Imagine the country’s top stand-up comedians performing on the same stage. If you’re in Mumbai, you have a chance to experience this live. The Habitat, a trendy venue in Khar that hosts live gigs, has come up with a unique comedy show called Comedy Roulette, featuring a curated line-up of some of the most sought-after comics in the country.
The show, that takes place every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday evening, is a set of three to four gigs by top stand-up comedians along with five to six unique acts. A host will tie the sets together. Here’s a look at some of the comics on their roster.
An audio engineer and a law graduate, Aakash Mehta decided to try stand-up comedy when a pretty girl complimented him for his sense of humour. His stories range from Mumbai’s local trains to airports to Tinder to long-distance relationships. He also treats his audience to a bit of dark humour from time to time.
One of the top comics in the country today, Aditi Mittal describes herself as “the girl Alok Nath warned his daughters about”. Her jokes can be of utmost irreverence, often provoking members of the audience to exclaim, “Did she just say that?!” Read more about her here.
Anirban Dasgupta (pictured above) is yet another engineer who joined the comedy bandwagon. A self-proclaimed nice guy, his sets are often a 101 on being Bengali and living in Kolkata.
Mumbai boy Daniel Fernandes is one of the boldest stand-up comedians in the country. His humour largely comprises dark and satirical takes on politics and current affairs, and is often the kind to stir up controversy.
One of the first female comics in India’s stand-up scene, Jeeya Sethi’s performances should ideally be categorised as dramedies. Her jokes are served with a healthy dose of theatrics. Read more about her here.
This lady from Lucknow may seem soft-spoken, but her hard-hitting, deadpan punches will sneak up on you. Most people describe her humour as ‘weird’, though the nicer ones prefer to call it ‘unique’.