Your Monthly Stand-Up Comedy Planner – January 2015

What better way to start off the new year than witness live comedy from the country’s finest stand-up artists?

With the steady rise of the English stand-up comedy scene in India, it is safe to say that the art form has finally found a niche urban audience and will only gain more momentum this year. There are some great shows lined up; so much so that you will be spoiled for choices.

Confused which stand-up event you should attend? Do not fret, we have compiled a list of this month’s best stand-up gigs to make sure you do not miss out on any of the fun.

1. Weirdass Pajama Festival

Curated by Vir Das, Weirdass Pajama Festival is officially the biggest comedy festival in India. This year, it is happening simultaneously in Mumbai, Pune and Delhi and features the who’s who of stand-up comedy. The festival also boasts some unique new concepts such as an all-women stand-up special, a tandoor (roast) of Suhel Seth and a tribute to the legendary Johnny Lever. So make your pick and go crazy!
When: January 23 – February 1, 2015
Buy tickets here.

2. We Call Your Bullshit

As the name suggests, this show is pure unadulterated comedy. Comedians Clifford Afonso and Dhruv Sachdeva are known for their wacky audience interactions, and for introducing the concept of experimental comedy in India. From dirty dancing to body shots, this comedy gig has everything to make you go LOL!
When: January 14 – 17, 2015
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Lower Parel, Mumbai.
Buy tickets here.

3. The Improvisers

Abish Mathew, Kaneez Surka, Kenneth Sebastian and Kanan Gill are probably four of the best comedians in the country. And to watch them do improv is sheer delight. Take it from someone who has watched them live and laughed till he cried. They are the best at what they do and then some!
When: January 14, 2015
Where: The High Spirits Cafe: Pune.
Buy tickets here.

You can also catch them performing at The Hive on January 15.

4. India v/s. The World

The folks at East India Comedy have constantly been pushing the envelope when it comes to comedy. With their new special, they will be settling hilarious bouts between all the crazy things under the sun. If you are in Kolkata, you should definitely watch Sorabh Pant and team blow your brains away with their comedy!
When: January 9, 2015
Where: GD Birla Sabhagar, Kolkata.
Buy tickets here.

5. The Kings of Comedy

Jeeveshu Ahluwalia and Maheep Singh are literally the funniest Punjabis in Delhi. These crowd favorites have established themselves with their observational style of humor and are sure to keep you rolling with laughter. What’s better is that the ticket price is a steal compared to the amount of fun you are going to have!
When: January 14, 2015
Where: The Westin Hotel: Gurgaon
Buy tickets here.

6. Inferiority Complex

You’ve seen him as the other half of the Pretentious Movie Reviews duo, and now is your chance to catch Biswa Kalyan Rath in his maiden one-hour special! Brash and unadulterated, he will rant on about things that bug him the most, compiling his stand-up material from the past two years. A rare delight for every stand-up comedy fan.
When: January 14, 2015
Where: Jagriti Theatre, Bengaluru
Buy tickets here.

And here is some other stuff in the stand-up scene that you shouldn’t miss this month:

1. Rising Stars

Catch the best of the upcoming talent in stand-up comedy.
When: January 26, 2015
Where: Canvas Laugh Club, Lower Parel, Mumbai.
Buy tickets here.

2. Stand-Up Events at The Hive

One of the best cultural hangout spots in Mumbai, The Hive hosts at least two open mics for aspiring comedians and weekend gigs featuring the city’s finest comic talent.

Their events this month are:

Comedy on the Big Mic
When: January 12 and 26, 2015
Where: The Hive, Khar (West)
Buy tickets here and here

Stand Up Guys
When: January 16 and 17, 2015
Where: The Hive, Khar (West)
Buy tickets here.

3. Blurred Lines

A hilarious performance by India’s only blind comic, Sundeep Rao and his alter ego, DJ Soapy.
When: January 9, 2015.
Where: B Flat, Bengaluru.
Buy tickets here.

4. Let’s Improvise

Another up-and-coming improv comedy troupe that will have you in splits.
When: January 10, 2015
Where: Nera Regency, Hyderabad.
Buy tickets here.

5. Laugh OK Please
A bi-monthly comedy special that features EVAM, one of the most innovative comedy troupes in the country.
When: January 18, 2015
Where: Vapour, Bengaluru.
Buy tickets here.

So there you have it, the best stand-up gigs happening pan India in January. Here’s hoping the first month of 2015 sees you laughing till you wet your pants.

Pssst… A little birdie tells us that the amazing Bill Burr is coming to India in February! Known for his unabashed comedy styling, the legendary Bill Burr has also acted in Breaking Bad! And if there is a list of the comedians you should watch before you die, then this man is most certainly on it. Go watch him live and you won’t regret it. Here is what you can expect:


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