Q for Aash(Q)een

Aashqeen, who runs a YouTube channel by the same name is known for his brand of comedy videos. While his visual content has a strong North Indian flavor, it is also worth mentioning that he steers clear of profanity or vulgarity in them.  His videos revolve around youth-centric themes yet there are subtle messages of body positivity, the need for unity in diversity and also makes an effort to smash gender stereotypes. It isn’t easy creating humorous content around religion but this accomplished creator has managed to bridge the divide.  This charming man with a heartwarming smile has immortalized the role of Bhaiyyaji in the Inteqam series, especially in his stunt of using the JCB machine in one of his videos.

Aashqeen - Source: Facebook
Aashqeen – Source: Facebook

While the majority of his videos are of the types of boys v/s girls in various scenarios, he has created quite a few memorable characters like Lul as well. Very recently, he explored the genre of web series with a show called Superstar.  Aashqueen has collaborated with big names like Ashish Chanchlani, The Bong Guy aka Kiran Dutta among many others. Barkha Sethi and Dikshant Negi are two actors featured regularly in his videos who also head various departments of his channel.

His inspiring journey from facing failure to achieving success can be viewed as part of the TEDx talks.

This is the seventeenth 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 R tomorrow.

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

P for Jas(P)reet Singh

Jaspreet Singh, featured as one of NDTV’s rising stars in comedy, can make anyone roll with laughter by his relatable humor punched with the right dose of wit and unique dialog delivery. The fact that his YouTube channel with only eight videos has more than 8.5 lakh subscribers acts as evidence of his huge popularity.

Jaspreet Singh - Source: Events High
Jaspreet Singh – Source: Events High

This Punjabi performer with a whacky sense of humor draws inspiration from the incidents around him. His jokes are centered around the daily happenings in Indian families making them realistic and relevant. His audience instantly feels connected to this desi brand of comedy.

This is the sixteenth post in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge under the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona.’ I will see you on Monday when I disclose the details of the YouTube creator featured in my post for Q.

You can read the previous posts in this series here. This was the first video uploaded by Singh on his YouTube channel and it still makes me laugh out loud. Have a great weekend.

O for Gaurav Kap(OO)r

I discovered Gaurav Kapoor through one of his epic YouTube videos on Royal Enfield bikes. This video made him quite famous though it also invited some hate comments (the sassy performer went ahead and made a second part on this issue). This witty comedian with a sharp sense of humor is found speaking on topics ranging from smartphones to destination weddings, Lifebuoy soaps, motorcycles and Bollywood in a hilarious tone. He prefers to call himself a storyteller and manages to find light-hearted fun content even in the most mundane things. He was selected to open for the show of international comedy sensation Russel Brand in India.

Gaurav Kapoor - Source: Comedy Munch
Gaurav Kapoor – Source: Comedy Munch

Kapoor is considered as one of the rising stand-up comedians in the country. His  top-notch performance has already earned him a debut stand-up special show on Amazon Prime called ‘Hahakaar.’

This is the fifteenth post in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge based on the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona.’ I will see you tomorrow when I disclose the featured funny man in my post for P.

You can read the previous posts in the series here. Don’t forget to click on his video below for your daily dose of laughter.

N for Naveen Richard

Naveen Richard is one of the founder-members of the comedy collective ‘Them Boxer Shorts” attributed to the creation of the show ‘Better Life Foundation’. Along with Kenny Sebastian, Naveen has co-written and acted in the show Star Boyz. There are a bunch of videos on his YouTube channel that take a sarcastic dig at real-life issues of Godmen, moral policing, and stereotyping people. What is unique about those videos is that they manage to deliver the underlying message in a subtle and funny way without getting too preachy. He has also played the role of an annoying child in the sketch comedy ‘Go Stright, Take Left’ with Sumukhi Suresh.

 

Naveen Richard - Source:Twitter
Naveen Richard – Source: Twitter

Of all the characters that Naveen has created or acted in, my favorite happens to Uncle Francis or rather Fraaanjiis as he prefers to be known as. Navin’s intelligent humor makes him stand-out from the crowd. Yet, his actor persona overshadows the comedian within him in shows like the Pushapavalli series created by Sumukhi Suresh. This is where his versatility as an artist shines through. Naveen his debut on Amazon Prime with his stand-up special ‘Don’t make that face’ and is now back with a brand new show ‘Relatively Relatable.’

