Over the past few years, India has given us several talented and witty stand-up comedians. With their hilariously quirky antics and creative content, they have managed to find themselves a place in the hearts of the audience. While they continue to rule the stage, some of them have also made their presence felt on the big screen. Very often, we spot our favourite stand-up artist, showing their magic in the movies as well, one of them being Danish Sait, who is all set for his upcoming Kannada movie, Amazon Prime Video’s French Biriyani. Here’s a look at some of the comedians who have tickled our funny bones not just in an auditorium, but also in cinema.
Danish Sait – Humble Politician Nograj and French Biriyani
Danish became an overnight sensation during his stint as an RJ, where he would make prank calls playing fictional characters Nograj and Chacko. As a stand-up artist, Danish has been a part of the Bengaluru-based comedy group – The Improv. In 2018, Danish made his film debut with Humble Politician Nograj where he portrayed the titular character. He will now be seen in Amazon Prime Video’s French Biriyani, a full-on comedy flick, which is slated for a worldwide release on July 24. Directed by Pannaga Bharana and produced by Ashwini Puneeth Rajkumar and Guruduth A Talwar, French Biriyani also stars Sal Yusuf in a pivotal role.
Biswa Kalyan Rath – Brahman Naman
An IIT-Graduate, Biswa Kalyan Rath worked in graphic design, advertising, and software before becoming a full-time comedian. Biswa started doing stand-up comedy in 2015 and went on his first solo national tour – Biswa In Your Face. He went on to create a popular web series called Laakhon Mein Ek, which was released on Amazon Prime Video. Biswa made his film debut with Brahman Naman, an English-language Indian sex comedy film directed by Qaushiq Mukherjee. It was shown in the World Cinema Dramatic Competition section at the 2016 Sundance Film Festival.
Kanan Gill – Noor
Having worked as a software engineer for three years, Kanan Gill decided to quit his job and pursue comedy as a full-time career. Kanan is one of the most popular stand-up artists in India. He gained popularity with the viral YouTube series Pretentious Movie Reviews. Kanan’s career as a comedian was unstoppable as he launched his special Keep It Real on Amazon Prime Video. He was later seen in Yours Sincerely on Netflix. Kanan made a dream Bollywood debut when he starred in Sunhil Sippy’s Noor, opposite Sonakshi Sinha in 2017, receiving positive reviews for his performance.
Varun Grover – Bombay Velvet
You can’t call yourself a millennial if you haven’t heard of Aisi Taisi Democracy! Apart from being a talented comedian, Varun Grover is a national-award winning lyricist as well. Not only has Varun managed to tickle many funny bones through his stand-up shows, but has also given us some of the memorable works, including Masaan, Sacred Games, and The Great Indian Comedy Show, among others. The multi-talented Varun made his acting debut with Anurag Kashyap’s Bombay Velvet in 2015.
Vir Das – Delhi Belly, Go Goa Gone
Vir Das is one of the wittiest comedians in India. He started his career as a stand-up comic and later entered the entertainment industry with films like Delhi Belly, Badmaash Company, Go Goa Gone, and Shaadi Ke Side Effects, to name a few. The comedian-turned-actor has also been a part of various international stand-up shows, as well as made his debut in American television with the television series, Whiskey Cavalier. Back home, Vir has been part of various shows including Amazon Prime Video’s Jestination Unknown and Netflix’s Hasmukh.