“It’s time to stand-up and get noticed,” declares Kapil Sharma, arguably the busiest Punjabi TV comic star today. Known for his stand-up comedy characters, Lala Roshan Lal (an old Punjabi man) and Shamsher Singh (the Punjab Police cop), 29 year-old Sharma is the winner of popular standup comedy show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge III. Last year, he won the Comedy
Circus Mahasangram in 2010, Comedy Circus Ke Superstars, Comedy Circus Ka Jadoo and in 2011 Jubilee Comedy Circus.
Sharma who also anchors various shows points out that a social message is the single-most important ingredient in comic content catering to intelligent audiences. “Anybody can indulge in buffoonery but to come up with a thought-provoking rib-tickler really requires grey cells,” he says.
Sharma writes all his scripts himself and draws inspiration from real-life observations. Speaking about his style, he says. “Observational humour always makes people laugh, apart from the regular community based jokes,” he says, “Political humour, however, falls flat if overdone. So I try to move beyond jaded one liners on politicians.” Sharma has also recently acted in the movie, It Is My Life, apart from doing cameos in the popular show Comedy
Ka Daily Soap.