“Humour breaks down boundaries, it topples our self-importance, it connects people and because it engages and entertains, it ultimately enlightens.” – John Agard
Let’s face it! In these changing times when life is hard and struggle is continuous, we could all use a little dose of laughter to elevate our events. Healthy humour is beneficial when it comes to socializing. Research shows that humour is the perfect tension breaker in the workplace, it helps boost morale as it creates a positive environment because of which employees look forward to showing up at work, which in turn increases the productivity of the organization. A good laugh is trending with these changing times as people go out of their way to watch stand-up comedy at live events and shows. After all, laughter is the best medicine, right?
Indian stand-up comedians are some of the most creative, talented, relatable, and versatile artists who have this great ability to connect with their audiences with their unique content while simultaneously turning the room into a barrel of laughter. Considering their popularity, a growing significance of mental health, and a serious need to add some fun and laughter to our lives, booking a stand-up comedian for your events, live shows, employee engagements, etc has become a must.
1. Anubhav Singh Bassi
Anubhav Singh Bassi is an Indian comic who started his career as a stand-up comedian after an open mic in 2017. He has done his comedy tour named “Bas Kar Bassi” in more than 35 Indian cities. Before entering the comedy setup, Bassi has been an entrepreneur, Lawyer, and UPSC aspirant. The all-rounder comedian has also delivered a TEDx talk about his struggles. He is a storyteller, who specializes in anecdotal comedy, most of his jokes are based on his past experiences about his school and college life. In 2021, he was awarded the ‘Youth Icon of the Year’ by Golden Glory Awards. He is one of the best-selling comedians in India and a YouTube sensation with a huge fan following.
2. Zakir Khan
Zakir Khan is a popular stand-up comedian who rose to fame by winning “India’s Best Stand Up Comedian competition”. His comedy specials Haq Se Single andKaksha Gyarvi on Amazon Prime Video were instant hits. He was a judge on season 2 of the famous show “Comicstaan” and created the Indian comedy series “Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare”, playing the protagonist himself. When it comes to comedy, Zakir Khan has his own signature move. With his Sakth launda approach, he targets the youth, the dialogues he delivers point out the minor situation we all have gone through especially when it comes to love and relationships. If you’re a Zakir Khan fan, you can relate to his entertaining, “Hmm.. Achaa.. Okay” sequence.
3. Rahul Subramanian
Rahul Subramanian is a famous stand-up comedian who is popular with Gen Y. He started his comedy career with his YouTube channel, Random Chikibum in 2014 and performed at many live events in India and abroad. He also performed at the Kala Ghoda Festival and the Pajama Festival 2015 in “Comedy Race”, where 30 of the top Indian comics enthralled the audiences. He has won the open mic contests at the Canvas Open Mics, Pajama Fest, and East India Comedy Virgin Pants. Known for his wit and humor, Rahul is a regular at some of the top comedy venues in Mumbai like Three Wise Monkeys, The Little Door, Canvas Laugh Club, The Hive, and many more. He is popular for his punches on the middle-class lifestyle and was also featured in the Hindustan Times under, ‘Comedians who got most laughs’.
4. Atul Khatri
Atul Khatri is a veteran among the Indian comedy circuit. He started his comedy career at the age of 43, whilst still being engaged in his family business. He was the only Indian to perform in the Hong Kong International Comedy Festival in 2014. Once rated among the top Indian comedians by CNN-IBN, Khatri is also the winner of the CEO’s Got Talent Season 1. He is also a favourite among the corporate audience and people from high up the ladder, he was one of the three finalists at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival held in 2012. Also acclaimed for his hilarious YouTube videos, he’s one of the most successful comedians in India who brings a fresh perspective through the eyes of a 40+-year-old.
5. Amit Tandon
Amit Tandon is a famous stand-up comedian well known for his comic timings and punches. He has performed over 700 shows across the globe and is also responsible for bringing the popular comedy face-off show, Fight Comic to India. His comedy is centered around everyday life and he is noted for his hilarious and clean comedy, making him ideal for crowds of all ages. He also hosted a weekly show “Sannu Ki” on Radio City91.1 and was the first comedian featured on NDTV’s Rising Stars of Comedy. A regular at the ‘Best of Stand-up’ lineup at The Comedy Store, he was the runner-up at ‘CEOs Got Talent’ on CNBC TV 18, the well-known humorist and professional stand-up comedian, also known as ‘The Married Guy’, is a complete entertainment package for your whole family.
6. Abhishek Upmanyu
Abhishek Upmanyu is an internet sensation, with over a million subscribers on YouTube, who has constantly featured on Scoop whoop, Buzzfeed, etc. Abhishek managed to carve out a niche for himself in the comedy world in less than five years. He has performed his comedy acts on various national and international platforms. His comedy shows, ‘Thoda Saaf Bol’, ‘Rotten Eggs’ and ‘Jealous of Sabjiwala’ gained immense popularity. The stand-up comedian, haiku enthusiast, and writer have a good grasp of both Hindi and English, he’s famous for his jokes on urban lifestyle and trouble faced by the youth. His over-the-top comedy with original punch lines with topics ranging from childhood and Indian Parents to feminism and racism makes him a contemporary and observational artist and comedian.
