The rise of stand-up comedy in India.


The generation from 90’s remember how ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ introduced a thing called stand-up comedy. Followed by a gap of few years, and then came ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil Sharma’.  Parallel to it, somewhere stand-up acts got side-lined. The major reason was that Comedy Nights was a Television program whereas stand-up acts were uploaded on YouTube.

Also, back in the day language was a barrier. People weren’t as much comfortable in watching English comedy as they were with Hindi comedy. However, slowly and gradually the audiences; as they got tired of the same old stereotypical comedy shows, switched to YouTube in search of something fresh. And boom! New jokes, fresh ideas, and relatable content are something that makes a stand-up act successful. And needless to say, YouTube is flooded with these kinds of acts from different comedians. Be it a laughter gig, musical comedy or an impromptu act, the stand-up comedians are just hilarious.


The AIB knockout video (Popularly known as the Roast Video) was again a landmark in Indian stand-up comedy. Though it made headlines, for the first time ever people of our country had an opinion about comedy. Back then, it wasn’t taken as much seriously. Also, there was a set of audience who was in support for AIB (All India Bakchod). Currently, the YouTube channel of AIB has over Two Million subscribers. As per the sources, the team of AIB earns as much as 3.5 to 4 lakhs INR as a video of theirs’ crosses 1 Million views.


Zakir Khan, Kanan Gill, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Vipul Goyal, Daniel Fernandes, Kenny Sebastian are some who have made it big in the business of comedy. They have their individual fan base. Apart from it, the views on their YouTube videos cross a million views.


Open mics are increasing day by day. This gives an opportunity to the coming talent in comedy. The venues for stand-up comedy in India have been increased by 300%. A Large number, right! Earlier, stand-up acts were performed in laughter clubs which are usually auditoriums. Now that the audience base has increased, stand-up acts are performed in stadiums as well. There is also an increase in corporate shows. The stand-up acts are now not limited to just Mumbai and Delhi. As the industry has flourished, the acts are now performed in many cities as Ahmedabad, Surat, Baroda, Bangalore, Kolkata, Goa, Jaipur, Chennai and much more.


The myth that comedians do not earn much has been busted. They all are stealing our hearts with their creativity. If you haven’t checked any of their videos, do check on YouTube and have a good laugh. It will make your day!