A Sit Down Take on Indian Stand Up.

MissMalini , 10 May 2013
The Comedy Store - St. Andrews
The Comedy Store – St. Andrews

So last night I hopped over to St. Andrews Bandra to witness The Indian Comedy Store’s first roaming comic brigade starting with Sapan Verma, Atul Khatri and Rohan Joshi. Now I enjoy stand up and I get desi jokes (for the most part) so please know that this blog post comes from a place of love (and yes, admittedly some fear.) Lets go.

The Comedy Store - St. Andrews
The Comedy Store – St. Andrews

Definite highlight of the evening, opening 80s soundtrack. We walked in to Broken Wings, We Will Rock You and Take on MePure genius. I feel the build up was a tad long and a little Rocky 5, but… I’ll let that slide.

Our first comic, Sapan Verma also played host for the night and was quite sweet about it all. I loved his irreverent dig at the not-so-full house with:

Sapan Verma
Sapan Verma

LOL I even chuckled a little at his “MBA aspirant is not a career!” jokes.

Then came Atul Khatri.

@one_by_two
@one_by_two

Oh boy, now how do I put this? It is very rarely that a comedy show makes you sad. The kind of sad you feel when a puppy gets run over right in front of your eyes. I feel bad cos I wanted to like you, I really did. You seem like a nice guy, the green pants were even kinda trendy and I totally giggled at the Gujju jibes…

Atul Khatri
Atul Khatri

BUT did you really have to go the dirty-old-man route? And do you really have to do it on toilet humor block? I’m sorry, but I’m unfollowing you until you clean up your act. (Literally.)

Atul Khatri
Atul Khatri

PS. I am both amazed and distraught that the peanut gallery behind me was peeing themselves laughing at some of your jokes. Fess up, was that family?

No but I have to say, I had a similarly eerie experience when I went to watch (don’t ask why) Housefull 2. Is it that my fellow Indians are SO easily amused and I just don’t get it? Because It was SERIOUSLY shocking to see people guffawing at every crass comment like retrograde Beavis and Buttheads.

I’ll be honest, during intermission we discussed the merits of staying or leaving. And I said I had to see this through, wherever it may take me. Plus I had faith in Rohan Joshi. I am happy to report we were not disappointed :)

The Comedy Store - St. Andrews
The Comedy Store – St. Andrews

Even though this was one lady’s reaction to the awesome 80s on full blast (particularly Thriller) personally, I loved it!

Once again Sapan returned with an excellent observation, “If you wanna know how big a dork a guy is, just ask him what his email ID was back in the 80s.” Hahaha. (I’m looking at you [email protected]) I also agree 100% with:

Sapan Verma
Sapan Verma

And by far my favorite comic observation of the night…

Sapan Verma
Sapan Verma

LOL.

Rohan Joshi, or @mojorojo as he’s popularly know on Twitter, I think hit it out of the park. I found myself truly cracking up (having removed myself from the vicinity of the peanut gallery by this point.) And I feel like this guy has a real face for comedy :o) and brilliant timing! He also asked aloud the question we have all wondered silently…

Rohan Joshi
Rohan Joshi

My favorite bit was his, ”all our problems come from old Hindi movies” tirade, especially the classic – rows and rows of crates filled with Johnsons baby powder only to be discovered by some ridiculous pandu who says:

Rohan Joshi
Rohan Joshi

*cue Bollywood SFX* and immediately Crime Master Go Go materialised in my mind! And I have to agree with Amrita on the one about the guy who lives in the ceiling at shoe stores!

@Bongster_Am
@Bongster_Am

So all in all, I’m happy I went (minus the middle). If you’ve got the stomache for it check out the next installment at Blue Frog this Sunday. I meanwhile am off to sample the Indian specialty Rojo mentioned, of “cross cultural” cuisine :)

@MissMalini
@MissMalini
@mojorojo
@mojorojo

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