India is slowly becoming a land of comedians. Not long ago, it was being said that Indians are not able to handle jokes but things are different now. Comedians like Kapil Sharma, Raju Shrivastav, Aditi Mittal, Vir Das, and Tanmay Bhatt have inspired a new generation of comedians. These people have cracked the code to make an Indian laugh. We have analyzed their stand up comedy videos and are going to discuss five things which make an Indian laugh.
If you want to make an Indian laugh then here are few topics which will help you when throwing punchlines: Cricket, Bollywood, and Politics. Every Indian is fond of these things irrespective of his location in India.
The rise of comedians like Vir Das, Zakir Khan, Aditi Mittal, Kapil Sharma, Raju Srivastav has proven that using the right time and place is very important in making an Indian tickle. The influx of comedy in Bollywood by performers like Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav, Kader Khan, Paresh Rawal, and others in the early 2000s have proved that Indians don’t shy away from some good humor. Today, Indian comedians are no longer slaves to the media & film production houses. This is only possible due to platforms like Youtube, Instagram, Facebook, and other social networking websites.
These are the jokes which are brought up from the moral norms which are taught to us. Following moral norms is good but some strange norms do deserve a confined laugh. Indians might not follow the traffic rules but do make sure to follow their religious teachings. This fact is itself a joke. India is home to a lot of religions but the major ones are Hinduism, Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists and Zoroastrians. The learnings and teachings from these religions have given birth to a huge number of folk tales. And comedians use the weird ones to entertain their crowd.
Indian society is full of social and cultural differences. From towns and cities to villages and suburbs, India is full of both rich urban as well as rural life. The differences in one society section might be the cause of the laughter for another section. Indian Internet has seen the rise of memes on topics like JCB, traffic fines, work culture, marriage traditions, and other aspects of Indian societies. Picking up interesting topics from the daily life of a person living in an Indian Society is the best way to pitch a funny sense.
Bollywood celebrities, actors and actresses are often left red-faced when 1.3 billion people follow them. Therefore every small or big artist has its own PR Team to maintain the status of the celebrity. Although, fans never leave an opportunity to give a stick to others' fans. Bollywood actors like Akshay Kumar, Govinda, Boman Irani, Johnny Lever, Rajpal Yadav, Kader Khan, Paresh Rawal, and many others have a separate fanbase due to their humorous roles in the industry.
In India, cricket is a religion and cricketers are gods. Although like other gods, these gods are often ridiculed when they are not performing as per the standards required. India is a sport-loving nation and cricket is its religion. In a recent heart-breaking loss to New Zealand in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, no one was sure about the Indian fans’ reaction. But social media trends proved that the majority of the cricket fans accepted the result in a rather humorous fashion.
India is a land of exams from the moment you enter the school life. The tough and gruesome nature of pressure in Indian education is not everyone's cup of tea. People who come out of this system with flying colors do love to hear and laugh on their previous life as a student.