7. Sumukhi Suresh
Sumukhi Suresh is one of the most versatile female comedians in India and is a popular face in various web comedy sketches. She rose to fame after portraying the character of an NGO employee, ‘Sumukhi Chawla’, in India’s first mockumentary-style series, Better Life Foundation. Sumukhi hosted the first season of Comicstaan and was a judge for the second season. She is famous for writing and acting in many comedy sketches, starring in movies, and creating viral videos on YouTube. She has also created the semi-autobiographical, Amazon Prime series, Pushpavalli. Hindustan Times referred to Sumukhi Suresh as “India’s Tina Fey.”
8. Papa CJ
Papa CJ is one of the most influential comedians globally who has been awarded ‘Asia’s Best Stand-up Comedian’ and ‘India’s Best Stand-up Comedian’. He was one of the top ten out of over 3000 international comedians, on the US TV show, ‘Last Comic Standing’. With sell-out shows across five continents, he is highly acclaimed for his power to keep the audience enthralled. After completing his MBA from the University of Oxford and having a successful corporate career, he quit his job and became a full-time comedian. In 2009 he became the first Indian comedian to be invited to perform at the Just for Laughs festival in Canada. Forbes Magazine called him “The global face of Indian stand-up.” and Huffington Post, New York called him “A world-class global comedian. Well known for his performance in the corporate environment, Papa CJ is known for his sarcastic punch lines and unique take on corporate culture.
9. Vir Das
Vir Das has a way of not only astonishing the audience with his brilliant storytelling but also enlightening them by revealing some hard-hitting facts. After beginning his career in stand-up comedy, he moved to hindi cinema starring in many successful Bollywood movies. Das became the first Indian comedian with a comedy special on Netflix after the release of his Netflix special ‘Abroad Understanding’. He was also named one of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch in 2017”. He was also nominated for his comedy special, Vir Das: For India, on Netflix at the International Emmy Awards. He is known for his compelling messages in a comical form, his jokes are relevant in more ways than one can imagine, especially with generations across X Pats.
10. Kenny Sabastian
Kenneth Sebastian or Kenny is a well-known stand-up comedian, with over 1000 live shows across the country and abroad, to his name. He first rose to prominence through a YouTube channel that broadcasts clips of his stand-up shows. In 2017, he did a comedy special with Amazon Prime and in 2020 made his Netflix debut. He was also a judge in Comicstaan, a comedy reality show. He has performed at corporate shows for companies like Wipro, Infosys, Google, Adobe, and many more globally recognized brands. Famous for his comical representation of “Indian parents” and middle-class upbringing, and relatability with the masses, he brings humour to the most mundane routine things, making him one of the most loved stand-up comedians in India.
11. Biswa Kalyan Rath
Biswa Kalyan Rath is an Indian stand-up comedian who came to prominence with a YouTube comedy series, Pretentious Movie Reviews with fellow comedian Kanan Gill. Biswa is an IIT graduate, who gave up his job to become a full-time comedian. He started doing stand-up comedy in 2015 and went on his first tour the same year. He is one of the main personalities behind the Comedy Hunt on YouTube and also co-hosted the YouTube Fan-Fest India 2015. Biswa has been featured on ‘The Rising Stars of Comedy’ by NDTV Prime. He is well known for creating humour out of any ordinary daily life situation and is popular among the young crowd for making jokes on unconventional and out-of-the-box topics.
12. Aakash Gupta
Aakash Gupta is a well-known Indian stand-up comedian and the co-winner of the Comicstaan session 2. He is well-trained in performance arts and has aced the genre of sketch comedy. He started this career with theatre and improvisational comedy and ended up being a full-time stand-up comedian. Aakash Gupta made his debut on television with the second season of Comicstaan. After his big win, Aakash went for a mini-tour around the country for his solo show, ‘Excuse Me Brother’. In the year 2020, Aakash Gupta received his youtube Gold play Button. He is extremely popular on social media and has a great fan following amongst the youth as well as senior management folks. Quite an interactive performer when it comes to on-ground events as well as virtual events.
13. Kanan Gill
Kanan Gill is a YouTube sensation and a leading stand-up comedian of the current generation. A former software engineer, Gill took to comedy after winning competitions like Punchline Bangalore and Comedy Store in Mumbai. He gained recognition from his YouTube series Pretentious Movie Reviews where he reviews many Bollywood movies along with fellow stand-up comic Biswa Kalyan Rath. In 2017, he made his Bollywood debut with the movie Noor. He has toured all over India for about 1000 shows all sold out. Gill is really adept at sketch comedy, having acted in his own ‘How Insensitive! And the acclaimed mockumentary, ‘Better Life Foundation’. From his “there is a cow” bit to talking about relationships and siblings, he has a knack to make any serious material sound funny in a graceful manner, he has a huge Gen Y fan following especially among female audiences.
