iMDb 6.7 2019 Season 2 –16+
Comicstaan is back with a brand new season! New Contestants, New Judges, New Everything. Find out who will be this year’s next big comic sensation! Watch new episode every Friday.
Starring : Zakir Khan, Kenny Sebastian, Biswa Kalyan Rath
Genres : Unscripted, Comedy, Arts, Entertainment, and Culture
Subtitles : English
Audio Languages : हिन्दी
For some of the comedians involved, it was more than that, as Comicstaan host Abish Mathew noted: “We became slightly more conscious about what kind of jokes you want to crack, right? You could see that all of us ourselves are like, ‘Hey, is this joke fine?’ Like Neeti came up to me and said, ‘Is this joke fine?’ And I’m like, ‘Oh, this is great in your voice, not my voice.’ What it really did is that it made like all of us socially aware, and we were like, ‘Okay, let’s be a little more aware of how the jokes happen.’ Instead of, ‘Kuch bhi bol de’ [‘Just say whatever’], you are a little more conscious about what you’re about to say.”
Neeti Palta, a New Delhi-based comedian who’s a new judge on Comicstaan season 2, said that contestants behaved differently during her mentoring session on topical comedy: “A lot of the guys were like, ‘Is this joke appropriate?’ And for me, that is a huge step like, because people are thinking. They’re just putting it through a filter of, ‘Okay, is this offensive? Is this okay?’”
“Yeah, like self-censorship is now [more in place],” Mathew chimed in. “It’s always supposed to be but now, people are more conscious about it. Personally, all of us are like, ‘Oh wait, let’s, let’s see if that joke runs well, with example, Neeti, Kaneez [Surka] or Sumukhi [Suresh].” Surka and Sumukhi also serve as judges and mentors on Comicstaan.
“If they’re okay with it, then I’m like, ‘Okay, good, at least now my conscious is a part of it. Four of us approved this, then we go ahead with it.’ But you know, what’s important? That conversation started.”
Not everyone is of the same opinion though, as Suresh noted that these questions about being sensitive “have been coming always. As someone who works with a lot of these comics in terms of writing and acting, I feel very nice because a lot of boys come and be like, ‘Listen, is it okay if I say this?’ This was even before [#MeToo]. And gladly that continued. I don’t think that came from, ‘Listen, this is happening, thus’, which makes it feel a little less genuine. All of these guys, and girls, by the way [on Comicstaan season 2] have been sensitive.”
Sitting next to Suresh, Surka said that she added an explicit request for consent in her improv workshop, which also preceded the #MeToo movement in India: “As a character, if you want to touch another person on-stage, you as your character has to offer consent first. So even if you’re playing a creepy, sleazy guy, like ‘Ae ladki [Hey girl], can I put my hand on your shoulder?’ And she says no…”
“No, but you can talk to me for two minutes,” Suresh said in response, continuing the improv act, to which Surka replied: “’Okay, then I’ll talk to you for two minutes.’ Even as your character, the rule is now: you’ve to ask for consent as a character. So that’s something I added in the last year in my improv.”