1. Kunal Kamra
For comedians in India to turn to political material comes with a cost. And that cost includes getting thrown out of your house by the landlord and getting death threats but that hasn't stopped Kunal Kamra from creating a craze amongst his followers. There are celebrities who have appreciated his work privately but not publically, fellow comedians have refrained from acknowledging him on Social Media AND he's been canceled from shows because of a politician turning up for it. But who is a comedian if he doesn't take it in stride? He also runs a Podcast called Shut Up Ya Kunal’, where he calls people in politics as well as newsmakers for a civil discussion on issues. Follow him if you believe his stand-up acts are your cup of tea but make sure to NOT take offense.
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/Kunal-Kamra-370949839764207/
YOUTUBE: LINK https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC7sbc0Ed3_yMu-etXVpj7cg
2. Zakir Khan
Coming from a very humble background, An Indian stand-up comedian, writer, and presenter rose to fame after winning Comedy Central's India's Best Stand Up Comedian competition. He has also been a part of a new comedy show, On Air with AIB. One of his most famous videos is "When I meet a Delhi girl" which has 15 million views now. He is also done an Amazon Prime show 'Haq se single' and appeared as a judge in "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge" season 4. His ability to connect with the audience and describe relatable situations in hilarious ways is what connected him to his fans. He makes sure all his stand-up shows have an emotional aspect to them.
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/kuchhtobhizakir/
YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCkS7Vxu4PjM99w0Is6idjcg
3. Cyrus Broacha
I mean there are only a few things a person can do well but NO, Cyrus Brocha has been an acclaimed prodigy ever since he started working at the age of 12- when he got his first Hindi film Jalwa. Cyrus has fulfilled multiple roles with utmost efficiency - TV anchor, theatre personality, comedian, political satirist, columnist, and author. And that's nothing, he has also been a Radio Jockey ever since FM Radio launched in India. He has also hosted cricket shows and interviewed nearly every cricketer of our generation. Broacha anchors a news satire and comedy show, The Week That Wasn't on CNN-IBN, co-written and directed by friend Kunal Vijaykar. I mean is there anything he cannot do? He has blessed us with his wit and humor.
4. Atul Khatri
A 40+ Guy but the best stand-up comedians in the country. CNN-IBN has rated him as the top 10 comedians in India. He realized his calling a little late in life. He is a computer engineer and a British management scholar, but we are glad he decided to do this. He brings his perspective about different things and his experiences through his comedy. Don't forget to watch his comical fresh take on Justin Beiber's Concert in Mumbai.
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/hornysindhi/
YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCoAkOJtcToS0piLQMO-W4uw
5. Vir Das
Who doesn't know Vir Das? I mean we all know comedy doesn't get better than this. His intelligent humor and handsome face have caught the eye of a million female fans across the globe. He is one of the first Indian Comedians to have done a stand-up comedy set for Netflix India and you are missing something great in life if you haven't watched that. Not only a Bollywood actor and a world-class comedian, he is also a columnist and a musician.
6. Sahil Shah
Sahil is one of the founding members of East India Comedy. He's performed over 600 shows and counting, including performances in New York, London, Singapore, and Dubai. (Yes he goes international too). He's a versatile comedian who can perform for the corporate crowd as well as the college crowd. He has also given TEDx Talk and featured in shows "UR Fired" on Channel V and "The Front Row" on Star World.
7. Abhish Mathew
Abish Mathew is one of the better known stand-up comedians and YouTube performers in India, who tasted celebrityhood with All India Backchod (AIB) and his comedy show, Son of Abish. He did what most successful people do, left his secure job at 95 Fm and came to Bombay to explore more avenues in stand-up comedy. He has the rare talent of having all the other co-comedians in splits while if anyone else makes the same joke, it just isn't as funny as it should be. His instincts are funnier than pre-prepared jokes and that is his strong point.
8. Kenny Sebastian
He comes from an army background and has tried his hand at quite a few things from music, to filmmaking and ultimately the thing he enjoys the most and that is stand-up comedy. He performed on stage for the first time at the age of 19 and hasn’t stopped since. With a great sense of humor creating humorous content on everyday topics, a great voice and a rare ability to make really weird but cute expressions, Kenny Sebastian now has a huge fan following. The Bangalore-based stand-up comedian is arguably one of the biggest comedy acts in the country, creating content fit for both the Internet and the stage.
9. Kanan Gill
A comedian, youtube and an actor - Kanan Gill has strived through perfection. His youtube show "Pretentious Movie Reviews" with fellow comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath brought him into the highlight and lead him to a successful journey of achieving that came his way. We can't forget that we are talking about a software engineer who left his job to pursue something he's brilliant at which was definitely an inspiration to many. One should totally check out his debut movie Noor to admire his acting skills.
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/GillKanan/
YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/user/knngill
10. Biswa Kalyan
Biswa's popularity became prominent because of his sarcastic way of portraying his opinions in the funniest style possible. His sarcasm definitely took him a look way ahead with his "Mast Admi" memes flooding over Facebook. He was identified through Pretentious Movies Reviews which went viral on the internet which gave a Biswa an amazing opportunity to flourish as an individual artist too and come up with his own stand-up shows. Keeping that aside we totally agree nothing can beat the humorous duo of his fellow comedian Kanan and Biswa on a stage together.
