india’s top comedians

Laughter is one of the most elevating emotions and can brighten up things instantly between two strangers and this is why it’s becoming a source entertainment for so many people around the world. Be it Russell Peters, Raju Srivastav, or the newer generation of comics like Biswa Kalyan Rath and Aditi Mittal, we all have laughed ourselves silly and loved every bit of their insult comedy, slapsticks and anecdotes. Here are some notable Stand-Up Comics in India everyone must tune in to!

Zakir Khan

Zakir Khan is synonymous to the quintessential 'launda' from your friendly neighbourhood..

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Abish Mathew

One of a kind, Abish Mathew's performances are full...

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Vir Das

Known for his 'Weirdass' comedy (pun intended), Vir Das is one of the funniest and..

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Amit Tandon

With over 700+ Comedy Shows across the globe, Amit Tandon is known...

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Atul Khatri

A Mumbai-based businessman, Atul Khatri willfully (that's what he said).

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Neeti Palta

Neeti Palta is from a writing background in advertising and TV with JWT...

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Jeeveshu Ahluwalia

Like most people in a corporate job in Gurgaon, Jeeveshu.....

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Kishore Dayani

Just when he was very close to being a corporate...

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Kenneth Sebastian

One of the most talented of the lot, Kenneth Sebastian can crack you about absolutely .....

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Karunesh Talwar

We don't know where he's from and perhaps that is the thing about underrated stars. All we know is that...

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Sapan Verma

Sapan is one of the founding members of EIC and has done over 1000 live shows all across the world in a short...

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Sahil Shah

A regular at the Comedy Store, the greatest comedy club in the world,....

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Papa CJ

Unapologetically and almost always politically incorrect, Papa CJ...

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Kanan Gill

An Army brat, Kanan is a Software engineer but he has always had a knack for comedy. Be it about blackheads or the...

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Appurv Gupta

One of the India's leading Hinglish stand-up comedians, Appurv Gupta did what most people..

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Aditi Mittal

One of the first Indian women to make a mark in Stand-Up comedy, Aditi Mittal stepped...

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Vasu Primlani

In the year 2016, Vasu Primlani became the first Stand-Up Comedian in India....

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Vipul Goyal

Born in Rajasthan, Vipul Goyal has a degree in Electrical engineering from IIT...

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Manish K Tyagi

New in the comedy circuit, Manish is a Corporate Trainer and Stand-Up Comedian. After a career...

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Biswa Kalyan Rath

Famously Known as 'Mast Aadmi', Biswa came to light with his YouTube Comedy series called..

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About Abish Mathew

One of a kind, Abish Mathew's performances are full of funny original songs, comical sketches of people and musical comedies with a zest of mockery and sarcasm. He is known for his contribution in AIB and his series 'Son of Abish' which has featured stars like Kanan Gill, Badshah, Vishal Dadlani, Taapsee Pannu, Vir Das, and Cyrus Broacha. His comedy special 'Abish and Friends Hit The Big Time' ran a full house for 3 years. Abish left his job as a radio jockey with Delhi's Hit 95 FM in 2012 and came to Mumbai to explore more options. In just 3 years he became not just one of the top comedians in India but also a troublemaker.

About Vir Das

Known for his 'Weirdass' comedy (pun intended), Vir Das is one of the funniest and most talented comedians in India. He is a master of making people laugh through various mediums, be it his English Stand-up, his comedy specials, his videos on YouTube or movies like Go, Goa, Gone, and Delhi Belly. With comedy specials like Brown Men Can't Hump, Not for Members Only, Bored of The Things!, Who Let the Das Out?, Son of a Switch! and VIRagra, he has gained himself a following of millions across the world. No matter who you are, it is impossible to escape the charm of his improvisational comedy. Currently, he's touring across the UK with his new special 'Boarding Das'.

About Amit Tandon

With over 700+ Comedy Shows across the globe, Amit Tandon is known for his clean comedy in the corporate field. Born in Patiala, he's an engineer and got his degree in MBA. His humour connects with people of all ages, especially the ones who are young at heart. If you're looking for a fun family outing, do check out his shows. From boards exams to being a middle class, he can make every topic of horror sound hilarious. He is also the runner up of CEO's Got Talent telecasted on CNBC TV 18. Amit was also one of the first comedians to be featured on Rising Stars of Comedy by NDTV and he was also a part of the 'Spread the cheer' campaign for Comedy Central in Delhi.

About Aditi Mittal

One of the first Indian women to make a mark in Stand-Up comedy, Aditi Mittal stepped into the land of Indian stand-up comedy after she quit her job in New York. She is the second Indian to have her own Netflix special- 'Things They Wouldn't Let Me Say', where she bares it all with her comedy sketch of the Indian aunty who imparts sex education. She is unafraid and explores the lesser explored. She is witty, intelligent, and incredibly funny. Be it political satire, parody or observational comedy, she's fluent at it all and believes that humour is the best fix for gravitas. A regular at Canvas Laugh Factory and Comedy Store Mumbai, she has also performed at venues and humour festivals across the world.

