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Lots of comedy and some tragedy!

Get ready for a laughter riot at a comedy festival later this week, or catch students of St Stephen’s staging a tragedy today.

art and culture Updated: Mar 27, 2012 01:46 IST

Get ready to tickle your funny bone at India's first Comedy Festival happening in the city. Coinciding with Fools day on April 1, the two-day fest will feature classic comedy films, plays, stand-up acts and a best comedian contest too.

“We’ve tried to bring different forms of comedy under one roof in this first-of -its-kind event,” says Jatin Varma, founder of Indian Comedy Festival. “Since it is happening on April 1, many participants initially thought we were fooling them,” says Anant Singh, co-organiser of the festival.

The film, Tere Bin Laden, will be screened first, following which will be classic comedies like Andaaz Apna Apna and Jaane Bhi do Yaaro.

At the event, comedians Sanjay Rajoura and Papa CJ will reflect on social trends. “I have never seen anyone bring different kinds of comedy under one event before,” says the international comedian, Papa CJ, about the event. Also, poet Surendra Sharma plans to show you the prosaic side to laughter through his Hasya Kavi Sammelan. The Fools day begins with a satirical play, Ghalib in New Delhi, by Perriot’s Theatre Troupe.

An outdoor stage at the festival will be set up to give amateur “funny” comedians and music bands a chance to entertain the audience. But if serious comedy is your thing, and you’ve performed at 2-3 professional comedy shows, you can register for the Best Stand-up comedian contest, on before March 30.

Here you go...
What: Indian Comedy Festival
When: March 31 and April 1
Timing: 11am to 9pm
Where: Blue Frog, The Kila, Seven Style Mile, Mehrauli
Tickets: R150-500 per act;
Contact: 07838891548-49

NEAREST METRO STATION: Mandi House on Blue line

The rise and fall of Shakespeare’s most well-known character, Macbeth, will be shown live on stage by members of St Stephen’s Shakespeare society, today. The 90-year-old society whose previous members include actor Kabir Bedi and author turned politician Shashi Tharoor, has for the first time made its annual play open to the public.

The students have gone big on promotions too. A trailor has been put up on YouTube, and the play has a Facebook page as well. Students have also been tweeting about it. “The play is bigger than ever. Around 80 people are involved in production and we have had many audition rounds, theatre workshops and consultation sessions with professional theatre artists,” says Mikhail Sen, the play’s director and also a third year student at the college.

The play is different in many ways, while the original story has been retained, the treatment, presentation and costumes have all got a new twist. Tarini Mahajan, a second year student and the production’s creative head, says: “The entire production is stylised and user-friendly. Keeping in mind the tastes of today’s youth, we have put in a lot of movement along with the dialogues. As Macbeth breaks into a thought, his musings would be enacted on the stage. The audience will see what Macbeth sees, they won’t just find him standing and narrating a soliloquy.”

Catch it here...
What: Macbeth, a play
When: March 27
Timing: 2pm and 5.30pm Entry: Free
Where: St Stephen’s College
NEAREST METRO STATION: Vishwavidyalaya on Yellow Line

Highlights of the festival
March 31
* Tere Bin Laden: 11am
* Andaaz Apna Apna: 1pm
* Stand-up comedy by Sanjay Rajoura: 5pm
* Hasya Kavi Samelan with Surendra Sharma: 7pm
April 1
* Play - Ghalib in New Delhi: 11am
* Jaane Bhi Do Yaaro: 1pm
* Performance by Papa CJ: 4:30pm
* Best Stand-up Comedian Contest: 6pm
* The Golden Kela Awards: 7pm

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First Published: Mar 26, 2012 20:04 IST