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Last Updated 23 May 2013, 13:42 IST

Three stand-up comedians treated Bangaloreans to a host of rib-tickling anecdotes, witty one-liners and everyday humour recently.

It is more than evident that the City is warming up to stand-up comedy — the number of people who showed up at CounterCulture to watch ‘Gill, Tandonness and the Art of Lesbianics’ recently was proof to this.

Organised by Comedy Central, it was the third of four shows with the same line-up.

Each of the three comedians — Vasu Primlani, Amit Tandon and Kanan Gill — had something different to offer in their sets.

While Amit talked about living in the middle class and his own middle class ‘Tandoncies’, Vasu, who is an environmental lesbian, joked about her own life experiences.

Kanan, the youngest of the three, found humour in more everyday things.

Speaking about his set, he says, “I talked on a variety of subjects, including silly things men and women do, silly things I’ve done specifically and just silly things in general. It’s all very silly.”

Jokes aside, he admits that of all four shows, he enjoyed the one at CounterCulture the most.

“The crowd was younger than that at the rest of the shows. They were receptive and more my kind of people.

One thing I can see is that people are slowly growing more open to stand-up,” he says, adding that while Amit gets laughs out of everybody anywhere, Vasu and he have his own crowd.

Ajit Saldanha, who helped put the event together, notes, “Tigers aren’t as fiercely
protective of their territory as stand-up comedians are of their pet topics,” he says. Watching their predatory approach, one couldn’t help wondering whether they had warned each other off their areas of strength,” he adds.

 “Kanan is savagely funny when it comes to dating fiascos, Amit has a stranglehold on the foibles of the great Indian middle class and what can one say about Vasu Primlani? The lady kills with her witty take on being jostled while on the Delhi Metro and her riffs on going through airport security had the audience in splits,” he informs.

He adds, “The crowd at CounterCulture is suave, urbane and widely-travelled.

It was great to watch them savour the nuances of all three comedians at the packed show.”

(Published 23 May 2013, 13:42 IST)

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