The beginning of online and social media popular entertainment has also resulted in a massive shift in Indian comedy circles. The last generation has seen the rise of Indian stand-up comedians, with many comedy laugh clubs opening across the nation and stand-up acts going viral through social media. From YouTube trends to Twitter, Indian stand-up comedians have long dominated online discussions, pop culture, and content.
We’ve compiled a list of the most well-known and popular Indian stand-up comedians to follow on YouTube and social networking sites for a flavorful daily dosage of laughter.
1- Vipul Goyal
Vipul Goyal is commonly considered one of the best stand-up comedians in India, and his fantastic observation-based sets have helped him stand out among a slew of similar-sounding comedians. He is also the only stand-up comedian with his own show, Humorously Yours, which is a semi-autobiographical show produced by TVF.
2- Papa CJ
Papa CJ is a globally influential comedian who has been named ‘Asia’s Best Stand-up Comedian’ and ‘India’s Best Stand-up Comedian.’ On the US television show ‘Last Comic Standing,’ he was one of the top ten out of over 3000 international comedians. With sold-out shows on five continents, he is widely regarded for his ability to captivate audiences.
He quit his job and became a full-time comedian after earning his MBA from the University of Oxford and achieving a successful corporate career. He became the first Indian comedian to be invited to appear at Canada’s Just for Laughs festival in 2009. Forbes Magazine dubbed him “the worldwide face of Indian stand-up,” and the New York Huffington Post dubbed him “a world-class global comedian.” Papa CJ is very well for his corporate performance and is known for his sarcastic punch lines and unique take on corporate culture.
3- Akash Gupta
Akash Gupta, the winner of season two of Comicstaan, is widely regarded to be one of the most skilled comedians working today. Gupta’s acts in Comicstaan and the Netflix original Comedy Premier League demonstrated a broader range than most other comedians.
4- Zakir Khan
Zakir Khan, the Sakht Launda of Indian Comedy, has been a fan favorite among online audiences for his relatable and hilarious acts that are absolutely adorable. He rose to prominence after winning Comedy Central’s India’s Best Stand-Up Comedian competition in 2012. He has also appeared in a number of shows on Indian OTT platforms. Some of his most memorable performances include When I Met a Delhi Girl and What Happens When You Fail an Exam! as well as Life Mein Chahiye Izzat.
5- Anubhav Singh Bassi
Anubhav Singh Bassi, a skilled and experienced lawyer, was a UPSC applicant who also worked in the food industry before becoming a stand-up comedian. His acts ‘Hostel,’ ‘Waxing,’ and ‘Cheating’ have gone viral on YouTube, garnering millions of views.
6- Abish Mathew
Abish Mathew began his career as an RJ at Red FM in Delhi before transitioning to stand-up comedy. Son Of Abish, his YouTube show, is quite popular, and he has hosted a variety of guests, including several YouTube stars and Bollywood stars.
7- Abhishek Upmanyu
Abhishek Upmanyu, a chemical engineer, worked as a research analyst before joining ‘On Air with AIB’ as a writer and then continued to make waves with his awesome stand-up acts like Friends, Crime, & The Cosmos, Delhi, Mumbai, & Rich People, and Breakup, Respecting Elders, & Discrimination.
8- Jeeveshu Ahluwalia
Jeeveshu is a stand-up comedian known for his quick wit, spontaneous one-liners, and eccentric jokes. His unique comedic style is inspired by everyday life observations. In India and abroad, he has performed over 1500 shows of various genres. He made his Bollywood debut in ‘Tamasha,’ and he has appeared in numerous TV commercials for companies such as Comedy Central India, Phillips, Apollo Hospitals, ICICI Prudential, and Grofers. His Zee TV debut was in the comedy show ‘Gangs of Haseepur.’
He was the 2014 winner of ‘Radio Mirchi Comedy Ka King.’ He is known for his quick witty one-liners and uses little to no profanity, making him an ideal choice for audiences of all ages.
9- Sumukhi Suresh
Sumukhi Suresh is a known figure in various web comedy sketches and is one of India’s most versatile female comedians. She rose to prominence after playing ‘Sumukhi Chawla,’ an NGO employee, in India’s first mockumentary-style series, Better Life Foundation. Sumukhi hosted the first season of Comicstaan and served as a judge in the second. She is well-known for writing and performing in numerous comedy sketches, starring in films, and creating viral videos on YouTube. Pushpavalli is a semi-autobiographical Amazon Prime series she created. Sumukhi Suresh has been dubbed “India’s Tina Fey” by the Hindustan Times.
10- Appurv Gupta
Appurv Gupta, a qualified engineer, has performed at numerous college festivals and corporate events. His comedy is a lighthearted look at a middle-class Indian family and its culture, in which he plays Gupta Ji. GuptaJi Ki Aeroplane Wali Journey and Apple, Micromax, and Patli Pin wala charger are two of his best acts.
11- Atul Khatri
Atul Khatri, an engineer, and MBA by education, worked as the CEO of his family’s computer company before turning to stand-up comedy as a sideline. He has appeared in a number of comedy shows and was a member of the comedy group East India Company. He has also seemed to on several OTT shows and in a number of television commercials for well-known brands. Some of his most well-known stand-up comedy acts include Atul Khatri at the Justin Bieber Live show and When Your Child Turns 18.
