain the audience with his take on the urban-rural divide.
In a field that’s seen more men on the stage as stand-up comics, Neeti Palta brings a woman’s perspective to the table. "It is refreshing to see how even men sit up and take notice of things they had never really thought about earlier. The differences are very subtle and it is fun to point them in good humour," says Palta.
She is also gung ho about performing in a coffee shop for the first time. "The audience at a coffee shop is more close-knit and informal," says Palta. "I just hope nobody flings his coffee on me after a joke. In a pub, if someone throws alcohol, I can lick it off. But coffee is hot and leaves a stain," adds Bhat.
Catch them here
What: Costa Laughaccino
When: Every Saturday, November 26 to December 17
Where: Costa Coffee, Cross Point Mall, DLF Phase IV, Opposite Galleria Market
Nearest Metro Station: IFFCO Chowk on the yellow line