If you love stand-up comedy but don’t particularly care for double entendres and dirty jokes, then Saikiran Rayaprolu must certainly be on your list of comics to watch. The Hyderabadi and his brand of family-friendly humour are growing increasingly popular with audiences.
Saikiran decided to dabble into comedy after being inspired by Russell Peters. He took part in an open mic contest in Hyderabad in 2014 and won, and there’s been no looking back since.
For Saikiran, it’s a conscious decision to stay away from crude jokes. He believes that by doing so, his shows appeal to a wider spectrum of audience. He has travelled across the country with his solo show Pure Veg Jokes, which has enjoyed great reception in a lot of cities.
Saikiran wears a rather calm demeanour on stage and seldom gets animated. His brand of humour is largely autobiographical, that is observations and rants from his life experiences, packing plenty of sarcastic jibes. There’s a fair bit of social commentary as well in his sets. Here’s his sermon on the trials of being dark-skinned in Indian society…
Here’s some “sit-down comedy” in which he imparts ground-breaking education tips.
He recently started a “WordRoast” series on his YouTube channel in which he takes a critical look at certain words from the English language.
Catch Saikiran as he teams up with his good pal and fellow Hyderabadi Rohit Swain in Comedy Crackers, an online streaming comedy show.
When: Thursday, February 11 at 9.30pm.
Saikiran will try out fresh material, comprising interesting thoughts and hilarious stories, in his solo show Rolling New Jokes on Zoom.
When: Sunday, February 21 at 7pm.