Stand-up Comedy

Stand-up comedy is a popular genre of entertainment now. Perhaps all of us have watched Tanmay Bhat at AIB or burst into choking feats of laughter after the performance of Aditi Mittal. Stand-up comedy is a comic monologue style of performing in front of a live audience. Generally, a stand-up comedian exposes the duality, hypocrisy, and, the discrepancies of the society in the camouflage of humour. Most of the times, they make the most of their personal experiences.

The history of stand-up comedy, as we see it today, is a fairly recent one. It was a staple in vaudeville in the early decades of the 20th century, but there the comic feat was in the form of dialogues. The solo style was honed and popularised by Bob Hope. Its present form, which has a lot to do with society and current affairs, and nuances of language owe its origin to Mort Sahl. Since the 1950s, stand-up comedy has developed and matured a lot and nowadays we have performers like Jim Gaffigan, Kevin Hunt, Mike Birbiglia, Tig Notaro and many others.

“The human race has only one really effective weapon and that is laughter.”– Mark Twain


Stand-up comedy in India has been largely popularised by exceptional talents like Kanan Gill, Gursimran Khamba, Ashish Sakya, and Vipul Goel who can make you go berserk with laughter by their amazing performance. is encouraging stand-up comedy in a unique way by endorsing the Comedy Hunt. It is a talent hunt for India’s next big comedy star. In the official site of, you will find everything you want to know about the origin, evolution and adaptation of Indian stand-up comedy.

Stand-up comedy, by no means, is an easy feat. It needs a great presence of mind, a brevity or boldness reflecting in their riposte and studying the traits of humankind to make the most of it. When properly executed, a stand-up comedian can be placed among the perfect performers.

A concoction of humour, wit and satire is what makes Comedy Hunt an irresistible show. Laughter is the best medicine and if you want to entertain yourself by the funniest performances of India’s best or would-be-best stand-up comedy talents, don’t miss #StandUpComedyinStyle. Remember “if you don’t learn to laugh at life it’ll surely kill you”.

11 responses to “Stand-up Comedy

  1. I like Jimmy Fallon, Mindy Kaling and Amy Schumer. This is a fine post about the history of comedy including vaudeville. They used to use a big pole with a hook on it to drag “bad” performers off the stage. . .🙂🙂

  2. Interesting write on stand-up comedy, harking back to vaudeville and ‘music hall and variety’ entertainments in the west. In Kerala we have ‘Ottanthullal’, an art form popularised by Kunchan Nambiar, the venerated humourist in Malayalam literature. The artist appears on stage wearing elaborate and flamboyant costumes resembling that of Kathakali, and delivers humour couched in classical dance and music, a mix of witty and satiric take on pretensions, duplicities and hypocrisies in society.

  3. I have been seeing a lot of these ads about Stand up comedy and what it is all about. I kinda had a liking for Russel Peters for a while, but then after a bit it got tedious. But I do like that there are a few Indian names out there and due promotion is being done for them🙂

  4. It’s high time we learn to laugh at ourselves and stop taking offence. What’d the point of stand up comedy if they there is no sprinkle of punch line. Love AIB Roast and Aditi Mittal, one of the most intelligence stand up comedians.

  5. Enjoyed reading the history of stand up comedy, Though it looks simple and natural to the audience, but it is not at all easy, and as you have pointed out requires great presence of mind to deliver humor with punch.

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