IF Chennai is suffering from a want of laughter after hosting the popular Russell Peters recently, it might find its antidote in Evam’s latest offering, Donkey Dies, Father Cries, a stand-up comedy featuring five different voices on random topics.
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Karthik Kumar, one of Evam’s founders, says they were inspired by “the nonsense in our lives.” The arbitrary title was kept after comparing individual material and finding nothing in common. “The audience would enjoy five flavours more than one, where style and content are different,” he explains. Evam’s Standup Tamasha has been witnessing a significant buzz in the last two years. “We have a loyal audience among Chennai corporate youngsters, and the stand-up movement is getting a fabulous response.Young people love the irreverence of standup comedy,” he says. For example, one of the comedians, S Aravind, has a huge “TamBrahm” following for his act that pokes fun at related rituals. Another member, Naveen Richard, a Coimb-atore native, has a piece that laments the lack of “hot girls.”
But how might that sit with disapproving members of the audience? “It’s important to interact with the audience. Play the room. Observe the audience, quickly edit, and move on.” Naming Eddie Izard, Jerry Seinfeld, and the Mumbai-based Tanmay Bhat as his favourite comedians, Karthik describes standup comedy as the greatest dare he’s ever done. “It’s like bungee jumping without a rope,” he concludes. Donkey Dies, Father Cries will take place on November 21 at 8 pm. Tickets are priced at Rs 400. Details: bookmyshow.com