LOL : The Comedy Hangout- Open Mic
“Everything is amazing and nobody is happy.”
~ Louis CK
There is no better medicine than laughter. And when you feel you need some of that potion, make sure you visit an Open Mic Stand-Up Comedy show.
Stand-Up comedy is a comic style where in the comedian performs and interacts with a live audience. The performer is known as a comic, a comedian, or simply a stand-up. Stand-Up comedy is usually performed at bars, music halls, pubs, cafes and theatres.
In association with the Bangalore Comedy Club, stand-up comedian Joteen organised an informal comedy show at Hangout Cafe - Open Mic for established comics to work on their material and on spot amateurs to break out into the profession. With 15 comedians waiting to crack you up, each performer was given a time slot of 4+1 minutes. “Sometimes the very obvious things are the most hilarious,” says Joteen.Situated in Koramangala, Hangout Cafe offers an ambient dining experience even with all the bustling traffic at the Sony World junction. With a variety of cuisines, the menu offers a platter of some of the most delicious food such as pastas and pizzas and yearning for more juices and desserts, like the Greek iced coffee and chocolate tart. The rise of Stand-Up comedy goes way back into the origin of Parrhesia, a figure of speech nominally used to describe “free speech”. It was a method used for the cynics and epicureans during 400 BC in order to portray reality without censorship. Since then, Stand-Up comedy has travelled a long way around the world helping notable performers emerge and change the era of humour.
Stand-Up comedy is a growing art form in India. Its early roots traces back to 1980s, when such humour was used as filler act during shows. But Stand-Up comedy was later recognized and gained popularity in the country during the early 20th Century when The Great Indian Laughter Challenge was hosted as TV shows. And most of the comedians performed their acts in Hindi. With intriguing stories the comics shared about their background, they were also well prepared and loaded with all sorts of jokes which amused the audience till the end of the show. “Though I was hesitant at the beginning, the show went well,” says Shanky, a stand-up comic thrilling the show with his jokes on reality and history. “It was also the crowd’s amazing support that kept us going,” he added.With upcoming dates fixed for the next one month, don’t forget to miss the havoc of laughter this Friday at Hangout Cafe!