I quite like comedy, though not all genres.
As far as comedy on TV is concerned I do like the old shows - Seinfeld and Two and a Half Men [with Charlie Sheen]. Of course, Fawlty Towers is always hilarious. In the new lot I do like Big Bang Theory. Getting a reasonably good comic film is rare now a days. I can’t remember seeing a decent English comedy in years.
When you turn to domestic comedy, Comedy Nights with Kapil was top class, though now it has drastically dropped in quality. The numerous `laughter’ shows were unwatchable. Comic Hindi movies are also rare, though I confess that I do like some of Govinda’s movies and some of Akshay Kumar’s films. By some I mean two – Bhagam Bhag and Hera Pheri, both co-incidentally directed by Priyadarshan and they both fall within the farce/satire genre. I find them extremely funny.
Despite all this, comedy in India is pretty pathetic. There is one very bright silver lining to the rather dark Indian comedy scene. This is the absolutely wonderful team at All India Bakchod. They are Tanmay Bhat, Gursimran Khamba, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya. Many of you will have read Ashish Shakya’s column in the Hindustan Times every weekend, he is really quite funny.
Every so often they present a 5 to 10 minute show which is available on You Tube. They are really topical, hilarious and often obscene.
I give you a link. Please do watch a few clips. I guarantee a laugh.