W for Karunesh Tal(W)ar

The primary similarity between the content of stand-up comedian Karunesh Talwar and the Bollywood movie ‘Thappad’ is about making the audience uncomfortable about issues that have been normalized for too long. This cynical writer and comedian believe in choosing humor as a medium to communicate his angst against such happenings while also initiating a conversation around such topics. I discovered Talwar through one of his hard-hitting YouTube videos on women’s safety long back. Back then, he would mostly perform while sitting in one place. It was way different from the usual way of acting out jokes by most of his contemporaries. Over time, the chair has disappeared from the stage but the style of the act in the form of a conversation stays the same. The man with an expressive set of eyes only uses content and voice modulation to get his point across.

Karunesh Talwar - Source: Facebook
Karunesh Talwar – Source: Facebook

During his performance, there are no histrionics on stage, no over-the-top performances and no intention of sugar-coating jokes. He is one of the most sensible, straight-forward and intelligent comedians. He also belongs to the rare group of feminist artists who highlight issues from a woman’s perspective. I identify him as a stand-up humorist who tries to show the mirror to a patriarchal society.

He also cracks jokes about the current political scenario and a few unique topics like the Masterchef show and Bollywood. He made a stellar debut on Amazon Prime with his brilliant stand-up special Pata Nahi Par Bolna Hai’. Talwar’s performance is a classic example of using words as a medium to stir the conscience of its audience while tickling them with humor. Recently, his homemade joke videos on life during quarantine turned out to be a laugh riot.

This is the twenty-third post in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge based on the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona’. Stay tuned to know the details of the content creator(s) getting featured in my post for X tomorrow.

You can read all the posts in this series here. Hope this video brings a smile on your face.

Author: Sonia Chatterjee

Who am I? An erstwhile banker turned blogger/writer/author. Any qualifications? A Post-Graduate degree in Chemistry followed by a second Post-Graduate Diploma in Management. I completed a one-year MFA in creative writing course from the Writer's Village University, U.S. in Dec 2020. Though I must admit that I am still trying to figure out how and when I can connect all these dots. Have I done any real work? If two years in market research, six years in banking as a branch head, three-plus years of blogging, writing, and publishing a book can be considered as real work, then yes! Where do I live? After spending life like a nomad for sixteen years in Delhi, Bangalore & Mysore, I am back to where it all started from - Kolkata. My favorite things - Books, coffee, travel, food, and my five-year-old son. What is this blog about? Through Sonia's musings, I intend to explore writing in various genres, create social awareness, spread laughter, and give words to emotions. Anything for readers? You can check out my book 'Deal of Death' on Amazon Kindle. If you like fast-paced thrillers, this Detective fiction introducing the woman sleuth, Raya Ray could turn out to be your perfect weekend read.

21 thoughts on “W for Karunesh Tal(W)ar”

  1. I have seen some of his performances but not all. As he seems to speak on topics i love writing as well, i will check his content for sure. Thanks for the recommendations


  2. I loved his sets and totally agree with your take on them. yet to watch his special though. the set where he addresses the common anti-feminist rallying cry per-se “why is there ladies seat in bus” remains in my memory.

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  3. Humour for a purpose. Issues which are treated as normal need to be addressed and what better way than humour!


  4. He is one of the first standup comics I discovered on YouTube. I like the topics he chooses. Did you see his interview with daniel fernandes along with aditi mittal? You’ll enjoy that.

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  5. Sounds really interesting! Thanks for posting about this person.

    I hope you and yours are staying safe and healthy during this difficult time.

    J Lenni Dorner~ Co-host of the #AtoZchallenge, Debut Author Interviewer, Reference& Speculative Fiction Author

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  6. I liked the name pata nahi phir bhi bolna hai. I have a numbers of people around me, they know absolutely nothing about the thing but still want to put their valuable opinion. Horrible! Liked his attitude. Lovely post Sonia.

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  7. He seems very well-versed and what a range of topics…women safety, politics, Masterchef and Bollywood… Iske baare mein “Pata nahin par dekhna hai” ab 😀 Thank you for writing about him.

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  8. I have discovered quite a few new stand up comics from your series. This one is new too. Thanks for sharing. I will check out his video.


  9. After reading this post, I was like why didn’t I know of him…I follow the sketches on youtube and prime video so religiously…YET! So, thank you for introducing him…will definitely check out his shows.

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