It won’t be an exaggeration if we say that comedy has become serious business in India and stand-up comics are the new heroes. To give another boost to this much-in-demand genre, Chuckle Festival, a three-city stand-up comic festival, has been organised and will kickstart in the city today. Thereafter, it will travel to Bengaluru on September 6 and finally to Delhi on September 7.
“The genre of comedy is something that touches millions of hearts irrespective of their age and profession. It is a medium that brings people together creating smiles and joyful memories world over. This medium is no longer unfamiliar to the Indian audience as comedy; particularly English comedy has seen a vast growing popularity amongst people.
Given the recognition and consumption level of Indian and international artistes today in India, we wanted to create a platform that could provide the best of both worlds at once. Thus, we saw an opportunity to create a unique property where each year various Indian and international artistes will come together and make the audience chuckle by giving them the funniest day of their life,” says Jaideep Singh, the organiser of the event.
Apart from globally renowned comedy artistes, Gabriel Iglesias and Eddie Ifft, the festival will also feature Indian-American stand-up comedian Paul Varghese, along with India’s very own Tanmay Bhat who will host the show.
While this year, the line-up primarily comprises international artistes, Singh claims that it might not be the same every year. “Our aim is to provide quality entertainment, irrespective of whether the artist is Indian or of international origin. What matters the most is their talent and the energy they will bring on stage. The idea has been to build a platform that will create a perfect blend of Indian and international comedy,” he maintains.
What Gabriel Iglesias says >>
This is my first trip to India and I’m quite excited to be here. I’m looking forward to the festival and I want people to expect an act that will be of the calibre of the shows in the US. I feel audiences in India are very clued in to English comedy and already know a lot, so, I plan to do what I do when I perform in the rest of the world. Some time back, when I was performing in the Middle East, I thought people won’t understand what I do, and they won’t get my jokes, so I changed my style a bit. But I was surprised to see that they were pretty aware and knew it all. So, I felt I cheated them a bit. I don’t want to make the same mistake again. Stand-up comedy is pretty new in parts of the world apart from US and Canada. I feel the need to get instant laugher and immediate entertainment is what has spurred this trend. In a film you might get to laugh 4-5 times in an hour, but in a stand-up comic show it might get to 30 - 40 times. It’s this what draws people to it.