This is the fourteenth post in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge based on the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona.’ I hope to see you tomorrow when I divulge the details of the performer getting featured in my post for ‘O’.

You can read the previous posts in the series here. Here’s a video from Naveen’s latest special that is sure to make one go LOL.

M for Mostly Sane

Mostly Sane is the official YouTube channel of one of India’s leading YouTube sensations ‘Prajakta Koli.’ Her channel was my introduction to content-driven YouTube shows. This hard-working and super-talented RJ turned YouTuber is a force to reckon with. Her disciplined schedule of uploading videos every Tuesday (real talks), Thursday (sketch comedies based on her observation of people around her) and Saturday (QnA or video interviews with celebrities) makes her one of the most consistent creators as well. She is often found uploading vlogs based on her travel diaries and personal experiences.

Prajakta Koli - Source:IWMBuzz
Prajakta Koli – Source: IWMBuzz

She has represented India at the YouTubers ‘Creators for Change’ summit through which she met Michelle Obama recently to discuss on education for girls. Recently, she made her foray into YouTube originals with her show ‘Pretty Fit’ that featured a host of celebrities like Kareena Kapoor Khan, Sanya Malhotra and Sumukhi Suresh among others. Prajakta was part of Forbes ’30 under 30′ list in 2019.

While Prajakta has created various characters for her sketch comedies, her most famous creation happens to be a teenager called Montu, introduced as the younger brother of Prajakta in the comedy videos. Montu is so popular that the audience (who Prajakta addresses as Dumdums lovingly) has started asking for Montu special videos now. She has collaborated with the biggest names in Youtube community like Bhuvan Bam, Ashish Chanchchlani, Mumbiker Nikhil and many more.

This is the thirteenth post in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge based on the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona’. Stay tuned to know the details of the stand-up comedian getting featured in my post for N tomorrow.

You can read all the posts in this series here. Watch Prajakta play multiple roles in this hilarious video based on the life of a typical middle-class family.

L for Kanan Gi(LL)

I discovered Kanan Gill through the hilarious ‘Pretentious movie review’ series that he co-hosted with Biswa Kalyan Rath on his YouTube channel. I found him effortlessly charming in the series of ‘Better Life Foundation’ next created by ‘Them Boxer Shorts’. This good-looking and humourous performer has a unique pace of delivering jokes. In fact, the introduction to his stand-up special on Amazon Prime ‘Keep it Real’ has his friends from the stand-up industry telling him to slow down while speaking.

Kanan Gill - Source YouTube
Kanan Gill – Source: YouTube

This multi-talented performer has acted and created sketch comedies like ‘How Insensitive’ and ‘Sketchy Behavior’(with Kenny Sebastian). He made his debut as an actor in the movie ‘Noor’ starring Sonakshi Sinha. He has also been a judge on both the seasons of Comicstann and is now making his debut on Netflix with the solo special ‘Yours sincerely’.

This is the twelfth post in the Blogchatter A2Z challenge based on the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona.’ I hope to see you tomorrow as I divulge one of the most talented YouTube creators in my post for M tomorrow.

You can read all the posts in the series here. Watch this video by Kanan Gill that will make you go LOL.

K for Kenny Sebastian

Kenny Sebastian was my introduction to the Indian stand-up comedy world.  The first video that I watched on his YouTube channel was about the behavior of Indian middle-class parents at a restaurant. I was hooked to the videos there for the next four days. His content, mostly delivered in English, is so full of expressions and body movements that it feels as good as watching him live in action. Kenny is also a talented singer and a few of his old acoustic cover videos capture him playing the guitar while singing songs. He does sit-down live comedy through ‘Chai time with Kenny’ series where he interacts with a live audience. Kenny has acted in comedy sketches, been a part of comedy shows like Comedy Central and humor series as Star Boyz covering the journey of three south Indian boys in space. He is also into vlogs that give a sneak-peek into his personal life and track his travel diaries.

Kenny Sebastian - Source IWMBuzz
Kenny Sebastian – Source:IWMBuzz.jpg

Kenny’s content is easily relatable and draws inspiration from the simple things of life making his humor effortless. He has a solo stand-up special ‘Don’t Be That Guy’ and a 7-episode original series called ‘Die trying’ on Amazon Prime. He has been a part of Comicstann – Season 1. This multi-talented performer runs a podcast and has also launched his own brand of merchandise.