About Atul Khatri

A Mumbai-based businessman, Atul Khatri willfully (that's what he said) decided to do English Stand-Up comedy just so he could tick it off his own personal bucket list. A self-proclaimed Twitter celebrity, Atul's humour ranges from topical events to observational, from things like Justin Bieber's Concert to being a stingy Sindhi and more. He was rated among the top Indian comedians by CNN-IBN and is also the winner of the 'CEO's Got Talent' award by FremantleMedia. A regular at the Comedy Store, Atul Khatri was also a part of the comedy collective EIC. Atul brings not just the trademark Sindhi humour, but also his close-fisted perspective into the world of stand-up comedy.

About Kishore Dayani

Just when he was very close to being a corporate honcho, enlightenment came to him like Nirvana. Kishore Dayani then found Laughter Nation, which curated comedy events. He also tried his hand at Stand-up comedy and is gifted in the art of showing things in a funny light with his hilarious anecdotes, sometimes mixed with his personal experiences and current events. The Stand-up comedian, actor and writer is functional in Delhi and has over 200 shows under the belt, which include the very successful shows like All is Well, One Night Stand up, and more

About Appurv Gupta

One of the India's leading Hinglish stand-up comedians, Appurv Gupta did what most people do to become a Stand-Up comedian, that is engineering. His routines are on things relatable to most Indians like GST, demonetization, Whatsapp and relationships. He has performed at big MNCs and has done over 250 Stand-Up Comedy events since then. Appurv was also on the list of "Top 20 Indian Stand-Up comedians in 2014" by CNN-IBN. He was also shortlisted for the Forbes India 100 Celebrity nominees list of 2015. His most famous routines are Appurview, RelationShip Or RelationShit and Laugh with an Engineer 2.0. He was also featured multiple times on NDTV Prime/profit in the show 'The Rising Stars of Comedy' and is a must-watch when you're in the mood for some heavy-dose laughter.

About Biswa Kalyan Rath

Famously known as 'Mast Aadmi', Biswa came to light with his YouTube Comedy series called Pretentious Movie Reviews, and he never looked back. With Pretentious Movie Reviews, Biswa and his friend Kanan ripped apart movies which went way beyond logic and common sense, and it made everyone laugh like nothing else. Because of the huge acclaim of the series, Biswa also tried his luck with stand-up comedy in 2015 which was an instant hit with people across India. It led to his national tour with his special 'Biswa In your face' in September 2015. When not doing sold-out shows across India, you can find Biswa making hilarious quips on Twitter or his videos about things like a nail-cutter, Uber rides, extroverts, laziness and chaos.

About Jeeveshu Ahluwalia

Like most people in a corporate job in Gurgaon, Jeeveshu also had Monday allergies so he quit his job to make people laugh. Many years down the line, he's still making people across the world roll on his jokes. His always on point humour comes from strangest of places, often from everyday conversations in Gurgaon, quirky monologues, characteristic Punjabi situations and unusual friends. Jeeveshu will remind you of that friend from Delhi who doesn't always intend to be funny but still makes everyone in the room laugh.

About Zakir Khan

Zakir Khan is synonymous to the quintessential 'launda' from your friendly neighbourhood. He will remind you of the joke "Don't be ashamed of yourself. Let your parents do that job for you". Raised in Indore, he has been through everything that you have. He connects with his audience by making light of daily life struggles which everyone goes through, like having a bigger ego than your imaginary girlfriend, failing in the tenth standard, tackling judgmental salespeople, and the woes of being single. Zakir's fame skyrocketed when he grabbed the position of India's Best Stand-Up Comedian at Comedy Central's hunt for Best Stand-Up Comic of India in 2012. Recently, the comedian also toured across the country with his Amazon Prime special Haq Se Single.

About Kenneth Sebastian

One of the most talented of the lot, Kenneth Sebastian can crack you about absolutely anything, and by anything we mean even a Dosa! Especially good at Improv comedy, Kenny is a delight to watch. Hailing from a defence background, as a teenager, Kenny was fascinated by the concept of filmmaking and comedy. At the age of 19, got a chance to perform at The Comedy Store but unaware of how big it is, he passed on the big opportunity. 2 years later, he got a chance to perform there. When not touring with his comedy specials, Kenny can be found poking fun at quirks of middle-class Indian families and their obsession with their kids and saving electricity.

About Sahil Shah

A regular at the Comedy Store, the greatest comedy club in the world, Sahil Shah is one of the youngest people in the Stand-Up comedy scene in India. With a brilliant mix of insult and observational comedy, Sahil Shah proves the aphorism that 'tragedy is comedy', and you'd know this once see his stand-up on being single. One of the founding members of East India Comedy, Sahil has also been associated with shows like 'UR Fired' on channel V and 'The Front Row' on Star World. With over 900 shows around the world, Sahil was featured in Maxim and Indian Express for his commendable comedy acts. Apart from comedy clubs, his under-rated Snapchat presence, and sold out auditoriums, he has also made his mark in the industry by writing hilarious and entertaining scripts for the GIIMA Awards, the Screen Awards, and IIFA 2014.