12- Aditi Mittal
Aditi Mittal, one of India’s most prominent female stand-up comedians, has appeared in numerous comedy shows around the world. In 2013, she was invited by the BBC to attend the prestigious 100 Women Conference in London. She also appeared in the documentary Stand-Up Planet, which was produced in the United States. Her jokes range from various cultural issues to women’s issues in India. Her most popular online acts include The Story of Madhumakkhi and Bra Shopping.
13- Sahil Shah
Sahil Shah is a famous stand-up comedian and founder of East India Comedy, a popular comedy collective and YouTube channel. He has appeared in over 900 live events, including shows in New York, London, Singapore, and Dubai. He has performed at multiple colleges across India, as well as given a TEDx talk, in addition to comedy clubs and sold-out auditorium shows.
He has appeared on Channel V’s “UR FIRED” and Star World’s “The Front Row,” and he has written scripts for numerous award shows, including the GiMAs and the Screen Awards. He is one of the most well-known stand-up comedians in Indian OTT, known for his hilarious observations of everyday life.
14- Kunal Kamra
Kunal Kamra, a man who is frequently the subject of headlines and controversies these days, started working as a production assistant in an ad agency for a few years before beginning his career as a comedian. He has since appeared in several commercials and OTT shows. His comedy frequently targets politicians and the government, with some of his most well-known acts including Patriotism & the Government and Revisiting Demonetisation.
Shut Up Ya Kunal!, his YouTube show, is also quite popular, and he has invited a number of eminent guests, including Arvind Kejriwal, Javed Akhtar, Ravish Kumar, and Asaduddin Owaisi.
15- Biswa Kalyan Rath
Biswa Kalyan Rath, from the eastern state of Odisha, is one of India’s most popular stand-up comedians. His Pretentious Movie Reviews with fellow comedian Kanan Gill drew a lot of attention. With appearances in comedy clubs from across the nation and several OTT shares, he quickly became a well-known face in Indian stand-up comedy circles. Biswa Kalyan Rath – Extroverts and Chaos and Uber and Me are two of his must-see acts.
16- Radhika Vaz
Radhika Vaz, one of India’s first female stand-up comedians, is well-known for her daring, unapologetic, and frequently controversial performances. She has an unusual and humorous take on society’s perceptions of women. and is well-known for her audacious, unapologetic, and frequently controversial actions.
She has an unusual and humorous take on society’s perceptions of women. What the F**k Should I Wear? was one of her memorable performances. where she performed naked in order to break stereotypes in a brand collaboration with FabAlley Another of her acts that you should definitely see is Why do men and women have separate toilets?
17- Amit Tandon
Amit Tandon is a well-known stand-up comedian widely recognized for his physical comedy and punchlines. He has performed over 700 shows all over the world and was involved in bringing the popular comedy face-off show Fight Comic to India. His comedy is centred on everyday life, and he is known for his clean and hilarious comedy, making him suitable for audiences of all ages. He also hosted a weekly show on Radio City91.1 called “Sannu Ki” and was the first comedian to appear on NDTV’s Rising Stars of Comedy. He is a regular at The Comedy Store’s ‘Best of Stand-up’ lineup and was the runner-up on CNBC TV 18’s ‘CEOs Got Talent.’ He is a well-known humorist and professional stand-up comedian.
18- Samay Raina
Samay Raina, affectionately known as the “Supreme leader” by his fans, finished second in Comicstaan Season 2. Raina has made quite a name for himself with his live-streamed chess matches since his stint at the famous Prime original. He also did appear on Netflix’s Comedy Premier League, where his team won.
19- Gaurav Kapoor
Gaurav Kapoor is a rising stand-up comedian who has picked up steam in recent months. Aside from his stand-up comedy, Gaurav is also very popular on Instagram, where he has thousands of fans thanks to his hilarious reels!
20- Sorabh Pant
Sorabh Pant was an early entrant into Indian comedy circles, where he began his career working with Vir Das. In 2012, he co-founded the comedy troupe East India Comedy, with whom he performed at comedy clubs across the country and around the world. Among his fascinating facts are Engineering Colleges: Stupid Rules and Uncles on WhatsApp?
21- Kanan Gill
Kanan Gill rose to prominence in the film Pretentious Movie Reviews, in which he co-starred with Biswa Kalyan Rath. He has since performed at the country’s top comedy clubs as well as on OTT platforms such as Amazon Video and Netflix. Prem Aggan Review and Siblings are two of his must-see acts.
22- Rahul Subramanian
Rahul Subramanian spent a long time managing e-commerce, corporate branding, and online marketing at Mahindra Rise before transitioning to stand-up comedy. He has recently gained popularity for his amusing acts that the urban Indian middle class can relate to. Break Up and MBA are two of his standout performances. as well as India and Pakistan
23- Vir Das
Vir Das, one of India’s first stand-up comedians, has shown up in several Bollywood films, television shows, and major comedy festivals around the world. He has also published comedy columns for magazines such as Femina, Maxim, and Tehelka. Some of his most popular online acts include Indians are racially charged. Homophobia is prevalent among Indians.
24- Rahul Dua
Rahul Dua’s fan base has grown exponentially since he won the first season of Comicstaan. He has since performed several stand-up shows (with a European tour planned) and has appeared in Comedy Premier League.
25- Kenny Sebastin
Kenny Sebastin has appeared in a number of worldwide shows as well as OTT platforms such as Amazon Prime Video and Netflix. You should see his stand-up acts Middle-Class Restaurant Problems & Indian Parents, OCD, and Electricity at Home.