I recently got introduced to the concept of comedy clubs in NY and yesterday had my first visit to a live show. Thanks to the recorded versions I had seen, I knew a lot of their lingo which otherwise I wouldn’t have known. I think the reason why comedy clubs are a hit in NY is because its full of immigrants. I mean all: Comedy clubs’ audience, Comics and NY. So the jokes have a vast scope. From:-
  • Presidential elections in US. Strange how everyone mentions Hillary and Obama. McCain hardly gets any space!
  • Racism. Does Aishwarya Rai also get qualified as brown!?
  • Cultural differences. Amounting from a lot of factors like ones I read in Nita’s blog.
  • Call centers in India. Kudos to Tech Support and call centers working pain stakingly, day and night!
….to a lot more.
We visited Laugh Lounge on Essex Street for a monthly special South Asian show. Show was called “Crazi Desi Show” as the comedians were all from Asia except Grant Cooper. I liked Grant and his energy. He was sharp, observant and had variety. Reho(Hope I am getting his name right), the Japanese person, had a nice style and mostly joked about himself. I liked Vidur Kapoor too. His jokes covered more scope. The host of the show though good in covering wide topics needs to still grow and increase content in his speech. Well I am not sure if I am qualified enough to give suggestions but being audience/customer I guess our opinion matters. The liberal use of some words seemed awkward to me first but I guess the positive thing about this is that the funny way and frequency at which they are used, their intensity and value gets reduced each time. See Comedy does help.
If I could be granted the wish to make 3 set of people sit down and watch a comedy show my preference would be:
  • Firstly, all those troubled, sick and pitiable souls who are out on streets and in shops with zero patience and talking manners. Its amazing how sarcastic people are becoming nowadays. I see this in sellers strangely. While I would expect a seller to be polite and nice to customers and prospective customers, they are the ones who are worst. So why should I pay money to someone and take his bad behavior too. Its not just in India, I see it here in NY too. And its not just me who has noticed it. I just found another article referring to the same issue. I would love to see all those souls getting a taste of their own and being ripped off by comedians 😉

  • Second, Robbin Williams: so that he can teach the comedians how to get better at it.
  • Lastly, Me and my husband to see all that 🙂