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Comedy circus goes off air

Show to take a three-month break for first time in five years, participants hope to work on bettering routines. After a five-year-long run with 14 back-to-back seasons, it is finally confirmed that the stand-up show will be taking a break for three months.

tv Updated: Mar 31, 2012 18:35 IST
Kavita Awaasthi

Rumours of the popular weekend show Comedy Circus going off air have surprised many in the TV industry.

After a five-year-long run with 14 back-to-back seasons, it is finally confirmed that the stand-up show will be taking a break for three months, making way for Sony’s other TRP puller, Indian Idol 6. Comedy Circus was one of the rare Indian TV shows to have never been pulled off the air, despite a constantly changing cast.

The latest season of the show, called Kahani Comedy Circus Ki, will end on May 23.

Actor Krushna Abhishek, who was a constant presence on the show, confirms the news, saying, “Comedy Circus will take a break for three months. I am happy about it as Sudesh (on-screen partner Sudesh Lehri) and I have been continuously entertaining people with comic acts. We never took a break from the show, so this one is welcome. Now, we can be creative and work on our acts without the pressure of delivery every week.”

Content plan
The participants in the show are contract bound to shoot every Wednesday without fail. Krushna hopes the break works wonders for all the comedians on the show, and that Comedy Circus will return to run for the next five years. “We ran out of good content as episodes had to be canned every week. So we hope to create a good bank during this period,” Krushna says. He adds that he’ll miss the high of performing on stage: “The energy of doing an act for a live audience is unbelievable.”

However, when contacted, judge Archana Puran Singh claimed ignorance, insisting, “The channel hasn’t intimated us of this move, so I have no clue. These are rumours and the show will be part of the channel in some form or the other.”
Sony’s spokesperson was unavailable for comment.

‘I have planned a holiday to the US’
Krushna Abhishek will complete shooting and dubbing for Rohit Shetty’s upcoming Bol Bachchan. He will also shoot the remainder of his other film, Mr.Money, during the three-month break. “I have also planned a 20-day trip to the US. I will be heading to Las Vegas, Los Angeles and New York to chill.”