LAUGH­TER LIES IN THE X-CHRO­MO­SOMES

Women who make you LOL!

Woman's Era - - Contents - Aish­warya Ganesh

Who doesn’t want a dose of comedic medicine to brighten up their day? Be it slap­stick, satire, truth-to-power ban­ter, or a squirm-in­duc­ing roast – well, great! Stand-up com­edy is the new kid on the block and a pop­u­lar one at that! With the on­line revo­lu­tion bring­ing the likes of comic sen­sa­tions like Rus­sell Peters on our por­ta­ble screens, it wasn’t just cool gigs and a buzz­word any­more, In­dia was ready to laugh!

But there was still a catch. Com­edy, be it stand-up gigs or so­cial me­dia con­tent, had al­ways been pro­jected as a “guy” thing and, while the sud­den wave on so­cial me­dia had thrust sev­eral ta­lented co­me­di­ans into im­me­di­ate lime­light, sex­ism was quite ev­i­dent.

Which is why, shows like Queens of Com­edy, ap­pear al­most like a wel­come bout of fresh air. This show aims to give women comics a plat­form and an op­por­tu­nity to truly un­earth what fem­i­nine com­edy could look like. It also gets an­other brownie point for plac­ing In­dian women comics in a set­ting out­side of a lo­cal open mic where it does not feel like they are only a manda­tory fe­male fill-in.

De­spite the bleak sta­tis­tics, there are a few women who, against the odds, have suc­cess­fully bro­ken the glass ceil­ing tak­ing the stand-up com­edy world by storm! Cap­ti­vat­ing the au­di­ence with their quick wit, they are de­fi­ant against the un­writ­ten rules of so­ci­ety and de­liver gen­uine comic con­tent that leave the au­di­ence in splits!

Here are some of In­dia’s best co­me­di­ans who sim­ply hap­pen to be women.

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