14. Mallika Dua
Mallika, an actor, and comedian shot to fame with her online content featuring satirical comedy, caricatures, and her irreverent wit. She is known for the characters she creates across Instagram and Youtube. She has headlined successful shows like The Trip, Midnight Misadventures with Mallika Dua, Fake or not, The Office across OTT platforms and has been part of movies like Indoo ki Jawani, Namaste England, Hindi Medium, Zero, etc. She has a huge following on her youtube channel & Instagram. Mallika is a great choice for corporate comedy shows because of her clean comedy content. Her observational comedy is quite fresh and she also brings a great deal of customization for corporate shows.
15. Sunil Grover
Sunil Grover is an Indian actor and stand-up comedian who came into the limelight for his portrayal as Gutthi on Comedy Nights with Kapil but gained popularity for playing the role of Dr. Mashoor Gulati on The Kapil Sharma Show. Grover was also seen in the Bollywood film Bharat. Discovered during his college days by the late satirist, Jaspal Bhatti, he has acted in India’s first silent comedy show on SAB TV’s ‘Gutur Gu’. He has acted in many Bollywood films too, including ‘Ghajini’ in 2008, ‘Gabbar is Back’ in 2015, ‘Baaghi’ in 2016, ‘Coffee with D’ in 2017, and many more. One of the most popular and loved comedians in India who promises an entertaining time to his audiences. His character “Gutthi” from Kapil Sharma Show has an international fan-following.
16. Bharti Singh
Bharti Singh is one of the most well-known faces in the comedy industry today. She was the second runner-up of the fourth season of the TV reality series, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge on STAR One. In 2011 she performed in shows like Jubilee Comedy Circus, Comedy Circus Ke Taansen, and Comedy Circus Ka Naya Daur on Sony TV. She also co-hosted the show ‘Comedy Nights Bachao’ and ‘India’s Got Talent’ (2014 & 2016), on Colors TV. She has also participated in the TV dance reality show, ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ in 2012 on Colors TV and ‘Nach Baliye’ 2017 on Star Plus. In 2012, she won the award for ‘Best Actress-Comedy’ at the Indian Television Academy Awards. She has performed stand-up comedy at numerous live events, including prestigious events like the Filmfare and IIFA Awards. She is one of the most prolific female comedians in India, famous for her way of narration and known for her confident and bold comedy style.
17. Sungandha Mishra
Sugandha who is one of the most famous comedians on Indian television was recognized as a promising comedian after she participated and became a deserving finalist on the TV show ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ on STAR One. She has also been a part of ‘Comedy Circus Ke Tansen’, ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ and ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ showcasing her comic and mimicry skills. She is a trained singer and was a finalist on the TV reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar’ on Zee TV. She has sung in the Bollywood film ‘Kamaal Dhamaal Maalamaal’ in 2012 and has acted in and hosted many TV shows. Known for brilliant mimicry and innovative comic sketches of many celebrities, especially Lata Mangeshkar, apart from being a comedian she has the talent of a voice-over artist as well.
18. Gaurav Gupta
Gaurav Gupta is a baniya who is extravagant when it comes to delivering jokes. He is a dentist by profession and a comic by the recession. His comedy involves keen observations of daily life, people, and funny encounters with them. He is a recent WhatsApp viral sensation across India and abroad for his video Being Baniya that now has millions of hits on Facebook and YouTube. Gaurav Gupta made his debut in comedy with the Great Indian Laughter Challenge (2017) where he became an instant hit. Gaurav has a certain genre to his comedy which basically revolves around caste and its stereotypes. He has also toured several Indian cities for his solo stand-up special “Not Just Baniya.” Over the years, he has won several awards for his comedy and has won several competitions over years. Some of those include the winner of the 94.3 Radio one FM LOL Contest (2015), Piano Man Tongue in Cheek, and the winner of Chalta Hai Comedy. Gaurav Gupta is a great choice for corporate comedy shows because of his clean comedy content. His observational comedy is quite fresh and he is also known for bringing a great deal of customization to his comic acts.
19. Vipul Goyal
Vipul Goyal is a prominent stand-up comedian, who rose to fame after playing the protagonist on the mini-web series ‘Humorously Yours’ by TVF. He is one of the founders of The Viral Fever (TVF), a digital entertainment channel, along with 5 other IITians, offering stand-up & entertainment shows. His style of comedy is extremely relatable & centers around everyday topics like Facebook, engineering, management, dating & more. He brings out humor from our day-to-day lives. He can also be called a pioneer of clean comedy. He is best known for his hilarious takes on current affairs, his topics and punchlines range from the Indian education industry to dating to politics.
