Their free virtual stand-up shows are helping people beat the pandemic blues
Nasif Akhtar, a boy from Malda, stepped into the Kolkata comedy scene in 2016 and slowly made his mark as a stand-up comedian, performing in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Hyderabad, Kolkata, Pune, Bangalore and Nagpur.
In 2018, Nasif teamed up with two college students to form the Mad Bee Comedy Club. The two were Srishty Tiwari, a third-year BA LLB student of The Heritage Law College, and Pratik Saha, a third-year Political Science student of Seth Anandram Jaipuria College.
The comedy club now has more than 100 members. It aims to bring about a change in the comedy circuit in India.
The founders of Mad Bee Comedy Club share their journey, the highs and lows, and the bustling comedy circuit on campus.
We debuted at Cafe Charcha in New Town in 2018. We have since performed across Kolkata, and also in Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore. In 2019 Mad Bee organised comedy shows across England, Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Nepal and Bangladesh. We did more than 300 shows in three years.
Is to help the stand-up scene flourish in Kolkata so that our local comedian doesn’t have to leave the city and go to Bombay to fulfill his dream. We have more than 100 members now.
Our high moments were...
A low moment was...
When our jokes just didn’t click at our performance in the Kolkata Comedy Festival 2019. But handling pressure is part of our stand-up routine.
We welcome all budding comedians studying in college:
Mad Bee has several members who are college students. The Inter-college Comedy League (ICL)) was one of our first steps towards getting budding comedians from colleges under one roof and fight for the funniest title. The club has always encouraged students to join as they are the ones who will make the stand-up circuit grow.
We also organise open mics across the city for budding comedians.
We create comedy content…
By observing people, their reaction to our anecdotes, pinning the ideas down, preparing a set, and trying them out on different platforms. And we don’t give up. Yes, these are the basics when it comes to creating content.
We are adapting to the new normal...
By organising free virtual stand-up comedy shows since the pandemic struck. It helps people stay sane during these difficult days. But the fun we used to have on stage is irreplaceable. Online stand-up comedy is like a masaledar khichdi that you’ve forgotten to add salt to.
What our members think of the club:
“I’ve been with Mad Bee Comedy Club from the beginning. The club has provided us with a platform to perform open mics and shows, with the perfect audience and ambience. I have learnt how to create content for a live show,” said Sourodeep Sinha, MBBS graduate, batch of 2021, KPC Medical College.
“It’s been over two years since I have started stand-up. Mad Bee was the first to give me a platform. Mad Bee always makes sure that the audience and the performers have a good time,” said Sourav Guha, final year, Advertising and Public Relations, PG, IIMC Delhi.
Follow us at https://www.instagram.com/madbeecomedyclub/ and https://www.facebook.com/madbeecomedykolkata/
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