Standup Comedy scene in India has gained quite a lot of attention among youth especially the young adults in the past few years. With Youtube becoming the most popular content consumption platform across the country after Jio internet and recently lockdown. Standup comedy has become popular to a whole new audience. The success of these standup comedians comes from their ability to relate with their audience through their creative story-telling content.
Here is the list of top 12 stand-up comedians in India that are you should look out for:
1. Anubhav Singh Bassi
Anubhav Singh Bassi’s journey has been equivalent to that of a roller coaster with being a lawyer, a UPSC aspirant, to opening a food business with friends to eventually ending up on stage as a stand-up comedian. In fact, his jokes mostly revolve around his career choices.
His first video ‘Cheating’ on YouTube went viral and then there was no looking back. He with his comic timing and unique way of narration based on everyday life has become an instant hit among the audiences. He has more than 2 million subscribers on his Youtube Channels and many videos crossing millions of views. It won’t be wrong to say that Bassi is one of the top stand up comedians in India right now.
2. Rahul Dua
With millions of views on his recents videos, Rahul Dua has become very popular among youth audience, especially in North India. He was also a part of Comicstaan which is a Amazon Prime show where comedians perform and are judged by industry veterans.
Dua recently got married and his marriage vlog has certainly got all your favourite comedians in one frame.
3. Zakir Khan
Popularly known as The Sakht Launda, Zakir Khan got fame after winning Comedy Central’s ‘India’s Best Stand up Comedian’ in 2012. In his early days, he gained more popularity after working closely with AIB’s news show- On Air with AIB. Zakir’s unique style of storytelling and his language makes him super fun to listen and watch. His video on AIB Diwas about Delhi girls has more than 55 million views.
He has his own show on Amazon prime comedy specials titled ‘Haq se Single’ and ‘Kaksha Gyarvi’. Also, his YouTube channel has a whopping 6 million subscribers! He is one of the top standup comedians in India.
4. Vipul Goyal
An IIT Bombay alumnus, Vipul Goyal is a well renowned Indian stand-up comedian and actor as well. He has been a comedy writer and actor for some TVF shows like Humorously Yours. His videos on Youtube like ‘Vipul Goyal on Modiji and taxes’ and ‘Indian bikers’ has millions of views. He has been in the Indian stand-up comedy industry for a long time.
5. Gaurav Kapoor
A stand-up comedian from Delhi, who is very popular for his northern style comedy and Youtube vlogs as well. Gaurab Kapoor quit his corporate job to pursue his career in stand-up comedy.
Gaurav Kapoor also has his own comedy special named ‘Hahakar’ on Amazon Prime Video. Apart from comedy shows, Gaurav Kapoor also has a separate vlog channel where he shares his personal experiences.
6. Aakash Gupta
The co-winner of Comicstaan season 2, Aakash Gupta is a Delhi based standup comedian. He is also a theater actor and also been featured on NDTV Rising Stars of Comedy. His comedy sets like Delhi metro, Dogs and may more has millions of views on Youtube.
He also is famous for his quirky and funny spoofs he uploads on Instagram and Facebook.
7. Amit Tandon
Popularly known as ‘The Married Guy’, Amit Tandon is one of the top Indian stand-up comedian. Another popular comedian based out of New Delhi and also has his comedy special named ‘Family Tandoncies’ released on Netflix.
In his comedy videos, he generally jokes about life as a married man, his kids and general stuff going around in our country.
8. Saurabh Pant
Another one of the top stand-up comedians in India is Sorabh Pant. Apart from being a comedian, Sorabh was he was listed No. 1 of the 30 most interesting Twitter users in India by IBN Live in March 2012. Pant has done more than 1500 shows in 90 cities across the globe.
His Youtube channel has more than 350K subscribers and millions of views on his videos. His show ‘Pant on Fire’ in 2009 was the turning point where thing started to get better for Sorabh in Indian comedy scene.
9. Abhishek Upmanyu
Abishek Upamanyu became very popular in the standup comedy scene when his videos about Mumbai vs Delhi and breakups went viral initially. Originally a native of Delhi, Upmanyu is currently settled in Mumbai to pursue stand-up comedy. He combines his quirky analogies and brings out the reality of travelling and living in both cities.
Abhishek Upmanyu has studied chemical engineering and many of his jokes tickle the funny bones of our large engineering population in India. Apart from that, he also talks about common subjects such as Breakups, respecting elders and crime patrol making it funny and eye-opening at the same time.
10. Urooj Ashfaq
A comedy writer and stand-up comedian, Urooj Ashfaq one of the prominent women in the Indian comedy scene. Urooj has previously worked with AIB and has also participated in many stand-up competitions in Mumbai.
Recently, Urooj co-hosted Comicstaan season 2. She also has a Youtube channel with moe than 300K subscribers and many videos with millions of views.
11. Kaneez Surka
The Indian-South African artist, Kaneez Surka is one of the most loved standup comedians in India. She also has a Netflix special called Ladies Up. Kaneez’s joke about being an NRI and a divorcee tickles your funny bone. Apart from that, she was also a judge on Amazon Prime reality show Comicstaan.
Kaneez recently started a vlogging youtube channel and has 179K subscribers on Youtube. She became very popular during the AIB comedy sketches.
12. Rahul Subramanian
Rahul Subramanian rose to fame after working with AIB sketches and shows as a supporting actor. Also, he has a hit YouTube comedy channel- Random Chikibum in collaboration with Kumar Varun. He has his own comedy special on Amazon Prime Special ‘Kal Main Udega’.
He explains the illogicality that pertains in our society and corporate life. His jokes around bosses and work-life make his content very relatable to the working class.
We hope you found this list of top stand up comedians in India helpful. Cheers!