Silent to Stand-Up Comedy Shows
“Life is Better when you are laughing”
Today every other person is a diehard fan of Kapil Sharma, Raju Srivastav, Ahsaan Qureshi, Johnny Lever or another witty stand-up comedian. Have you ever wondered how stand-up comedy originated? Here’s your chance to be enlightened!
Stand-up Comedy is a comic style where the comedian performs in front of a live audience, usually addressing them directly. This trend of comedy was unheard in India until a decade ago but it was highly popular in the western countries. Stand-up comedy came to life in the United Kingdom. Stand-up comedians used to perform in the music halls of United Kingdom in 18th and 19th century and entertain people. This was a new way for comedians to earn some quick money. It was a laughing matter as they had to submit their script to the censors before every show and the members of censorship would edit the script of all the portions they find/think is offensive. There were other different styles of comedy that also began to emerge in 70s to the 90s.
Mimicry is the most conventional art of comedy, where one mimics or in simple words acts in speech/behavior like another person. But of course Stand-up Comedy was considered to be the toughest form of comedy where the comedian cracks jokes instinctively on stage or performs with a well written script of funny one liners and puns.
Charlie Chaplin, with his silent comedy act became a huge hit in the United States. This was inspirational thereby motivating many aspiring comedians in India to follow that route. Film makers in India also introduced the magical element called humor in their films. This platform gave birth to many legendary comedians such as Mehmood Ali, Johny Walker, Kishore Kumar and Kader Khan. These comedians drew more crowds and were in fact paid more than the lead actors of that time. Presence of these comedians was the sole reason for people to watch a movie.
In 1986, Johny Lever performed in a charity show “Hope 86” with an audience of the entire Hindi film industry, the show was greatly loved. He was offered many comedy roles in the films thereafter.
The most admired Indian Comedian Kapil Sharma, ranked 3rd in the list by The Economic Times in 2015, is trending on television currently. He tickles people’s funny bones with his one-liners . “Comedy Nights With Kapil” is now succeeded by “The Kapil Sharma Show”.