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Wednesday, Sep 18, 2019

Comedian Sunil Grover: I’m still learning how to improve my comic timing

Actor-comedian Sunil Grover, whose exit from The Kapil Sharma Show is still talked about, says that for any comedy show on TV, it is important to keep reinventing, as you never know what might connect with audiences.

tv Updated: Sep 26, 2017 16:38 IST
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Monika Rawal Kukreja
Hindustan Times
Actor and comedian Sunil Grover might return to television with a brand new show that will replace The Drama Company.
Actor and comedian Sunil Grover might return to television with a brand new show that will replace The Drama Company.(Yogen Shah)

Actor-comedian Sunil Grover has not stopped making news ever since he walked out of The Kapil Sharma Show in March this year, following his infamous mid-air brawl with fellow comedian Kapil Sharma. Recently, while Kapil’s show has been taken off air — with reruns being aired in a different slot — speculation is rife that Sunil is set to come with his new show, though no confirmation has been given so far.

Also, just as he did in the aftermath of his fight with Kapil, this time, too, Sunil has remained silent over Kapil’s show going off air. Meanwhile, asked about his journey so far on television and comedy shows, Sunil says that he’s still getting the hang of his craft. “My mechanism of working is that I make [a] caricature of characters and people that I see around me,” says Sunil. “For me, it has been a learning process of how to do humour, improve my comic timing, and understand the language of humour better. All this helps me in making whatever I am a part of, a success.”

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Sunil, who has portrayed characters such as Gutthi, Dr Mashoor Gulati, and Rinku Devi, to name a few, feels that it’s important to keep reinventing. Referring to how comedy shows nowadays are featuring comedians from other shows as well, Sunil says, “We try newer things, as we don’t know what may or may not connect with the audience. What happens with a continuously running show is that it needs breathing space, so we bring in fresh faces.”

On why such innovations are important, Sunil adds, “Most of the times, they work in the show’s favour and longevity increases. Having said that, it depends a lot on the changes that makers are introducing — only after implementing, do you get to know whether they will work or not. Until then, everything is assumption.”

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First Published: Sep 26, 2017 16:38 IST