LAUGHTER LIES IN THE X-CHROMOSOMES
Women who make you LOL!
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.