Is your stomach rolling upside down? or are the birds chirping a beautiful song within? If yes then what is it that your body requires right now? A daily dose of laughter keeps your stomach safe & sound. Hence, we present to you the ultimate recipe with the famous “Humour Tadka” co-presented by the best renowned Humour Chefs, “Comedians” in India. People look beautiful when they smile. These comedians just know the right trick on how to make your face glow even more beautiful. At Townscript we made a detailed study & analysis on which are the best standup-comedians in India and where to find them.
At first, let’s start with “Where to find the stand-up comedians?“. There are only few Event Management Companies in India which manages the events, booking for the stand-up comedians.Only Much Louder (OML), Simply Life India & 7 Entertainment mostly have all the best stand-up comedians registered with them. So next time if you are planning a comedy event, attached table below shall help you with it. A detailed comprehensive list can further be downloaded towards the end of blog.
Let’s take a further detailed insight on few of the comedians listed above whom we consider as the best to fall in the category of “Top 9 best stand-up comedians in India“. Please note: Listing is done as per name alphabetic order & NOT on performance credibility.
1. Abish Mathew
Abish Mathew is an Indian stand-up comedian, YouTube performer, and motivational speaker. He is widely known for his work with All India Bakchod and as the host of Son of Abish. As a stand-up comedian, he has performed 1000+ shows across India and the world, including New York, Canada and the prestigious Utrecht International Comedy Festival (Holland). He has created content for several brands, including Breezer Vivid and ads for Netflix, apart from voice-overs and jingles.
These achievements have led to acclaim from his legions of fans, respect from fellow comedians and recognition from industry – he was featured in the Forbes 30 under 30 list in 2016.
2. Atul Khatri
A veteran of the Indian stand-up circuit, Atul brings a unique 40+ perspective to the stage.
He's performed at the prestigious Utrecht Internal Comedy Festival in The Netherlands & Belgium, and the 8th Annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival in 2014. He performs regularly at comedy clubs and private shows all over India & abroad. He is a member of popular comedy collective East India Company and has performed sketch comedy, topical news comedy ('EIC Outrage') and specials such as 'EIC vs Bollywood'.
3. Biswa Kalyan Rath
One of the most-followed comedians in India, Biswa claims to bring a unique perspective into comedy 'using mathematics, language and life'. He recently released his comedy special, 'Biswa Mast Aadmi', to rave reviews, culminating relentless touring.
While the ex-IIT-ian is probably best known for the 'Pretentious Movie Reviews', with Kanan Gill, he has carved his own niche with his stand-up, having performed over 1000 shows worldwide, and having garnered 14 million views on YouTube.
4. Daniel Fernandes
Daniel Fernandes born in Mumbai & raised in Goa is an Indian Stand-up Comedian. Daniel is known for his dark & surreal style of comedy with references to social issues in India. In his comedic material and interviews, Fernandes is known to cover Indian social issues including free speech, student suicide, death penalty & marital rape.
Daniel Fernandes performs at some of the popular spots in the city including Canvas Laugh Club, The Comedy Store, Blue Frog and more. His shows are known to be full-house with a group of excited audience. He has also hosted some of the popular events including Forbes India in 2015.
5. Jeeveshu Ahluwalia
“Salman Khan of the Fat World” that's what Jeeveshu is known as in the comedy circuit. His fascination with comedy normally sways between a fat guy's amusing life (his) and failed attempts to please his over optimistic mother whose only dream is to get him married. And thinner. And taller. And younger…
He made his Bollywood debut with 'Tamasha' starring Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone directed by Imitaz Ali. You can spot him on TV in commercials for Comedy Central India, Phillips, Apollo Hospitals, ICICI Prudential, Grofers and more. Winner of 'Radio Mirchi Comedy Ka King 2014', his stand-up videos and comedy sketches have been featured as viral videos on YouTube.
6. Kanan Gill
Kanan is one of India's most popular sketch and stand-up comedians. He's performed over a 1000 shows around the world and his recent comedy special, Keep It Real, has got rave reviews. He shot to fame along with the 'Pretentious Movie Reviews' series with Biswa Kalyan Rath.
He is equally adept at sketch comedy (having acted in his own 'How Insensitive!' and the acclaimed mockumentary 'Better Life Foundation' by Them Boxer Shorts) and stand-up (having toured India with two hour-long shows: 'Feeling with Kanan', and 'All Correct Opinions'). He made his Bollywood debut with the 2017 release, 'Noor'.
7. Rahul Subramanian
Rahul is one-half of the YouTube Comedy Hunt-winning duo Random Chikibum (with Kumar Varun). He's performed 200 shows across India, Singapore and Dubai. Singled out by Hindustan Times as the comedian who got the most laughs at the at the prestigious Kala Ghoda Arts Fest, Rahul is now a regular at Mumbai's top venues.
With Random Chikibum, he is known for sketches that are based on corporate life, including the 'Random Daftar' series, and has clocked 7 million views in 2 years.
8. Sumukhi Suresh
An improv, sketch and stand-up comedian, Sumukhi has performed over 100 shows across India, Amsterdam, Oslo and Copenhagen.
Her latest show, 'Disgust Me', a women-only stand-up comedy show, is fast developing a cult audience. You'll find her moving effortlessly from writing sketch comedy shows 'Behti Naak', 'Sketch in the City' with Richa Kapoor and 'Go Straight Take Left' with Naveen Richard, to performing in ones by AIB, TVF, Biswa Kalyan Rath and others. Sumukhi has also acted in the Kannada-language comedy film, 'Humble Politician Nograj'.
9. Zakir Khan
Zakir's phenomenal rise as one of the most popular comedians in the country is nothing short of extraordinary. While touring with his Amazon Prime special, Haq Se Single, he sold out to arenas of thousands. Having created waves in 2016 with his appearance on AIB Diwas, he swiftly went on to become what AIB founder Tanmay Bhat describes as 'The biggest stand-up comedy act in India. Period'. Over the last year, he has sold 50,000 tickets over 100 shows in clubs, colleges and arenas.
Called a pioneer of storytelling in Indian comedy, he serves up his take on modern India with a hard-to-resist rustic humor that'll have you nodding your heads and clapping as you relate to everything he says. He can smoothly switch modes for an audience full of family members, a corporate crowd or a room full of men. Each show will know him as a different Zakir.
Stay tuned for the next weekend (30th – 31st Mar 2018) to meet all the above comedians in the biggest comedy festival of Pune. If not registered yet then hurry up, very few tickets left!