20. Sundeep Sharma
As a Stand-up Comedian, Sundeep has several massively viral videos and national and international tours, taking his unique brand of highly relatable Hinglish comedy steeped in his UP roots to delighted audiences. He has more than 1 Million plus subscribers on his youtube channel with 100 million-plus views for his Stand-up videos and counting. He is currently acting in his first Hindi Feature Film with a Big Banner in a multi-star cast project. As a radio professional he has won every Indian radio award there is; at least once and a few; twice. Sundeep Sharma is a great choice for corporate comedy shows because of his clean and friendly comedy content. His observational comedy is quite fresh with great takes on middle-class families and associated behaviors which gets a great sense of recognition by the audiences.
21. Harsh Gujral
Harsh Gujral is a renowned standup comedian and social media celebrity whose brand of observable humor that is fresh and contemporary has struck a chord with audiences across India. He made his mark with a super relatable style of narrative that connects him with the audience instantly. At present, Harsh Gujral is considered among the top stand-up comedian of India. Harsh uploaded the first video on YouTube in 2019 which got huge appreciation. Currently, his channel has over 1 million+ subscribers and 100 million+ views, making him one of the biggest social media celebrities in India. Harsh Gujral was also featured as a prominent stand-up comedian in the very popular Good Night India show of SAB TV (Sony LIV app) anchored by Amit Tandon and Jaya Shankar. Harsh Gujral is a great choice for corporate comedy shows because of his clean comedy content. His observational comedy is quite fresh with great takes on middle-class families and associated behaviours which is most loved by the audiences.
22. Rahul Dua
Stand-up comedian Rahul Dua, of Amazon Prime’s Comicstaan fame, is the person who finds something funny in every situation, and that’s what sets him apart as a comedian- he manages to be insecure, under-confident, and funny at the same time. He has won a few open mics including ‘NDTV Rising Stars of Comedy’ and ‘Comedy Central’s Chuckle Hunt’ in 2016. An engineer with an MBA degree by qualification, he claims, with straight-faced sarcasm, that he left Punjab well before it started to ‘fly’. A versatile stand-up comedian with hilarious takes on social situations, he is popular with corporates with his industry punches and quips and is also a known face in the Indian open-mic scene.
23. Varun Thakur
Varun Thakur is a well-known stand-up comedian and actor who is the co-founder of SnG Comedy- one of India’s premier stand-up, YouTube sketch, and improv groups. He has performed at many live shows and has also anchored TV shows for channels like MTV, MTV Indies, UTV Bindaas, and a cricket-based show for the popular digital platform, Hotstar. He has acted in Bollywood films too, including the very popular ‘Jab Tak Hai Jaan’. He is popular with the young crowd and best known for his high-energy mix of acting, observational humor & impersonations. Those who know him love his alter ego on stage i.e. “Vicky Malhotra” and his hilarious take on society.
24. Abish Mathew
Abish is one of the most versatile & popular stand-up comedians in India, best known as a former member of ‘All India Bakchod’ and as the host of his own comedy talk show ‘Son of Abish’. His YouTube channel has garnered over 90,000 followers from India and abroad. He has worked with a number of popular Indian comedy companies including East India Comedy, Weirdass Comedy, and The Papa CJ Comedy Company. He was featured in Forbes India’s list of successful artists, 30 under 30. He has performed at many notable comedy venues like New York Comedy Club, Lifelines Canada, and Utrecht Comedy Festival. He hosted the YouTube FanFest 2016 in Mumbai. His performances comprise of funny & original songs. He is popular for his versatile one-man sketches and Improv comedy.
25. Anshu Mor
Anshu Mor started his stand-up comedy career in 2016 and performed at over 100 shows in his 1st year as a stand-up comedian. His stand-up solo specials – ‘The Anshu Mor Show’ and ‘Wait There’s Mor’, are extremely popular amongst audiences. He is a regular performer at all the major comedy clubs in India like “Canvas Laugh Club” and “That Comedy Club” and has performed at many corporate events for global brands like Cisco, Microsoft, HP, Michelin, Accenture, Adobe, NASSCOM, and more. With over 18 years of corporate experience, in 2016 he set up his own company, ‘Talking Mime’ that delivers original digital content for a wide portfolio. He is famous for his observational style of comedy, his rich experience in IT helps in connecting with IT audiences, and is extremely popular with the corporate crowd.
26. Abijit Ganguly
Abijit Ganguly is a stand-up comedian for over six years now and has done over 2000 shows including stage shows, pub gigs, college shows, and corporate gigs. He has performed regularly in the ‘Best of Stand-up’ at Canvas Laugh Club, Indian Comedy Club, and was part of India’s first English stand-up festival ‘Weirdass Comedy Festival’. Abijit has performed for various organizations, such as American Express, Sapient, McKinsey Knowledge Centre, Deloitte, HDFC, Shell, Mercedes Benz, Dassault Systems, PWC, Sakri IT Solutions, Microsoft, Glaxo SmithKlein, and more. He is a multiple-time TEDx speaker & featured on NDTV Rising Stars of Comedy. His sets are observation-fuelled anecdotes. He relies on the audience relating to what they hear in order to get a laugh. He is a favorite for corporate offsite, rewards, and recognition events.
