>Where the hell is the real humour?

Posted: April 25, 2011 in My Blog, My Voice
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The television today has evolved a great deal. There are an enormous number of channels and an amazing range of options for me to choose which channel i want to opt for. Sadly though, my eyes don’t stick on one. The television has become a painful and irritating experience.
Gone are the years when television comedy was indeed funny and tickled our funny bone. Television comedy in India has now become a platform to portray humour that is cheap, vulgar and disgusting. 
The 90’s saw a great revolution in Indian television industry with the beginning of Movers and Shakers hosted by Shekhar Suman. Not only did the show do well, but it also genuinely made people laugh about the kind of items Shekhar presented on the show. That was stand up worth watching. Then came a time when the stand up comedy art was revived on Indian television with the Great Indian Laughter Challenge. The show gave us amazing artists like Raju Srivastav, Sunil Pal, Ehsaan Qureshi etc. The show succeeded not only due to the contestants who were extremely talented but also due to the genuine marking of the judges who could understand what is funny and what is crap. The very fact that both Shekhar and Sidhu gave honest opinions about every performance made the show all the more interesting and the competition more intriguing.
The present state of Indian comedy shows is sadly not as nice as the past. Today we have the two leading shows called Comedy Circus and Comedy ka Maha Muqabla that are running on air. The quality of humour that the shows have is sadly next to bullshit. One show gives us humour where the contestants fail to give any new comedy except for passing comments on Archana Puran Singh and Surinder. And then we have a second show where the judges are Shreyas Talpade and Raveena Tandon, who, in their film career have failed to understand what real comedy is. The ongoing cheap and disgusting style that the comedians are presenting is a big big shame and insult to the very art of stand up comedy. 
I hope this insane humour has a full stop in the future to come or television comedy will soon become a thing to forget.

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