On World Laughter Day popular stand-up artists share jokes that has always worked or got them into trouble.
On World Laughter Day popular stand-up artists share jokes that has always worked or got them into trouble.

World Laughter Day: Comedians share jokes that were a hit or got them into trouble

Here’s what popular standup comedians Neeti Palta, Papa CJ, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia, Bhuvan Bam and Vasu Primlani have to say about jokes that worked or did not.
Hindustan Times | By Shreya Mukherjee, New Delhi
UPDATED ON MAY 06, 2018 12:12 PM IST

As they say, life is always better when you are laughing. So this World Laughter Day we would want to give you more reasons to laugh your heart out. And, to do that, here are five famous stand-up comic artists who share that one joke that has always been a hit. Well, that’s not all. They also share the joke that got them into trouble! Read on...

Comedienne Neeti Palta.
Comedienne Neeti Palta.

NEETI PALTA

A joke that has always worked

My jokes mostly work, but yes the one about my Mom has always worked because I think people usually connect with it. The joke is: ‘Most moms have large heart, mine had a huge head, because every time I [would bring something home and] ask her Mamma isko kaha rakhoon, she would say mere saar pe rakh de’. Even my mother laughs a lot every time I crack it, after all she had said this to me all her life.

One joke that got you into trouble

It was a couple of years ago, I was performing in Delhi. And as soon I cracked it there was no reaction from the audience, and I got the message. What I said was ‘I am optimist, I try to see the silver lining in everything… for example female foeticide that means shorter queues for me’ I still crack this joke sometimes when I see the audience is as black in the heart as I am.

Comedian Papa CJ. (papacj.com)
Comedian Papa CJ. (papacj.com)

PAPA CJ

A joke that has always worked

I used to normally start my shows with the joke, ‘I come from the land of the Kamasutra. I can screw you in more ways than you can count’.

One joke that got you into trouble

(Takes time to think) My marriage… (Laughs)

Comedian Jeeveshu Ahluwalia.
Comedian Jeeveshu Ahluwalia.

JEEVESHU AHLUWALIA

A joke that has always worked

All my Mom jokes are superhit with the crowd as it connects to one and all. I usually take out punches from my daily routine life at home, at work or at shoot. Like my mom loves to make me eat a desi vegetable ‘Aaloo Vadi’, which is quite famous in Punjabi families, and I literally hate to eat that. So, ‘When I reach home my mother always says aaj maine tere liye bahut achha khana banaya, sab tere man pasand ki cheesey hain, and when I ask her is it butter chicken or mutton chaap? She will just say Aaloo vadi and I am like nahi khaani yaar. So, then she serves a little bit of the dish and says aaj achha bana hai taste karke dekh, bilkul bazaar wala taste hai.’

One joke that got you into trouble

We live in a very edgy time. Political and religious content can hurt people’s sentiment and I keep my content clean, and something which people can relate to. But yes, each time I do a mom joke someone from the audience would say, ‘Hey bhagwan kaisa bachcha hai, chee chee maa ka mazaak udata hain’. What they don’t understand is that even though I joke about my mom, she always wins.

Comedian Bhuvan Bam
Comedian Bhuvan Bam

BHUVAN BAM

A joke that has always worked

‘That’s what my girlfriend says’ is something with which I end most of my jokes. It’s like I can say anything and then say this [as suffix] and it has always worked in my favour.

One joke that got you into trouble

Every bad joke gets me into trouble, gaali parti hain. It was two years back when I started my channel and had done a video where a reporter is talking to villagers on Leonardo Dicaprio winning an Oscar for The Revenant (2015) in 2016. And the reporter ask them how do you feel ki Leo jeet gaye award, but they confuse Leo with Lionel Messi, [whose is also called Leo] and they replied Messi is the king and Cristiano Ronaldo is an a*# . And there were many who started abusing me and asked me to take the video down. I had to do that. I never expected this would happen.

Comedienne Vasu Primlani.
Comedienne Vasu Primlani.

VASU PRIMLANI

A joke that has always worked

What always works is when I say ‘I am one of the top three female comedians in India today, also one of the only three female comedians in India today’.

One joke that got you into trouble

Once in Toronto I cracked a joke on how ‘North Americans drive on the right side of the road, British drive on the left side of the road, and Indians drive like everywhere’. One guy charged at me and was yelling that how dare I speak about India like that. He was of course an Indian guy. The next day a woman charged at me when I was doing the show again. She said I am insulting India. This time I told her that ‘if you are such a big patriot then how come I am living in India and you are living in Toronto?’

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