27. Jeeveshu Ahluwalia
Jeeveshu is a standup comedian, best known for his quick wit, spontaneous one-liners, and quirky jokes. His peculiar style of comedy is most inspired by everyday observations in life. He has done over 1500 shows across different genres in India and abroad. He made his Bollywood debut with ‘Tamasha’ and can be seen in many TV commercials like Comedy Central India, Phillips, Apollo Hospitals, ICICI Prudential, and Grofers. His TV Debut was with Zee TV in the comedy show ‘Gangs of Haseepur’. He was the winner of ‘Radio Mirchi Comedy Ka King’ 2014. He is known for his quick witty one-liners and less or no profanity ideal making him a perfect choice for crowds of all ages.
28. Angad Ranyal
Angad Ranyal who is a promising stand-up comedian has performed at over 700 live shows across 17 cities in India. He has also performed internationally in countries like Singapore and Malaysia. An engineer and MBA by qualification, Angad is a comedian by passion and heart. He was also invited as a speaker for TEDx Talks, where he talked about the challenges of taking up an unconventional path. He was rated as one of the top 20 stand-up comics in India by CNN IBN and was nominated for the Forbes Top 100 celebrities list in 2014. Apart from stand-up, he has also written for comedy specials like Comedy News Network, India vs World, Men are from bars, and more. He has written events for LifeOK Screen Awards, IIFA Cineyug, and Indian News Awards. He is a clean comedy ideal for corporate events well known for his comedy punches on IT, corporate lifestyle, relatable humour about relationships, lifestyle, etc.
29. Aishwarya Mohanraj
Aishwarya Mohanraj is a trending YouTube star and a budding stand-up comedian and writer from Mumbai. Aishwarya was one of the top 10 contestants in Comicstaan and since then she has written for shows like Son of Abish, Behti Naak, and On Air with AIB. She has performed in various comedy venues such as Canvas Laugh Club and NCPA. Also, she can recite the alphabet backwards. She is one of the most trending stand-up comedians who is well known for her straight-faced humour which guarantees a rib-tickling experience and sarcasm is her USP.
30. Gaurav Kapoor
Gaurav Kapoor’s razor-sharp wit and candid humour led him to win almost every open-mic he has ever participated in. Gaurav is a regularly featured act at comedy clubs across the country and has performed on the biggest of stages including opening for Vir Das and Russell Brand on his India tour. He has done numerous live shows, released videos on YouTube, and has also released a stand-up special, HahaKaar, on Amazon Prime. His shows are a mix of observational humour and anecdotes where he narrates stories from corporate offices, festivals, the 90’s era, food, travel, and his marriage. The stories could be 100% true or could be 100% made up, you can only guess but the laughter is guaranteed. The best thing is, his friends say that the stories he narrates off stage are even funnier but we may never know. Gaurav Kapoor is very popular on social media, especially amongst young audiences. He is a great choice for the young workforce in IT companies, college events, or even in a large sales force-driven organization. He is a great talent for virtual as well as physical shows.
31. Neeti Palta
Neeti Palta is one of the very few female stand-up comedians in India who brings a female perspective on a variety of daily life situations and relatable subjects, all with a dose of rib-tickling humor! She was voted as the ‘Best Stand-Up Comic’ at the Oz Fest and was India’s first stand-up artist to perform at the prestigious Melbourne Comedy Festival 2013. She has performed at many shows, for varied audiences and corporates, across India and abroad. She has performed for an audience of 30+ nations at the invitation of the former Under-Secretary-General of the UN, Dr. Shashi Tharoor. Imedia Summit 2013, Jaipur. I Am Fashion Week 2013, Goa. PRestival, Asia’s biggest PR Fest, Jaipur 2012. APREE 2012 – Advertising and PR meet, Goa. Featured at TEDx in 2011. Headlined ‘What The Frock’ (a special all-women’s show) – for Schitzengiggles.” When it comes to Neeti Palta, the list of her achievements is endless. Her punchlines mostly cater to a wider issue on a variety of subjects like the life of women in India. Her corporate shows range from being formal affairs marking an occasion to an informal setup for team building and networking.
