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SIM­PLY PUN­JABI BRINGS YOU PUN­JAB’S SU­PER FUNNY WHO RE­VEAL THE SE­CRETS OF JOSTLING PEO­PLE’S FUNNY BONE AND MORE

India Today - - COMEDY - BY PUJA RAINA MA­HAL­DAR

BHARTI SINGH Bharti Singh, fa­mous as Lalli, is def­i­nitely the pi­o­neer fe­male standup co­me­dian. Singh’s gigs at The Great In­dian Laugh­ter Chal­lenge ( Sea­son 4) in 2008 as Lalli ( a fat school­girl) and Golu ( a Sar­dar boy) have made her a house­hold name. But not many know that as a gold medal­ist in pis­tol shoot­ing and archery at the na­tional level, Bharti never dreamt of an act­ing and com­edy ca­reer. Even­tu­ally, it was Pun­jab Naat­shala that be­came a solid plat­form for her en­try into the in­dus­try. “I started do­ing the­atre in Naat­shala while in col­lege. There, vet­er­ans like Abu Sharma and Sudesh Lehri prompted me to take part in the Laugh­ter Chal­lenge and I au­di­tioned. When I got the call telling me I was se­lected, I thought it was a prank un­til the rep­re­sen­ta­tive from the pro­duc­tion house spoke to my fam­ily,” the co­me­dian re­calls. Her scripts and punches re­volve around so­cial and po­lit­i­cal re­al­i­ties fa­mil­iar to the au­di­ence. Just how se­ri­ously she takes com­edy is ob­vi­ous by the Kal­pana Chawla Award for Ex­cel­lence she won for her con­tri­bu­tion to­wards the world of com­edy. QUICK FIVE FAVOURITE PUN­JABI FOOD AM­RIT­SARI ALOO

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HASDI KHELDI KAPIL SHARMA Kapil Sharma needs no in­tro­duc­tion. Win­ner of ac­claimed com­edy shows like The Great In­dian Laugh­ter Chal­lenge and Com­edy Cir­cus, the much pop­u­lar 30- yearold from Am­rit­sar be­lieves that com­edy flows in Pun­jabi blood. But Sharma did not have it easy in the busi­ness at the be­gin­ning and he man­aged to get a foot in the door

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