Would you believe it, there is a Chess Lovers Club, which operates under a flyover, in Garighat, one of Kolkata’s busiest markets? But what if the bridge collapses? It’ll be a checkmate for all,” jokes Sourav Ghosh, a former RJ in Kolkata and now full-time comedian. Culling witty observations from life around him, Ghosh, along with fellow comics, Anirban Dasgupta and Vaibhav Sethia — all born and brought up in Kolkata — will give a hilarious perspective on what it’s like to be Bengali in their new show, The Big Bong Theory.
Vaibhav Sethia belongs to the Marwari community of Kolkata. “Pronouncing my name is the ultimate conundrum for Bengalis. It begins with a V, which they cannot pronounce, and is followed by a B, so you can imagine the way my name is massacred,” laughs Sethia, who draws inspiration from the customs and mannerisms of his community. The 28-year-old holds a Bachelors degree in Architecture from IIT Roorkee. However, dissatisfied with his career as architect, Sethia quit his high-paying job for comedy.
Anirban Dasgupta, who co-founded the comedy collective, Comedified in Kolkata, says the comic scene in the eastern city has improved significantly, “When I founded the collective in 2012, we’d have about five shows in three months.
Now, we have five every week.” The Mumbai act, he says, will resonate with people. “We’d like to pick fresh topics that even folk from Mumbai can relate to,” he says. Dasgupta’s act will consist of the various conspiracy theories linked to Netaji’s death doing the rounds, patriotism, and growing up in a joint family.
WHERE: Canvas Laugh Club, 3rd Floor, Palladium Mall, High Street Phoenix, Tulsi Pipe Road, Lower Parel
WHEN: March 20, 8 PM
ENTRY: Rs 500