New Delhi: They constantly interrupted each other to get in an urgent quip and often finished each other's sentences with perfectly timed guffaws. More than once they threatened to take over the interview as I tried to get in a word. They ignored me, of course.
Note to self. When you are talking to two of India's most promising stand-up comics, Gursimran Khamba and Tanmay Bhat, you run the risk of facing a barrage of questions yourself. But essentially the laidback banter is the underlining style of their new comedy podcast All India Bakchod, the first of its kind in India, and the launch pad for their biting sarcasm on diverse subjects.
For a host of young stand-up comics such as Bhat and Khamba, widely known on Twitter by their handles @thetanmay and @gkhamba, venturing into the relatively unchartered territory of live comedy was not without its risk. There have been parody writers and blend artists, but cringe or burlesque are genres mostly overlooked in India. The podcast is an untested platform for Indian living room banter.
"Nobody has done the comedy podcast show in the India before. We are the first ones to be doing it. You can call it a new medium in India for comedy but if you want to go back, podcasting in itself is not a new medium," Khamba said....more
11:27 AM, Mar 27, 2012