Indian Stand Up Comedy Specials On Netflix + 1 Bonus

Netflix Indian Standup Comedy Originals

Netflix in India is known for Sacred Games & Radhika Apte. They have a huge list of Indian Original movies & tv shows available in their gamut, it is not famous for its comedy standups India. However, when Netflix forayed into the standup comedy segment but Amazon PrimeVideo owned them in the comedy space with more than 30 hilarious standup specials with almost all the famous standup comedians in India. The list of Netflix stand up comedies featuring Indian artists is small (3 to be precise :P) all of them are funny, read on to see if they sound hilarious to ‘you’.

Vir Das: Losing It

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Regarded as one of the pioneers in Indian Stand-Up Comedy, Vir Das is back to make you go ROFL with another Stand Up special, ‘Losing It’. Released on 11 Dec 2018, in this Netflix-exclusive stand-up, Das will make you lose it on his hilarious rants on a buffet of topics. Pick one, have a great laugh, and then move on to the next one; On the loop, for 1 hour.

Das opens the act by straight-away ranting the Indians in America who don’t want to return to India and how the world thinks that Indians are smarter but reality has something else to say. What follows are Beef jokes, MAGA jokes, and NaMo jokes in this first act. This is what Vir Das does. He talks on such sensitive topics while being completely inoffensive. Next, he takes you to his childhood in South Africa and how they had to come back to India. He was 16 at that time. 16 and masturbating.

The whole stand up is like that. Das will make you laugh on the social issues that he has observed in day-to-day life. Sometimes you’ll find yourself agreeing to him and laughing, and sometimes, disagreeing and laughing. All you need to do is to just sit back, relax and enjoy ‘Losing It’ from Vir Das.

Vir Das: Abroad Understanding

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Vir Das is one of the pioneers of modern standup comedies in India, even before AiB was formed. A-Broad Understanding is a mature comedy mixing everyday observations with stereotypical topics delivered with the ‘Vir-Das’ delivery. In this 1-hour witty comedy special, he perfectly delivers 6 accents – Indian, American perceived Indian, American, German, French & Mexican.

If you ever wondered will your views, likes & dislikes be perceived similar or different from people living in other parts of the world? Well, so did Vir Das which is why he thought of bridging this ‘gap’ between regions and bringing people together under one roof to get answers to some topics that confuse him ranging from food, religion, homophobia, racism, french kiss, LGBT & globalization. 

This is one of his best works and becomes even more interesting when you realize that the show has been shot in two time zones which are 7000 km apart at the same time. Confused? Watch the show to discover how. What are you still doing here? NETFLIX IT!

Things they wouldn’t let me say by Aditi Mittal

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Aditi Mittal is one of the first few female standup comedians in India. She generally talks about things that male comedians don’t rather can’t talk about comfortably. This topical comedy talks about things like gender stereotyping and progressive unexplored topics including sex, thongs, eve-teasing, periods, sex education, bra sizes & body hair. This 30-year young half-Sindhi & half-Punjabi pulls it off hilariously in this 1-hour special with no inhibitions and talks about every single thing that she is not allowed to.

If you have seen her perform earlier, you would have heard many of her jokes in the act but it takes a refreshing turn when her alter-ego Dr. Lutchuke arrive on the scene. She takes it to another level through Dr. Lutchuke by even shedding off the persona of Aditi Mittal – She absolutely says whatever she wants to and nobody stops her!

However, the show has some Bollywood references which might make it difficult for some people to understand. All in all, if you want to have a hearty laugh, go ahead and watch the show.

The Queens of Comedy

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The Queens of Comedy is a popular show in the USA released back in 2001. The Indian version of this comedy talent hunt features eight women performing in front of the judges Richa Chadha, Kaneez Surka, and Rohan Joshi to win the title.

The show sponsored by TLC shortlists comedians from all parts of India. One finally gets to see women finally speaking what they have in mind without being judged for it (in the other way because here judges play an important role). Putting forth their observations about general life and injecting it with some wry humor, these crazy ladies will keep you glued to your screens.

Queens Vs Kings

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The second iteration of “Queens Of Comedy” has now introduced the kings. The concept is simple, a comedic face-off between 2 teams of 3 men and 3 women, led by their captains. Every episode is based on various themes performed in various segments. Every theme is based on the “isms” that we observe in daily lives like sexism, feminism, racism, etc.

With sound themes like these, you can expect some pin-point jokes from both the genders based on the situations that they face in their daily lives. Take the very first episode for example. Supriya makes a hilarious point on how guys ask about bra sizes and how it’s none of their business. On his turn, Kumar Varun sheds light on how men act when they get inspired by the feminism trend. We get to see both sides.

Whether you’re on Kings’ side or the Queen’s, it wouldn’t make any difference on the amount of laughter that you’re gonna get from this show. Spare some time for “Queens Vs Kings” an enjoy a fresh light-hearted perspective on said stressful issues.

Indian Look-Alikes  (how funny)

Patriot Act With Hasan Minhaj

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To talk on some serious issues, Hassan Minhaj is here with a comedy show. Welcome to Patriot Act With Hassan Minhaj, a unique comedy show where Minhaj discusses some global news, politics, and social topics with a fresh perspective backed by a shit-ton of comedic ammunition.

Released in 2019, in the 2 episodes so far, he has talked about the drug pricing in America and Censorship in China while addressing his recent Saudi Arabia controversy as well. The man sure knows how to take heavy things light-heartedly. And you can learn the same from him every Sunday only on Netflix.

 

Though the list of Indian Netflix originals on Netflix is limited, their international standup catalog is huge. Have a look at it here.

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