In today’s world with the advent of social media and internet we have seen rise in standup comedy circle which has brought a sea change in Indian Comedy Circuit.
Audience wants to laugh and have fun. The last few years have seen stand up comedy clubs blooming all over India and standup acts are going viral on Youtube and other social media.
Following is the list of top 10 standup comedians in India.
1. Anubhav Singh Bassi
Anubhav is well qualified lawyer and was once an UPSC aspirant. He tried his luck in a food business before becoming the standup comedian that he is known today.
Some of his comedy sketches like “Hostel”, “Waxing” and “Cheating” have become huge sensation on YouTube with over 200 million+ views and 3 million + subscribers and 1 million + followers on Instagram.
He was born in Parkshitgarh in Meerut District of Uttarpradesh.
Bassi has created a niche for himself and developed his own brand of comedy over the years.
2. Abhishek Upmanyu
Abhishekh Upmanyu is a chemical engineer by qualification, but later on he turned his passion into his profession.
He worked as a research analyst and then he quit his dayjob and joined ‘On Air with AIB’ as a writer and then he became popular all thanks to his witty, humourous and fun filled acts like Friends, Crime and Cosmos; Delhi, Mumbai & Rich People and Breakup, Respecting Elders and Discrimination.
He got a job as an intern with “Ranbaxy”, Gurgaon in 2009 and “Engineers India Limited” , New Delhi. He worked in several corporates like HPCL-Mittal Energy Ltd in 2011.
3. Abish Mathew
Abish Mathew began his career as an Radio Jockey in Red FM, Delhi before turning to standup comedy.
He came into limelight thanks to his show Son Of Abish which is quite popular on YouTube where he had hosted a lot of famous youtubers and many Bollywood Stars.
In 2015, He got engaged to Archana Kavi they later separated. In 2018 he appeared in an AmazonPrime Video special Whoop.
Abish has been a brand consultant for over a decade and has played pivotal role as a content creator for brands like Bacardi, Netflix, HP etc. His clean humor has won over crowds in clubs, colleges and corporates alike.
4. Aditi Mittal
Aditi Mittal is one of the foremost female standup comedians in India. Over the years she has appeared she has appeared in several comedy shows across the world.
In 2013, BBC invited Aditi Mittal in the prestigious 100 women conference in London. Aditi appeared in the American documentary Stand-Up Planet. She jokes on various cultural issues and problems women face in India.
She became because her popular acts like “The Story Of Madhumakkhi” and Bra Shopping.In 2014, She was on the roast panel of AIB Knockout.
5. Appurv Gupta
Appurv Gupta is an engineer by qualification, He was regularly performing in several college fests and corporate events.
His comedy sketches include a humorous take on a middle class Indian family and culture where he performce as Gupta Ji.
He is best known for his acts like GuptaJi Ki Aeroplane Wali Journey and Apple, Micromax and Patli Pin wala charger. He was ranked in top 20 stand up comedians in India in 2014.
6. Atul Khatri
Atul Khatri is an Engineer and MBA by qualification, He worked as a CEO in his family run computer business before taking the plunge in standup comedy as an alternative career option.
Atul was part of East India Comedy group and has performed in numerous comedy clubs. He also appeared on several OTT shows and a number of TV commercials for popular brands, Some of his most popular stand up comedy acts include Atul Khatri On Justin Bieber Concert and When Your Child Turns 18.
He was the only Indian to perform in the Hong Kong Comedy Festival in Sep 2014. He was winner of the CEOs GOT Talent Season 1.
7. Biswa Kalyan Rath
Biswa Kalyan Rath is IIT Graduate and hails from the Eastern state of Odisha, Biswa Kalyan Rath is one of the most popular standup comedians of India.
He came in the limelight through his Pretentious Movie Reviews alongwith fellow comedian Kanan Gill.
He entered the limelight and became a popular figure in Indian standup comedy circuit as he performed in several comedy clubs across India and several OTT apperances. Some of his must-watch acts include Biswa Mast Aadmi and Uber and Me.
Even though he started his Youtube Channel since 2008, it was not until 2015 that he began regularly uploading videos, He became famous for his Pretentious Movie reviews.
He regularly posts absurd one-liners on Twitter and is also active on Facebook. He consistently posts absurd and weird one-liners on Twitter and remains active on Facebook.
8. Kanan Gill
Kanan Gill came into prominence with his “Pretentious Movie Reviews” where he appeared along with Biswa Kalyan Rath.
He has since then performed in the top comedy clubs across the country and OTT platforms like Amazon video and Netflix. His must-watch acts include Prem Aggan Review and Siblings.
9. Kenny Sebastian
Kenny Sebastian performed in many of the world’s leading international shows as well as on several OTT platforms including Amazon Prime Video and Netflix.
His stand up acts you should watch are Middle Class restaurants problem & Indian Parents, OCD and Electricity at Home.
10. Kunal Kamra
Kunal Kamra is famous for his news and controversies these days, Kamra worked as a production assistant in an ad agency for several years before starting his as a comedian.
He has since then appeared in several ad films and OTT shows.
His comedy often targets the politicians and government with some of his famous acts being Patriotism and Government and Revisiting Demonetisation.
Kunal’s show “Shut Up Ya Kunal!” is also quite popular on YouTube where he has invited numerous guests who are eminent in their fields and include Arvind Kejriwal, Javed Akhtar, Ravish Kumar and Asaduddin Owaisi.
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