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Queens of Comedy, the new show on TLC is grabbing attention, and here’s why you should watch it too!
Earlier this year, conversation was raging on how the Indian comedy circuit is a male-dominated area, where sexism definitely exists and women aren’t getting equal opportunities, and rightly so.
Comedy, modern Indian comedy especially, is considered a ‘woke’ sphere of people and it was disappointing to hear the same old tune in its context. But, to prove that all has not been lost, we have been blessed by this new show which provides a platform to all the female comics out there.
The main essence of this show is not about who will win, but the fact that all these 8 brilliant women are on national TV, getting laughs on their jokes and growing as comedians, on a whole. We’re all so biased in the notion that Indian comedy shows are lame and cringe-y, and this is why this show will obviously be scrutinized more than usual. But that’s okay because it also marks a new beginning for this genre on Indian national TV.
Talking about the elephant in the room, why an all-female show? Because we need one! Desperately. Just like a seat reservation system in public transport, the thought behind this show is similar. First women get their due, and then we talk about equal competition.
Another thing that you’ll learn from this show is the technical aspect of comedy. How it’s not just two people laughing at a person who is trying to make them laugh, BUT how comedy works and it’s more than just laughter. From all the episodes that have come out so far, I sure have learnt a lot about this genre with all the feedback that the panel of judges gives to the competitors.
The judges: Richa Chadda, Kaneez Surka and Rohan Joshi, are setting precedents for the new kind of judges who don’t just rate them from 1-10 but also tell them what and where they need work on. The host, Varun Thakur is not as lame as other hosts, but the trope of making fun of the host still hasn’t completely changed.
All in all, the show isn’t perfect, but then which show is? It is definitely a major step, which is helping pave the way for women to come into comedy.
Catch the latest episode here, if you haven’t yet and let us know what you think of this!
Image source: TLC India