32. Sorabh Pant
“One of India’s top 10 comedians” (Times of India), Sorabh Pant has done over 2000 shows in 100 cities across 12 countries. He’s a corporate favorite and can structure his set to suit your corporate needs, he has done over 400 corporate events in a 13-year career. He has toured through India, South East Asia, the U.S, Canada and also became the first Indian comedian to have his own show in China, Singapore, and Bangladesh. He has two standup specials on Amazon Prime Video – My Baby Thinks I’m Funny (2017) and Make India Great Again (2018). He’s also an author and has written 3 novels, as well as 1 non-fiction book. In 2012 – he was listed No. 1 in the top 30 most interesting Twitter users in India. He is the founder of East India Comedy – one of the country’s biggest comedy collectives. He has been highly appreciated by audiences and fellow comedians; Rob Schneider called him “Very Loud! Killed in every city”, Wayne Brady said, “He is the second brilliant Indian comedian I’ve seen, after Russell Peters.” He is also a columnist and has written columns for The Times of India, Mid-Day, Hindustan Times, and has a weekly column with Deccan Chronicle and Asian Age, amongst others. He also hosts events, does writing workshops, and a demotivational workshop, that is designed to make your employees feel less motivated.
33. Sapan Verma
Sapan Verma is a stand-up comedian and the co-founder of the East India Comedy (EIC), one of India’s most established comedy collectives. He is also a part of The Ghanta Awards and Backbenchers. Sapan has hosted EIC Outrage, which crossed over 5 million views in its first 3 months. He has performed at over 700 live events across India & abroad. Also a writer, he has written the IIFA Awards & LifeOK Screen Awards and has scripted the prestigious Filmfare Awards, Star Guild Awards and GiMA. Sapan Verma rose to popularity especially among the youth, for his humour and punchlines on everyday life. Most of his sets are based on observational comedy.
34. Urooj Ashfaq
Urooj Ashfaq is one of the most sought-after young talents among the new generation of comics taking the scene by storm. She is a 22-year-old girl from Mumbai, who found her first claim to fame through the TLC show, Queens of Comedy, where she was one of the finalists and a comedy force to reckon with. Urooj has traveled across the country with her stand-up act and performed alongside some of the stalwarts, like Kanan Gill & Kunal Kamra. She has also worked on numerous projects as a comedy writer and put her best wits to use in both fiction & non-fiction formats (Better Life Foundation, Die Trying). She has also acted in multiple comedy properties (AIB’s If Apps were people, When some is sick sketches). She is famous for her effortless and crisp comedy. Known for her hilarious punchlines and jokes on the entertainment industry, she is one of the most popular youth-centric comedians.
35. Appurv Gupta
Appurv Gupta is one of those rare stand-up comedians whose comedy is based on self-deprecating humour. After graduating, Gupta started performing at the Toastmasters Club. He has performed in more than 1000 shows in India and abroad since then, including corporate performances for Airtel, Tanishq, Adobe, Amex and Radio Mirchi, IIT Delhi, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Kanpur, and IIT Jodhpur. He has written 3 solo shows Appurview, RelationShip Or RelationShit, and Laugh with an Engineer 2.0, which has garnered over 10 million views on social media. His most applauded act is Appurview – Laugh with an Engineer which describes life from the point of view of an engineer. Gupta was ranked second in “Top 20 Indian stand-up comedians in 2014” by CNN-IBN and was shortlisted in the Forbes India 100 Celebrity nominees list of 2015 by Forbes India. Appurv is a great choice for corporate comedy and live college events because of his clean and hilarious comedy content.
36. Anuradha Menon
Anuradha Menon is an Indian stand-up comedian, best known for her alter ego ‘Lola Kutty’ as a VJ on Channel V. She opened the show for internationally acclaimed comedians, Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie, of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ fame during their India tour. She has performed at many live events and also co-written a two-woman sketch comedy show called ‘Rinse Cycle’. She is also an established theatre actor and has performed in India and internationally. The play, ‘A Personal War’, in which she had a critical role, won an award at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival. Trailblazer for the Indian stand-up comedy scene, she is a veteran in the comedy space and extremely popular with the young as well as the corporate crowd.
37. Sahil Shah
Sahil Shah is a well-known stand-up comedian who is also one of the founding members of East India Comedy- a popular comedy collective and a YouTube channel. He has performed at over 900 live events, including performances in New York, London, Singapore, and Dubai. Apart from comedy clubs and sold-out auditorium shows, he has performed at multiple colleges across India and has also given a TEDx talk. He has been featured on Channel V’s “UR FIRED” and “The Front Row” on Star World and has written scripts for many notable awards functions like GiMA, Screen Awards, and more. He is one of the most famous stand-up comedians of Indian OTT, popular for his rib-tickling jokes on observations of daily life.