About Sapan Verma

Sapan is one of the founding members of EIC and has done over 1000 live shows all across the world in a short span of 6 years. In his first solo called 'Obsessive Comedic Disorder (OCD)', Sapan talked about the 90s kids, their struggles and made his audience roar with laughter. When not making people laugh, Sapan spends his time stalking celebrities on Twitter for hilarious content. Talking about hilarious content, Sapan's videos have over 10 million views on YouTube and Facebook. Sapan has also written funny scripts for several shows as well as actors like Shahrukh Khan, Farhan Akhtar, Arjun Kapoor, Shahid Kapoor and more. You can also find his humour columns in old stashes of The Times of India, Hindustan Times, DNA, Grazia, Maxim, Deccan Chronicle and India Today.

About Papa CJ

Unapologetically and almost always politically incorrect, Papa CJ was called the 'Global Face Of Indian Stand-Up' by Forbes. In 2004, he gave up his corporate job and entered the world of Comedy (thank god for this). His deep observational comedy defies typical stereotypes related to South Asian people, including the infamous Asian accent, and needless to say, it is a hit all over the world. He has performed his specials in North America, Europe, Asia, Australia and Africa. He has also performed at some of the best Comedy Festivals in the world like Just for Laughs festival in Canada and Melbourne International Comedy Festival. He has also won awards for both- India and Asia's Best Stand-Up Comedian.

About Neeti Palta

Neeti Palta is from a writing background in advertising and TV with JWT, and had worked on shows like 'Galli Galli Sim Sim' before becoming a Stand-up comedian. In a minute she can wrap her hands around you with her sharp insult comedy and this is why she is one of India's favourite female Stand-Up comedians. She is merciless, ruthless and you'll love her. Her acts are about the idiosyncrasies in and around India including daily irritants, the life of women in India and men. She was voted as the best Stand Up Comic at the Oz Fest and was also India's first Stand Up comedian to perform at the prestigious Melbourne Comedy Festival in 2013.

About Kanan Gill

An Army brat, Kanan is a Software engineer but he has always had a knack for comedy. Be it about blackheads or the sadness that comes with a sibling, his smart observational humour and sketch comedy can make anyone laugh silly. No matter how dark and prejudiced, you'll end up wanting more from Kanan. While pursuing his job, Kanan participated in a contest called Punchliners Bangalore. He won that competition and left his job to make people laugh full-time. He also gained immense fame with his YouTube Series called Pretentious Movie Reviews with his friend Biswa Kalyan Rath. Apart from various Stand-Up Acts, Kanan also featured in a Bollywood Movie.

About Karunesh Talwar

We don't know where he's from and perhaps that is the thing about underrated stars. All we know is that he's super funny and always on point with his logic and comic timing. He started with open-mics and went on to win Comedy Store's RAW. Be it the movie Hera Pheri or your parents, he has the smartest and the funniest things to say about everything. He'll make you look at everyday things with a fresh perspective. He's so good that you will want to share all his videos with your friends once you're done with the binge-watching.

About Vasu Primlani

In the year 2016, Vasu Primlani became the first Stand-Up Comedian in India to win the prestigious Nari Shakti Award. Often called as India's Ellen, she is not just an international award-winning standup comedian but also an actor, business school professor, triathlete, corporate trainer, somatic therapist, and an environmentalist. If her 'resting bitch face' doesn't tip you off, her double entendre and her deadpan comedy surely will, and it will leave you rolling on the floor. When not making people laugh, she helps people with traumatic experiences heal.

About Vipul Goyal

Born in Rajasthan, Vipul Goyal has a degree in Electrical engineering from IIT Bombay. Like almost every other engineer in India, he wanted to do something else with his life. Inspired by the famous comedian Raju Srivastava, Vipul Goyal decided to give Stand-Up comedy a shot. As he would put it, he has the distinction of being the only stand up comic in India who can perform in four different languages - English, Hindi, Java and C++. Vipul Goyal usually takes a dig at the quirks of being an Indian, from Facebook, engineering, Indian trains, dating, management to politics. A core member of TVF, he is also the protagonist of a mini web series called Humorously Yours.

About Manish K Tyagi

New in the comedy circuit, Manish is a Corporate Trainer and Stand-Up Comedian. After a career spanning 23 years as a Commander in the Indian Navy, Manish decided that it's time for him to follow his conscience. With his daughter's support, Manish took the big leap and started doing stand-up comedy. Now in his fifties, Manish makes people laugh by his witty observational comedy. He has a unique style of sharing his life experiences and is loved for his free flowing style and speech by people across India. His routines are various things, from annoying rishtedaars we all have, to being in the Navy and being an engineer.

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