Half a year gone by and not a single entry on this blog.
The blog title says “ Churningthewordmill is in transit…. and has been forever..!” That should explain the reason for the absence. We’ll come to the details of the transit in a while; but right now it’s at attempt to revive this blog with a comedy show.
Did you know that Delhi has a Comedy Club? The New Delhi Comedy Club exists and one of the things it does is to organise comedy shows in the city. (They don’t have a website so its hard to know what else they do) I attended a stand –up comedy show by the Club at Akshara Theatre with a bunch of friends. It was a new experience for me. So far comedy has been limited to whatever the tv or radio dish out. A live show had never been watched.
The format of the show was pretty straight forward. Three comedians with a 15-20 minute slot each performed their act and did their best to get the audience in splits. The comedians on the show were Adam Learner (a foreign national who spoke with an American accent and held a full time job in New Delhi), Denny George (an under 30 who looked promising) and Rajneesh Kapoor (the main attraction of the evening). Maheep Singh, another comedian, was the emcee for the evening.
The show lasted an hour. Each comedian came prepared (one came with cues written on the back of his hand!) with his act. All managed to catch the attention of the audience. Some lines got smiles, others lead to outburst of unrestrained laughter.
The emcee, a comedian himself, contributed his share of jokes for the evening. Some free merchandise (badges and posters) were given away to at the end of the show. I am not sure if they were truly free. The emcee mentioned “ There is merchandise we can’t sell so we are giving it out for free. But you can pay for it also.” Unsure of whether that was to be taken seriously or not, I stayed away from the merchandise.
The overall execution of the show was good. There were no technical goof ups. The comedians didn’t forget their lines. The sound quality was good. The audience was well behaved and decent. They kept to the time limit. Well, almost. 10 minutes here and there is alright. That is, in fact, the norm in Delhi..
India doesn’t seem to have a culture for live comedy shows. Or at least I haven’t been exposed to them. So from that point of view this was an interesting experience for me. It was funny too (in parts. Not all the jokes were my type). Definitely a good break from the string of silly Bollywood movies I have been watching.
Would I go for another comedy show? Probably yes, if I got good company to go with. As a one-time experience I recommend it to all.