Ever since the trailer launch of Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa last Thursday, the show has been garnering a lot of buzz online owning to the fact that it’s the first comedy show to venture into the regional comedy space in India. This Tamil spinoff of the popular show Comicstaan will mark Amazon Prime Video’s foray into stand-up comedy in Tamil. Adding to the local flavour that will highly appeal to fans, the show will feature three top Tamil-speaking comedians will be mentoring and judging contestants over eight episodes to find the best in the Tamil stand-up scene. This terrific trio includes none other than the versatile actor and comedian Rajmohan Arumugam who will be seen along with Praveen Kumar and Karthik Kumar.
Known for discussing socially relevant issues and having featured in various videos of ‘Put Chutney’, Chennai’s most popular online brand, the popular show will see one of the most-recognisable faces of Tamil comedy bring his humour A-game on display. Having become a household name owing to his thought-provoking conversations, the actor continues to pack a punch in big budget movies and enjoy an ever-growing fandom on social media.
Speaking on venturing into a different style of comedy series, Rajmohan believes that it was a once-in-a-lifetime experience that helped him learn a lot and grow as an individual. Speaking about the show, he says, “The entire experience of shooting this show was wonderful. I learned a new thing in every single episode and from every person throughout the series.”
Going on to talk about working alongside two esteemed judges, he adds, “Everybody’s thinking pattern was different. For example, Karthik is completely different and someone who really can’t really offend anyone. He is generally a very strict person but his persona changes as soon as he enters the stage. On stage, he is comparatively cooler and more relaxed.”
As far as the contestants go, they too seem to have had their effect on him. Rajmohan comments on them saying, “Also, Syama for that matter, spoke on unconventional topics that no one will usually choose. That’s what impressed me the most about her, her uniqueness to try out something new. Even the way Annamalai thinks, it is completely diverse. I may say Annamalai has a unique way of reaching an audience with a more conventional thought-process. He is a very urban guy, very educated, but at the same time, his approach is very beautifully traditional. So, there are lessons that I learnt from everyone in every single episode. I used to watch them, observe how comedy from paper translates onto stage through them. This kind of a transition is a lesson not only for me but for every comic out there. I am sure this program has the potential to create comedians who will go out and make their mark on the stand-up circuit.”
Produced by Only Much Louder (OML), the series has been directed by Arjun Karthikeyan and written by D Jai Adhitya and Mervyn Rozario A. Comicstaan Semma Comedy Pa will stream from September 11 only on Amazon Prime Video.