Get Crack­ing

India Today - - BEST OF INDIA - By Ku­nal Vi­jayakar, ac­tor and TV pre­sen­ter

It must have all started with suf­fi­ciently plas­tered, red- faced, soaked in booze lushes try­ing to grab at­ten­tion in the lo­cal bar. While the rest of the guz­zlers tried to find their feet, one must have lifted him­self up, to grab some at­ten­tion with some raunchy quips and bawdy sto­ries. For which he must have had to rise up to the mo­ment, on his feet and do what most oth­ers were prob­a­bly in no con­di­tion to do. Stand up. And the le­gend con­tin­ues to this day. Put four men and a bot­tle to­gether and you have the ge­n­e­sis of a stand- up rou­tine.

The next best venue for com­edy is the fam­ily get- to­gether. Th­ese things may not hap­pen as of­ten any­more, as they hap­pen in a Sooraj Bar­jatya film, but pic­ture a dot­ing mother an­nounc­ing to the group that her 10- year- old prog­eny is likely to be the next Kapil Sharma. What an am­bi­tion.

But an­other venue that brings both th­ese set- ups to­gether is a venue like the erst­while Com­edy Store in Mum­bai or Can­vas Laugh Fac­tory as it is now called. The venue is in­ti­mate, and snug. Most gigs are at­tended by friends and fam­ily of the per­former. I sa­lute The Fac­tory, and al­though I have the pa­tience and at­ten­tion span of a three- year- old when it comes to watch­ing stand- up rou­tines, I have re­tired glad that the venue ex­ists.

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MAN­DAR DEODHAR/

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