Looking a few years back the comedy scene in India was dominated by either Bollywood or established TV Show stars. In today’s time we see a new breed of comedians emerging who are consistently churning out their original content to woo the audiences. Due to this, the Indian stand-up comedy scene has seen a steady rise. YouTube being the most appropriate platform for such content, comedians have started taking their presence on the platform seriously as they upload their content on a regular basis. You just simply need to find them, subscribe and enjoy!
Here, we have compiled a list of top 10 Indian YouTube stand-up comedians who will make you laugh till you drop.
After winning Comedy Central’s India’s Best Stand-Up Comedian competition, Zakir Khan rose to instant fame. He is a quintessential guy who been through all that you have – love, relationships, and survival of the small fish in a big pond. Zakir’s comic perspective is focused on people’s daily life struggles which is interesting for the audience as they are always left wondering if they are laughing at him or themselves.
With over 50 sold out shows, performances in more than a 200 venues as well as shows in Singapore and Dubai, Zakir Khan has swiftly become the most sought-after comic in the country. He also has an Amazon Prime special of his own called ‘Haq Se Single’. His YouTube channel sits on the top of this list with more than 1.3 million subscribers.
Kenny Sebastian started his journey on YouTube by making special effects films and eventually, he landed up being one of the top Indian stand-up comedians. Based in Bangalore, Kenny has seen a fair share of tough times throughout his stint as a stand-up comedian.
His YouTube channel sits on the second spot with more than 1 million subscribers. It showcases some of his best sketches, stand-up and also some music as Kenny is also a musician. He also has an Amazon Prime special of his own called ‘Don’t Be That Guy’.
While browsing through YouTube, you must have stumbled across the hit concept “Pretentious Movie Reviews”, where Kanan along with his friend Biswa reviewed some of the box-office flop movies. He mainly gained popularity through this gig itself. Kanan also is based in Bangalore where he won a competition called “Punchline Bangalore” and soon after at “Comedy Store”. He also has an Amazon Prime special of his own called ‘Keep It Real’.
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Abish Mathew is one of the most popular Indian stand-up comedians who is known for his funny enactments, song lyrics, sketches as well as online shows on YouTube. He is known for his work done with All India Bakchod and also for his talk show called “Son Of Abish” where he calls other stand-up comedians for an interview and fun games. Currently, the third season of “Son Of Abish” is live on his YouTube channel.
Kanan Gill’s partner-in-crime for “Pretentious Movie Reviews”, Biswa Kalyan Rath is a well known stand-up comedian and YouTuber. He has spent a lot of time in the IT industry as he was working for Oracle. He quit his job there to pursue stand-up comedy along with his partner Kanan. With time, he went past the shadow of Kanan and emerged as a solo stand-up comedian gaining success in his field. Today, he has his own YouTube channel and an Amazon Prime Special called ‘Biswa Mast Aadmi’.
Aditi Mittal is one of the first female stand-up comedians in India. She is a comedian as well as a successful writer as she has written columns for Grazia Magazine, DNA, FirstPost.com and Financial Times. She’s been ranked in the top 10 comedians of India by The Times of India in 2012 and the Top 30 Witty, Intelligent, and Incredibly Fun Indian Women to follow on Twitter by CNN-IBN. Today, she has a Netflix special of her own called ‘Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say’.
Sorabh Pant is part of the comedy company called “East India Comedy” which was established in 2012. He is rated as one of the top 10 Indian stand-up comedians by T.O.I. Known for his open mic events and funny tweet, Sorabh has comedy specials like “Pant On Fire” and “Travelling Pants”. He also has an Amazon Prime Special called “My Dad Thinks He’s Funny”.
Vir Das is known as a comedian in Bollywood but did you know that he was a successful stand-up comedian before he made a debut in the film industry. Well known for his wit and humor, Vir Das has performed more than 100 stand-up comedy shows. Just recently, he released his latest Netflix special called “Abroad Understanding”. His YouTube channel showcases snippets of his stand-up shows, #Potcasts and much more.
Atul Khatri is a Mumbai based businessman who got up late in life and decided to do English Standup comedy so that he could tick it off his own personal bucket list. CNN-IBN rated him as one of the top 20 comedians in India to watch out for.
He won ‘CEOs got Talent’ trophy competing against 11 other CEOs. He is a writer, known for EIC Outrage Standup Special (2017), EIC vs. the World(2016) and Outrage by EIC (2015). His YouTube channel isn’t very huge in terms of subscribers but it definitely amongst the rising stars of Indian stand-up comedy.
Anuvab Pal is an Indian novelist (book writer), screenwriter & comedian. He is known for Baar Baar Dekho (2016), Loins of Punjab Presents (2007) and The President Is Coming (2009). He also has an Amazon Prime Special called “Alive at 40”. His YouTube channel is fairly new and has some snippets from his stand-up shows and specials.
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