11. Karunesh Talwar
This happy-go-cynical, wide-eyed comedian is best known for his unusual jokes, jokes that only he could think (and appreciate). Hence, he is out to form a cult with those who resonate with his sense of humor. He once mentioned, “…My belief is that I want to get laughs on the basis of the written word. When I am on stage, I like to stand in one place and talk. The idea is to make it look less like a performance, if possible. The audience should feel the host is talking to them.” One of the most out-there comics out there, Karunesh Talwar is a young comedian and writer who made his way into the local comedy scene by winning several open-mic competitions, including the Comedy Store's RAW.
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/KaruneshCTalwar/
YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCNJUhkpXnF1GcItcztJM-Ww
12. Aditi Mittal
Aditi Mittal is a comedian, writer, actor and barely managing any of the three roles with competence. She can be found posting workout videos on Instagram, putting her foot in her mouth on Twitter and over-sharing from her personal life on Facebook. Her first stand-up special “Things They Wouldn’t Let Me Say” is on Netflix, her second special “Girl Meets Mic” is also on Netflix and she’s currently touring her third stand-up special “Global Village Idiot” around the world.
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/TheAditiMittalProject/
YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvdnX4xRyt3oTW4et446_Ow
13. Rahul Subramanian
Rahul Subramanian is a brand-manager-turned-comedian. who realized a little too late in life that he was too redundant for the corporate world. Since this realization, he has been a regular at all the leading comedy venues in the country and is currently touring his one hour solo titled Kal Main Udega. If you are someone who enjoys humor with a message then Rahul's comedy is made just for you, the only disclaimer being you've to come up with a message of your own as Rahul has none to offer.
14. Abhishek Upmanyu
A Delhi boy who hardly qualifies to be one (he writes haikus and doesn’t drive a scorpio), Abhishek Upmanyu is one of the finest young comedians in the country, representing fresh new talent on the scene. Abhishek Upmanyu, one of the funniest guys in Indian stand-up scene, is ready with one hour of new jokes, observations and never minds in his new special unceremoniously titled 'Thoda Saaf Bol'. Abhishek now lives in Mumbai, hoping to scale new heights of success within the comedy and live performance arena.
FACEBOOK PAGE: https://www.facebook.com/abhishekupmanyuu/
YOUTUBE LINK: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC4muYPMCSYigqIwRjVWkQ2Q
15. Sumukhi Suresh
Stand up Comedian, Actor, writer, sketch comedy artiste and improviser Sumukhi Suresh is amongst the most exciting talents in the comedy industry. A motormouth Hindi speaking Tamilian; Sumukhi first rose to prominence through YouTube sketches " Behti Naak", created by her, and the mockumentary web series "Better Life Foundation" by Naveen Richard. You’ll find her moving effortlessly from writing sketch comedy shows ‘Behti Naak’, ‘Sketch in the City’ with Richa Kapoor and ‘Go Straight Take Left’ with Naveen Richard, to performing in ones by AIB, TVF, Biswa Kalyan Rath and others. Sumukhi has also acted in the Kannada-language comedy film, ‘Humble Politician Nograj’.
16. Atul Khatri
Atul Khatri is a 40+ guy, we're talking about his age not IQ. A Mumbai based businessman who got up late in life and decided to do English Standup comedy so that he could tick it off his own personal bucket list. An Indian Computer Engineer and a British Mgmt. scholar who always orders soup one by two even when he is eating alone. The comedian has showcased his skills at the prestigious Utrecht International Comedy Festival in the Netherlands and Belgium, and at the 8th Annual Hong Kong International Comedy Festival in 2014.
17. Vir Das
Das started his career on TV when he hosted two TV shows for Indian TV channel 'Zoom' The first one was 'Is Route Ki Sabhin Linein Maast Hain' where he was an agony uncle. The second was his own stand-up comedy late night show 'Ek Rahin Vir'. Das also hosted 'Top Drive - Getaway' for Indian channel ' Star World'.
18. Neeti Palta
Neeti brings to the English stand up comedy scene in India what it sorely lacks – a female perspective. Therefore she has the unique advantage of being able to present a female point of view on a variety of subjects from the life of a woman in India, Indian idiosyncrasies, to daily irritants, current affairs, etc, while indulging in a spot of poking fun at men. With a writing background in advertising and TV, she draws influences from real-life experiences, humans and our Indian innateness.
19. Sorabh Pant
Recently described as “the second most brilliant Indian comedian I’ve seen, after Russell Peters” by Wayne Brady, Sorabh Pant is one of India’s leading comedians, the kind to expend the last drop of energy and Glucon-D to make you laugh. Sorabh’s done over 1000 shows in 60 cities across 15 countries, as well as 300+ corporate shows. He’s best known for his incredible energy and overt expressiveness while performing stand-up, as can be seen in his specials ‘My Dad Thinks He’s Funny’ and ‘My Baby Thinks I’m Funny’.
20. Sapan Verma
I’m a co-founder of the East India Comedy, India’s premiere comedy collective where I perform, write, act and direct, apart from chasing clients for payments all day. He has done over 700 live shows in the last five years, in all over India and also in New York, Paris, Barcelona, Dubai, Singapore, and China.