38. Vaibhav Sethia
Vaibhav is amongst the most eclectic stand-up comedians one can watch. His Amazon Prime Special ‘DONT’ stands out for its idiosyncrasies and relatability at the same time. While his next special ‘This One Time’ showcased his extraordinary abilities of anecdotal comedy, his new shows exhibit distinct new styles and topics Vaibhav Sethia has performed at all the popular comedy haunts, like the Canvas Laugh Club, and has won popular contests like the Pajama Fest Open-Mic in 2014. The Kolkata-raised, IIT-Roorkee graduate has previously worked as a writer and an assistant director after he quit his money-minting oil company job. He co-founded Comedified in 2014. Vaibhav has entertained audiences in almost every city within the country. His YouTube videos, garnering millions of views, highlight his acute observational skills sprinkled with wit and immaculate expressions. His clean jokes delivered in an impersonal manner often revive people into spurts of laughs even after the show.
39. Naveen Richard
Naveen Richard is a Lawyer-turned-Stand-up comedian who is literally raising the ‘bar’ for humor in India. An ‘Internet Celebrity’, he is known for his absurd Sci-Fi-themed web series Star Boyz, and the mockumentary web series Better Life Foundation for which he found a cult following amongst the urban millennial. Popular for his sharp-edged, nuanced, and well-written humor, his solo act ‘Don’t Make That Face’ on Amazon Prime was well-received. A finalist on Comedy Central’s Indian Comedy Festival 2012, Naveen has performed over 400 stand-up shows across India. He is a popular stand-up comedian on OTT and one of the most versatile stand-up comedians, well-known for his crisp one-liners.
40. Anirban Dasgupta
Anirban Dasgupta is an Indian stand-up comedian, hailing from the city of Kolkata. His comedy comes from his own life journey as a former engineer to corporate salesman to the world of gags! From corporate life to marriage and social media to current affairs and more, he makes everything hilarious. In the year 2012, he co-founded the comedy group ‘Comedified’ which performs stand-up, improv, and sketches comedy. He won the ‘Weirdass Pajama Festival’ open mic competition, one of India’s Largest Comedy Festival, curated and produced by Vir Das. He is a regular performer at India’s premier comedy clubs like the ‘Canvas Laugh Club’ and ‘The Comedy Store’. He has a great fan following among GenY. He has a knack for adding Humour to even the most mundane things and his most popular jokes are on the different urban cultures of Indian metros.
41. Neville Shah
Neville Shah is a Creative Director at Ogilvy and Mather by profession and a stand-up comedian by passion. He is a regular at the Canvas Laugh Club and the Comedy Store. He has been performing on many stages, both internationally and in India, for many years now. He is known for his scathing point of view and his witty comic timing. He has done a nationwide tour ‘We Should All Kill Ourselves’, a stand-up comedy special that’s been written over 35 years; a combination of self-deprecation and blatant rhetoric on social change and societal double standards. Stand-up comedian Neville Shah is a popular comedian among GenY. A popular face in clubs and a famous face on the OTT stand-up comedy circuit.
42. Raunaq Rajani
Raunaq Rajani is a purebred Bombay boy who used to be a writer at East India comedy. He is one of the most fun voices you’ll hear in the comedy scene. His unique voice sometimes drops poignant truth bombs and sometimes just leave you with a random joke making you wonder why you’re ever laughing at it in the first place. He’s appeared on tv for shows like NDTV rising star of comedy, Cyrus Broachas the news that wasn’t, Comedy Central’s stand-up showcase, channel V’s sprite teen till I die, etc. Raunaq was a finalist on Amazon Prime’s comicstaan season 2. He has 100K+ Youtube subscribers and 50K+ followers on Instagram. Raunaq Rajani is a great choice for corporate comedy shows because of his clean comedy content. His observational comedy is quite fresh and he also brings a great deal of customization for corporates when it comes to the client’s sector, age group, and city. Needless to mention, he is extremely well priced.
43. Nishant Suri
Stand-up comic and Delhi resident Nishant Suri is an engineer turned investment banker turned wedding photographer turned stand up comedian, Nishant, clearly knows what he wants to do in life. He’s been doing stand-up for a year now, and in this while has won stand-up competitions at IIT Delhi, Vir Das’s Pyjamafest 2014, Canvas Laugh Club Mumbai, and Radio One Delhi’s LOL season 2. He’s also been featured in the list of “Top 5 upcoming Delhi comedians”. After a rollercoaster journey, he was declared the winner of Amazon Prime Video India’s reality show ‘COMICSTAAN’ season 1 2018. He is a popular stand-up comedian among the Gen Y. Famous for edgy, self-deprecating humor and an Ideal for students and IT audience.
44. Aditi Mittal
Aditi Mittal is one of the first female stand-up comedians in India who has been rated amongst ‘India’s top 10 stand-up Comedians’ by The Times of India and is also featured in CNN-IBN as ‘Top 30 witty, intelligent and incredibly funny Indian women to follow on Twitter’. In 2009, she was one of the first 5 Indians to be featured in an Indians-only stand-up show called Local Heroes, organized by the U.K based ‘The Comedy Store’. Today, she is a regular at Canvas Laugh Factory, Comedy Store Mumbai & has performed at many humor festivals across the country, at clubs in the UK & at Laugh Factory, Los Angeles. In 2013, Mittal was invited by the BBC for the prestigious 100 Women conference in London. She has also been featured in the American documentary, Stand-Up Planet, along with American & South African comics. She was one of the founding members of the Ghanta Awards & the Filmfail Awards, two of the biggest parody award shows in India. She is famous for her unconventional take from the female point-of-view and hilarious takes on political issues. Her narration of social issues like feminism and misogyny through humour is a treat to watch.
