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    The first edition of The Royal Funny Festival promises to leave you in splits.

    Presenting 15 humorous short plays and two standup comedy shows, The Royal Funny Festival debuts tomorrow. Speaking about the concept, Amit Singh—founder of The Royal Flush Productions, which is bringing it all together—says, “This will be an annual feature. Being the first edition, we are bringing together a lot of artistes from across the city.” Spread over two days, with over 30 actors, 11 directors and seven standup comics, Singh says the event is “a celebration of comedy theatre in Chennai”. Seven short plays will be performed tomorrow, followed by eight on Sunday. The line-up includes a few performed previously at The Short + Sweet Theatre festival, like The Ordinary City (which won the runners up prize for best production). The play’s director, Janardhanan Raghavan, is showcasing two others (A​ Matter ​O​f ​D​eath  and 108 or 1008) at the festival and says that “the standard will be very high because, in 10 minutes, you have to entertain the audience.” Singh will also be directing a couple of plays in addition to a special appearance at the standup show.
    The comedy acts—being organised in collaboration with Evam Standup Tamasha—will have Alex and Baggy with The Yogi and The Bear, and Stand up-On-Sunday (SOS), a performance by four city-based comics. Talking about the event, 30-year-old comedian Vikash Paul, who is part of the SOS line-up, says that festivals like these are huge as “it speaks volumes about the rising comic scene in the city”. The independent comic acts are going to touch upon topics like “politics, life and office experiences, and current affairs,” says Paul.
    At Alliance Française. 4 pm onwards.
    Entry pass Rs 300 onward.
    Details: in.bookmyshow.com

    —Simar Bhasin

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