The present is the primary, child steps in direction of cleansing up the Tamil comedy house, which largely speaks to and is centered across the IT crowd
When Amazon Prime Video rolled out the primary version of Comicstaan in 2018, one of many criticisms held in opposition to the present, regardless of offering a platform for homegrown comics to learn from, was how predictable the jokes have been and the way sketchy the sketches have been, when in comparison with the usual set by worldwide reveals — with regard to content material and format.
If that would occur to Comicstaan, mentored and judged by a distinguished panel of comics who (in)appropriately have turn into the face of stand-up in India, a present which could historically be construed liberal if seen from the prism of the South, you’ll be able to think about what to not anticipate from Comicstaann ̶S̶e̶m̶m̶a̶ ̶C̶o̶m̶e̶d̶y̶ ̶P̶a̶.
It helps when you have seen the shockingly-banal trailer, for, it units the tone and, in a means, prepares you for what’s about to unfold on the present. However however right here’s the excellent news: the Tamil model of Comicstaan isn’t as dangerous as one would have thought it could be. It nonetheless is shaky, plastic-ky and largely unfunny in components. However allow us to save that for later.
In contrast to Comicstaan, which had over 10 judges and 10 contestants, the Tamil model has a shorter format (with eight episodes with a run time of 45 minutes every) and has three judges — Karthik Kumar, Praveen Kumar and Rajmohan Arumugam — mentoring a group of six comics, Syama Harini, Abhishek Kumar, Mayandi Karunanithi, Yogesh Jagannathan and Anamalai Lakshmanan, who’re put to acid take a look at in numerous genres of comedy: sketch, anecdotal, topical, comedy of errors and so forth.
The comics, after their preliminary resistance to cocoon out of their consolation zone, come alive and exhibit their persona — apparently one of many necessities in stand-up — because the present proceeds. However the place Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa will get fascinating is comedy of errors, a type of improv the place comics are given matters on the spot. Improv, in a cricket glossary, is like Check cricket which can actually decide whether or not you nonetheless have it. Some escape unscathed, whereas the injury has been executed.
However the harsh fact is: there may be not a single comic who’s extremely humorous. After all, there may be Abhishek Kumar — identified for his Janaki trainer movies — whose theatrics support him in reaching a sure sort of response. There’s Syama Harini, the one feminine comedian who owns the stage like no one does. There’s additionally Yogesh whose greatest energy appears to be making you purchase into his cluelessness.
Maybe the most important asset of Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa is Karthik Kumar; he’s pretty tutorial, tends to theorise punchlines, and explains why the joke is working or the place the development is faltering. As is Praveen Kumar, a self-proclaimed grasp of puns, insisting on tight units with tighter punchlines. It’s absolute pleasure to look at Karthik break down the basics of theatre; his analogies make you surprise why a few of his acts will not be as rapturous as he sounds them to be, one thing he himself confesses — “I’m barely in a complicated section proper now and that occurs to all of us.” Rajmohan Arumugam is a misfit right here, though his Mudumalai forest gag is a scream. Mervyn Rozario who has turned host looks like a greater match.
The present, if something, is a ghastly reflection of why the Tamil stand-up comedy scene is essentially pedestrian and doesn’t transcend the English-speaking, whiskey-drinking crowd with whom it’s related to.
Even a few of the premises that the comedians work on, are predominantly written and carried out to the #StraightOutta IT crowd, which occupies the dominant a part of at this time’s viewers, each inside and outdoors the present — it isn’t to be taken as a critique of the privileged lot. That isn’t the purpose I’m attempting to make.
I’m speaking of a comedy that’s ours; that is freed from courses, that’s firmly rooted, not only for the sake of it. Once I say ours, allow us to not prohibit the broadly-varied spectrum to a few matters: Tamil cinema, IPL and ladies’s points. Even the jokes written round these are, for the dearth of a greater phrase, vegetarian. Which is why I favored the dry humour that runs in Mayandi Karunanidhi’s units higher; he’s informal, easy and doesn’t appear to care that he’s performing. Maybe, what the South lacks within the comedy house is a Biswa Kalyan Rath, a Zakir Khan and even the current Akash Gupta.
What we hope to see sooner or later, if there’s a Season Two of Comistaann ̶S̶e̶m̶m̶a̶ ̶C̶o̶m̶e̶d̶y̶ ̶P̶a̶ that’s, is extra variety among the many judges and among the many contestants.
Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa is streaming on Amazon Prime Video