45. Azeem Banatwalla
Azeem Banatwalla is one of India’s top comics, as rated by CNN-IBN. He is best known for his intelligent and observational humour. He has performed at many live events across India and Asia and has shared the stage with established international comedians like Dwayne Perkins, Andy Zaltzman, and Ron Josol. He is considered as one of the ‘thinking comics’ as he fuses his performances with wit rather than stereotypes. He is best known for his intellectual and sharp stand-up comedy. A popular among the corporate audience with clever topical aspects of daily life addressed through humour.
46. Ravi Gupta
From the by lanes of Varanasi to the roundabouts of Delhi, Ravi Gupta, a cartoonist, and a stand-up comic has seen it all and loves everything around humor and all that it entails. He is a keen observer of the world around him and finds wit & humor in almost everything he comes across. Popularly known as the “Shuddh Desi Comic”, rightly so for his relatable content, his edgy humor, and touchy topics that people relate to very easily in their everyday lives. Ravi Gupta has been selling out all the prestigious venues across the country and abroad. He has a strong social media presence with close to half a million subscribers on youtube and over 100k followers on Instagram. All his videos go viral within 48 hours of their release and his videos have been shared by major celebrities as well. Ravi Gupta was also featured as a prominent stand-up comedian in the very popular Good Night India show of SAB TV (Sony LIV app) which was anchored by very Amit Tandon and Jaya Shankar. Ravi Gupta is well known because of his multi-language inclusive content and a guaranteed clean and non-offensive standup comedy. He has done 200+ corporate shows in India since his videos went viral. His Clean and corporate-friendly Jokes make him one of the best in the business.
47. Aakash Mehta
Aakash Mehta is a musician, comedian, and self-confessed muffin enthusiast. A former head of programming at Culture Shoq, this multi-talented human lets his keen sense of aesthetics dictate his artistic endeavors. He is also a qualified sound engineer. His multifaceted skills have helped him carve a niche out for himself. He performs regularly at venues like The Comedy Factory, and his YouTube channel is known for publishing some distinct videos, like the Big Brother Stories. With 1000+ shows, 10+ videos, 3 and a half tours and collectively over 27 million views on his videos and over 4 lakh subscribers on YouTube, he has left people hankering for more of his content and laughter each time he does a show! Aakash Mehta is known for his inclusive and relatable content and his guaranteed clean and non-offensive comedy style.
Chocku is one of the earliest Tamil language stand-up comedians from the Tanglish Comedy movement. The Madurai payyan Chocku’s natural, ‘kurumbu’ thanamaana humor is a treat to watch. Chocku’s ‘nakkal’ that often comes as a surprise is his specialty. Chocku is a comedian who must be caught live. One of many widespread jokes delivered by Tamil stand-up comedian Chockalingam SP (Chocku) entails a visit to Sri Lanka, and the way the traveling time to get there may be lower than what you spend ready at a busy Chennai site visitors sign. Chokalingam is a standup comedian best known for his multi-language inclusive content and a guaranteed clean and non-offensive standup comedy. He is a veteran comedian who brings a great deal of experience including locations outside India as well.
49. Samay Raina
Samay Raina is an Indian stand-up comedian, YouTuber, and chess enthusiast. He was the co-winner of the second season of the stand-up comedy contest Comicstaan. During the COVID-19 pandemic, he began streaming games of chess along with various comedians and chess masters. After performing at multiple open mics since 2017, Raina began opening for well-known comedians like Anirban Dasgupta and Abhishek Upmanyu in Pune. As he gained recognition, he moved to Mumbai to pursue a career in stand-up comedy and gave several successful shows in Mumbai and in several cities across the nation. Samay has entertained audiences in almost every city within the country. His YouTube videos, garnering millions of views, highlight his acute observational skills sprinkled with wit and immaculate expressions. His clean jokes delivered in an impersonal manner often revive people into spurts of laughs even after the show.
50. Mohit Morani
Mohit Morani hails from a small town in Rajasthan. He has a knack for making everything around you feel funny as he brings a powerful punch to the stage which makes you want to see him again, and again. He is famous for taking mundane things from everyday life and making them into the most colorful and fun jokes. Taking observational comedy to a whole new level, he delivers the most unexpected punches. He has more than 70K+ Subscribers on YouTube with more than 3 million views on his YouTube videos. Mohit Morani is a growing standup comedian whose popular content and a guaranteed clean and non-offensive standup comedy will leave you rolling in laughter.