Directors: Khuzema Haveliwala, Nenshad H Karbhari, Vicky Shah, Manu Prakash Singh, Angshuman Ghosh, Abhijit Bagle
Cast: Kanan Gill, Abish Mathew, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kenneth Sebastian, Sumukhi Suresh, Kaneez Surka, Zakir Khan, Neeti Palta, Urooj Ashfaq
Seasons: 2 (2018, 2019)
The finale of Comicstaan Season 2 was shot at the Royal Opera House in Mumbai and released on Amazon Prime on Friday, August 16.
Comedians Aakash Gupta and Samay Raina tied for the first spot, winning a golden trophy and a cash prize of Rs 10 lakh each. Supriya Joshi ended at fifth position, Sumit Saurav placed above her and Raunak Rajani took the second runner-up spot. While all five contestants were hilarious, we would’ve liked to see Shreeja Chaturvedi being rewarded for her terrifically deadpan humour and Joel D’Souza for his sharp punchlines .
Instead of the usual three-minute set, finalists were given five minutes. They used their time well. In previous episodes, the comedians seemed to hold back, delivering tame gags. In the finale, on the other hand, they were joyously uninhibited. For instance, Sumit Saurav who was the first one to go on stage, cracked people up with his jokes on his parents’ late embrace of social media. As a result, his mother is forced to field, at this age, pictures of the male apparatus. Aakash Gupta tore into the censor board, keeping the audience in a continuous state of belly-aching mirth.
Raunaq Rajani described working as a broker with his father (it’s tough to abuse your boss if he happens to be your dad), and Supriya Joshi, who floundered initially, picked up with a set of fat jokes aimed at skewering body-shamers. The last one to perform was Samay Raina, who had been among the top three since day one. He had the the judges in splits with his jokes about movies like Toilet: Ek Prem Katha that preach to the converted (by making a case for potty training to folks who have loos in their homes).
Among the judges who were also scored each week after their mentoring sessions, Kenny Sabastian emerged the winner, beating Neeti Palta who was leading until last week.
The second season, a procession of bland episodes, doesn’t match the energy and writing of the first season. However, the finale made up somewhat with comedians serving up no-holds-barred humour.