A pioneer among female stand-up comedians, Bharti Singh broke the proverbial glass ceiling at The Great Indian Laughter Challenge (Season 4) in 2008. Her performances as Lalli (a fat schoolgirl) and Golu (a Sardar boy) were an instant hit. In fact, Singh’s alter-ego, Lalli, drawn from her childhood antics, is proving to be an enduring cult figure.
A gold medalist in pistol shooting and archery at the national level, 26 year-old Singh tells us about the comedy business. “The Indian connect always works. Our script writers are always tapping into social and political realities familiar to our audience,” she says. “Don’t expect any money at the beginning though. As a newcomer on the circuit, expect brickbats, heckling or worst of all, no laughs.”
Singh won the Kalpana Chawla Award for Excellence last year for her contribution to the world of comedy. She has completed over 400 stage shows for Punjab Naatshala and today is a familiar face on various TV channels. Apart from India, she has also performed in USA, Canada, Dubai, Singapore and Australia.