Standup comedy is an art form in which a comedian performs on a live platform and nowadays digital too. Recently we have seen the rise of many Indian stand-up comedians. Besides venting out their frustration, these Indian stand-up comedians ensure their content is relatable enough to make the audience laugh.
We bring you a list of the most prominent and popular stand up comedians from India you can follow on YouTube and social media for a hearty dose of laughter.
Aakash Gupta is a well-known Indian stand-up comedian and the co-winner of Comicstaan season-2. He is well-trained in performance arts and has aced the genre of sketch comedy. He started his career with theatre and improvisational comedy and ended up being a full-time stand-up comedian.
Anubhav Singh Bassi is an Indian comedian. Bassi was born in Parikshitgarh, Meerut. He is 31 years old (2022). He specializes in anecdotal comedy.
His career as a standup comic started after an open mic in 2017. Bassi’s YouTube videos have got 200 million+ views and he has over 3 million subscribers along with 1 million+ followers on Instagram.
Samay Raina is an Indian stand-up comedian, YouTuber, and chess enthusiast. He was the co-winner of the second season of the stand-up comedy contest Comicstaan.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, he began streaming chess games along with multiple comedians and chess masters. He has raised substantial amounts of money for various causes through his YouTube channel, including help for waste pickers, and relief for West Bengal and Assam flood victims.
Comedy magician, Abhishek Upmanyu began his career as a magician at age 9 and made it to television by 12. Having tried his hand at theater in college, he returned to magic for a decade before making his standup debut in 2013.
Since then, he has performed on several shows, toured internationally and been featured at festivals like Montreal’s Just For Laughs and Edinburgh Fringe Festival. Abhishek is recognized by Comedy Central as one of India’s Next Big Things and is one of Times of India’s Top 20 Indian comics to watch out for.
Biswa Kalyan Rath is an Indian stand-up comedian, writer and YouTuber. He is from Odisha. He came into prominence through the YouTube comedy series, Pretentious Movie Reviews with fellow comedian Kanan Gill. He played a supporting role in the 2016 Netflix sex comedy film Brahman Naman.
Kunal Kamra (born 3 October 1988) is an Indian standup comedian known for his observational comedy about absurdities of life. His performances include jokes about politics, cabbies, bachelor life and TV advertisements.
Amit’s brand of observational humor is refreshing and contemporary that has hit a chord with audiences across India. Amit had made his mark with a super relatable style of narrative that makes him connect instantaneously with the audiences. His viral videos have crossed the sacred mark of a whopping 100 million views across the social media platforms.
Abish Mathew is a stand-up comedian and YouTuber. He is known for his work with All India Bakchod, as the creator and host of Son of Abish and Journey Of A Joke, and as the host of Comicstaan.
Kenneth Mathew Sebastian (born 31 December 1990) is an Indian stand-up comedian, musician and filmmaker. He first rose to prominence through a YouTube channel that broadcasts clips of his stand-up shows, devotional song covers, in addition to original skits, garnering 152 million views since 2008.
He has toured the United States, Singapore, The United Arab Emirates and Australia. In 2017, he produced an hour-long comedy special for Amazon Prime. He performs primarily in English, switching to Hindi for comic effect. He was also a judge in Comicstaan, a comedy reality show.
Rahul Subramanian is a versatile stand up comedian and writer. Rahul has made his mark not only as a comic but also as an author, songwriter, singer and content producer. He holds an MBA from IIM Bangalore.
His jokes talk about daily life situations that he turns into funniest punch lines by using his razor sharp wit. Apart from writing for television, Rahul has acted in several stage plays on humor and satire apart from performing at corporate shows across India.