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 last season of Comicstaan, the comedy talent hunt, was truly funny. The comics took risque pot-shots at politics, sex, and social injustice, making audiences laugh and appraise their own outlooks to these subjects. In other words, they did what good comedians ought to do. This time, however, they seem to be playing safe. In the first three episodes of season two that are currently on Amazon Prime, the ten contestants joke about things like house parties, dustbin lids and lawyers. There’s none of the bite of the last season.

The format of the show, which premiered on Friday, July 12, remains the same. The contestants – Shreeja Chaturvedi, Joel D’Souza, Rohan Gujral, Aakash Gupta, Supriya Joshi, Samay Raina, Raunaq Rajani, Ramya Ramapriya, Devanshi Shah and Sumit Sourav – are mentored by judges in the areas of anecdotal, improvisational and observational comedy. The show is hosted by Abish Mathew and Urooj Ashfaq and the panel of judges includes Kanan Gill, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Neeti Palta, Kaneez Surka, Zakir Khan and Sumukhi Suresh.

The judges didn’t seem particularly impressed either and their reactions often seemed forced. Hopefully, the new episodes, which will be out on Friday, July 19 on Amazon Prime will offer meatier performances.

THE UPSHOT
The first three episodes of the Amazon Prime Original show are rather insipid. Fans of season one and regular comedy-goers will be disappointed by the silly topics and tame jokes.

To know what’s playing on Amazon Prime in July, see here.