It was around 7 in the evening when I reached the Punjab Arts Council Auditorium at Chandigarh. Jaspreet Singh was performing his stand-up comedy show ‘Tu Toh Chup Hi Reh’ in half an hour. I could see a horde of people gathering up, all excited to see the young man display his antics. Five minutes before the show was about to start, I looked around to see the number of people who had turned up. To my amazement, it was a packed show with not one empty seat. Jaspreet and the show presenters, Punchliners, had managed to generate quite the curiosity for the show amongst the people of Chandigarh and its periphery.
I was really looking forward to Jaspreet Singh’s performance, mainly because I had seen his videos that he had uploaded a couple of months back, namely ‘Ghar Ki Talaash’, ‘Dad, Savings Aur Milk’ and ‘Horror Movies’. His last video has had more than 2 million views and like many others, I became an instant fan. To be honest, I was skeptical about the live performance. Undoubtedly his 5-minute videos were exceptional, but can he entertain for an hour? I had never seem him on TV and no one had even reviewed him earlier. He had done fillers for senior comedians in the past, but can he pull off a show all by himself? As these thoughts crossed my mind, the lights went off, and the spot light came on.
‘Tu Toh Chup Hi Reh’ started with a brief stand-up comedy act by Manpreet Singh. He created a light mood before he invited Jaspreet on stage – the man we all were waiting for eagerly. As soon as he started his performance, laughter rippled across the auditorium. He has a unique way of putting his point forward. In each of his stories, he starts off calmly, shares some background details about the particular story, involves the audience and as soon as he reaches the conclusion, he is greeted with laughter, applause and whistles.
There is a famous saying that goes, ‘Life literally abounds in comedy if you just look around you’. This holds true for Jaspreet Singh who touches topics that are absolutely relatable. He shared his stories on parents boasting about their children to others, an adolescent boy’s interactions with his father, his experiences with his girlfriend, how embarrassing kids can be sometimes in front of neighbors, the difference between women’s lingerie and men’s undergarments – all seem to be taken from nuances that he observed. He described the episode when his mother met his girlfriend for the first time that blew me and the audience away. His stories on ‘Relationship is the Mother of all Inventions’ and ‘Difference between Abuses in Delhi and Punjab’ brought the house down. What I missed in his act were the epic jokes that we got to see in his videos. Had he included a couple of those, it would have been icing on the cake.
In a nutshell, the handsome Sardarji from Amritsar not only managed to live up to my expectations, but also consolidated a fact that he is one of the most blessed comedians in India. The 27-year-old’s journey has just begun and given his capability, he would surely be the next big thing in stand-up comedy. For all those who seek serious comedy and want to laugh till your stomach hurts, watch Jaspreet Singh’s ‘Tu Toh Chup Hi Reh’.
-By Gurlove Singh