This is the 11th post in the Blogchatter A2Z series under the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona.’ Stay tuned to know who gets featured tomorrow in my post for L.

You can read all the posts in the series here. Watch this hilarious video of Kenny that is sure to make you go LOL.

J for Jordindian

I chanced upon the YouTube channel of Jordinidian when one of their videos came as a recommendation on a different comedy channel. Two friends, Nasser Azzeh from Jordan and Vineeth Kumar aka ‘Beep’ from India created this channel to showcase funny sketch comedy videos. They have a huge collection of hilarious videos in the categories of ‘Types of’ (savage dads, savage moms, friends, students, and many more). In the past couple of years, they also experimented with a couple of music videos, out of ‘smoke shisha, play Fifa’ anthem became a viral sensation.

Jordindian - Source Asianet newsable
Jordindian – Source: Asianet newsable

This channel has become my personal favorite because of the Bangalore connection. Having spent more than a decade in Karnataka (Bangalore and Mysore), their accent, observation of the happenings in the city and the South Indian culture feels familiar, relatable and on point. However, what makes them unique is that they exercise caution not to stereotype characters in their sketches. It is also commendable that their content is devoid of offensive and abusive language, making their videos a perfect watch for families.

This is the 10th post in the Blogchatter A2Z series under the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona’. I hope to see you on Monday when I reveal the name of the stand-up comedian getting featured in my post for ‘K’.

You can read all the posts in the series here. Have a great weekend filled with laughter that will begin once you click on the humorous video below.

I for Gupta J(I) aka Appurv Gupta

Appurv Gupta is more famous as the indomitable Gupta J(I) in the comedy circuit. A couple of years ago, I stumbled upon his YouTube channel that had a host of his rib-tickling stand-up videos. The content felt relatable because he spoke about the corporate world and his life experiences in the funniest possible way. In 2014, CNN IBN had lauded him as one of the top 20 Best stand-up comedians to look out for. With time, he has matured as a comedian with his content getting better, making him a widely popular choice as a national level performer. Yet what makes him unique is that he is unabashedly comfortable cracking self-deprecating jokes. The way Appurv Gupta has re-branded himself as Gupta Ji to become one of the most sought out stand-up comedians in the country deserves to be analyzed as a B-school case study.

Appurv Gupta - source dfordelhi.in
Appurv Gupta – source: dfordelhi.in

In India, we see only a handful of comedians interact with a live audience with elan and humor. Gupta Ji has aced this game by sticking to inoffensive humor. Also, a special mention to the series of brilliant interviews he showcased on his channel including the iconic Padma Shri Professor Dr. H.C. Verma and Mathematician Dr. R.D. Sharma.

This is the 9th post in the Blogchatter A2Z series under the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona’. Stay tuned to know the name of the content creator getting featured in my post for J tomorrow.

You can read all the posts here. This is one of the older videos by Gupta Ji that made the audience roll with laughter.

H for Humorously Yours & Vipul Goyal

‘Humorously Yours’ is a hilarious web series from the TVF group that tracks the life saga of a stand-up comedian played by Vipul Goyal and Rasika Duggal enacting the role of his wife, Kavya. In the second season of this web series, we find a relatively famous Vipul playing the double role of the stand-up comedian and his imaginary manager, Ranjit Walia. How he commits a mistake and escapes unscathed is shown through subtle humor and relatable characters in the series.

Humorously Yours - Source :YouTube
Humorously Yours – Source: YouTube

Over time, I found that their YouTube channel by the same name had a handful of stand-up comedy videos by the funny Vipul Goyal. He manages to make the audience laugh out loud with his humor that draws huge inspiration from the simple things of life. At times he is also found taking a jibe at the current stifling environment in the democracy without getting offensive about issues. A special mention to his voice and unique dialog delivery (there’ an uncanny resemblance to the Bollywood actor Sanjay Dutt) that tops the humor quotient. Lastly, he belongs to the rare breed of Indian stand-up comedians who stick to non-abusive language while spreading happiness through his shows.

Vipul Goyal - Source:insider.in
Vipul Goyal – Source:insider.in

This is the 8th post in the #BlogchatterA2Z series under the theme ‘Laugh in the time of Corona’. I hope to see you tomorrow when I divulge the details of the featured comedian in my post for ‘I’ tomorrow.

You can read all the posts in this challenge here. Watch Vipul Goyal speak about Indian Dads in this hilarious video.