Joined: 24 October 2005
Laugh-a-thon this May:
Star One's newest tagline for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge-3 (TGILC-3) 'Seriously Funny' claims that original funny bones are going to be back in business. In the third season of this stand-up comic talent in India; humour will have a new face. It won't be filled with the usual cheeky, sleazy, sexist, below the belt or vulgar jokes but promises to floor viewers with humour that wasn't heard before!
What made them arrive at this 'no-mindless-comedy- please' conclusion? We suppose it was the second season on Laughter Challenge that was not appreciated by viewers even though it was laden with personalities in galore. Many felt that the humour was quite under handed, offensive and not funny at all!
Shekhar muses about the same, "Yes, and I am happy I wasn't present at all during that phase of the show. I am seriously averse to comedy that has no soul or conscience, and I don't take slapstick that well. Mindless laughter is no laughter at all." How does he plan to grill the contestants in this season? "We are only looking at original talent and not off-the-shelf humour; it has to be unheard and witty: good is our prime word. So the agenda is clear- no bedroom, back handed or toilet jokes!"
This season Shekhar is going to have fun as 'his' kind of humour will be displayed on stage- witty political satire, so is the king of satire prepared for it? "Bring it on! I enjoy satire because it is a part of my responsibility towards the country: we have put our celebrities and politicians on a pedestal, we can pull them down! However it is important to keep it crisp, I am on a look for the contestants who can time their act well."
Sunil Pal the winner of the 1st Laughter Challenge has another say to offer, "Comedy this season will be more difficult as we have exhausted all the jokes and their variations from the book and other known sources- this is going to be a real talent hunt for them! Original humour is most difficult to create and to maintain it through the rounds is a tricky task." Sunil is often used by the show and the channel to intervene and help in the promotional acts, what are the ways in which he is going to be associated with season three? "Well, I won't be present all the time but now and then we will be called on the show to either present a gig or increase the tempo."
To garner TRPs TGILC-2 introduced an across the border segment of comedians, this season will continue to do the same in an attempt to bride the gap and "collectively laugh on the politicians of the two countries" says Hanif Raja, a contestant from Karachi. This season there are two women bringing in the laughing raid for us, kudos to equality!
However, there are some points to be noted, Shekhar Suman who was missing in parts from the TGILC-2 is back with a bang and we forecast that he will over-shadow Navjyot Singh Sidhu despite his sidhuisms this season as the focus will be on sense of the joke and not sensational gab.
TGILC-3 promises to be different and we hope it is, as the show proves to a great platform for stand-up comedy to flower in India.
i never liked him...hanif raja is not funny...on ARY he is a big star but in india he is just called *Hanif Raja, a contestant from Karachi.*
dekho ab yeh kya karta hai!! Rauf lala and the other 2 cartoons to bohot ache rahe the ( lekin unke jokes itne burre the)
BEST OF LUCK TO HIM
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