Stand up sorts Review: It is a bit difficult to say where stand up comedy originated in India but we all have been listening to legends like Johnny Lever, KK Nayakar and Raju Srivastava when cassettes used to play. This comedy used to be in Hindi. There used to be stage shows and there was a mixture of the hustle and bustle of ordinary life, a little mimicry and a few jokes. Stand up comedy has changed in the last decade and a half. It has moved from an open-air Ganeshotsav to clubs, small venues like restaurants and pubs where college students, corporate jobseekers and full time writers can be seen performing stand-up with their own acts. Huh. Their subjects also come out of their lives, there is some observation and most of all, these are all urban comedy which is more prevalent in the metros. Total deposit, for the elite. “Standup Shorts” featuring 4 comedians in a 15-minute slot on Amazon Prime Video.
Why stand up shorts have been made, this question may arise in your mind which is inevitable. A big standup comedy show has been released on Netflix, and for this reason, trying to answer it by making something quickly. 4 Standup Comedians – Shreeja Chaturvedi, Aadar Malik, Ramya Rampriya, Shankar Chugani have made a half-hearted attempt to mock the stereotypes spread in the country. There is something good in every slot and some downright funny jokes.
It starts with the sets of Shreeja Chaturvedi. Sreeja starts mocking herself for commenting on the stereotype of Uttar Pradesh. Unfortunately, the level of comedy gets a little low. Born in Lucknow and working in Mumbai, Shreeja has reached standup from advertising. Her specialty is that she herself rarely laughs and believes in doing straight face comedy. Keeping a focus on how girls are treated in Uttar Pradesh, by boys and by girls, she says that she does not mind teasing any boy, but encourages more so that the desires of her mind end. Be gone. The point is accurate, the topic is also very sharp but by keeping herself in the center, Sreeja makes things a little superficial. Although this is permissible in comedy and there should be so much freedom, yet her attempt to prove herself as a running girl seems to be crude. Had some fun, but the wires were not connected for the full 15 minutes.
The next set is of Shankar Churani. Have succeeded in trying to humiliate themselves. Shankar is a talented comedian. Comedy can also happen without abuses, if you want to see this, you can watch Shankar’s set. There is always a vowel at the end of women’s names and at the end of men, there is no guarantee, so if the names of girls are taken out loud, then only the vowel is heard, very good observation. After this Shankar says that India is a land of spices for foreigners. When they came, why did they burn girls with spices? Shankar, who keeps an eye on the evils of the country through such things, has made good sarcasm. Shankar speaks English so it may sound a bit difficult but his satire is very good and there is no bad language or abuses in any way.
After this it was the turn of Ramya Rampriya who spoke on the subject of ‘Fun’. Their language is very urban. The irony of urban standup comedy is that it is full of slang, slurs and humiliation. Trying hard to prove herself as a “fun” person, Ramya forgets that comedy can be done without using slang. There is no novelty in his comedy because such girls are seen in Mumbai or Delhi. Her attempt to make fun of her by pretending to be a Tamil Brahmin was also cold because like most of the comedians she could not think beyond dosa, chutney, coffee, temple. Apart from this, she herself shows herself as poor, while the way in which she presents she does not seem poor in any way. There are many such words which have been hidden in the English sub-title of their set. I wish someone could explain to them that the method of doing comedy by abusing in English is old and is not acceptable now.
The last set of this show is the best as it is presented by ‘Aadar Malik’. Composer Anu Malik’s nephew and composer Abu Malik’s son Aadar is a well-known name in standup comedy and that is why his set is placed last. Aadar has dedicated his set to his grandmother. Unfortunately, Aadar’s grandmother did not live to see the set. There are abuses in it too, the sets are in Hindi and in English. Aadar tied the knot while making fun of his Muslim grandmother’s prayers. Explains to his grandmother that he is a comedian and grandmother says that he is unemployed. Dadi on torn jeans says that even the rich now wear the clothes of mystics, how bad are the days. This type of joke laughs at the small things of common life. His satire on the hefty bill at Grandma’s ICU visit was funny. Had it not been for this emotional set of respect, perhaps this entire show would have been full of boredom. If respect just stops abusing, then his comedy is absolutely top notch.
The director does not have any special work in such shows. Since these sets are shot live, there is a lot of scope in editing and there is no special work. If Aadar Malik and a little Shankar are removed from the total submission, then this entire show is a waste of time. Look at these two sets, maybe you will have some fun.
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