With YouTube gaining more and more popularity, a whole new generation of stand-up comedians is emerging. They are connecting with their audience by bringing in different ideas and thoughts that can make them laugh and happy.
Here is the list of the top 10 stand-up comedians from India. These comedians can surely make you laugh with their phenomenal sense of humour. Here we go:
10. Aditi Mittal
YouTube Subscribers: 242k
Instagram Following: 97.4k
Aditi’s journey to make her name among top comedians was not easy. After completing her graduation, she went on to do odd jobs but the great recession had her lose her job. A heartbroken Aditi spent her evenings watching stand-up comedy and finally decided to follow her passion for doing stand-up comedy.
After entering the comedy world, Aditi has done numerous shows all over India and in other countries like the US and UK. She is also featured in Forbes’ 30 Under 30 list.
9. Biswa Kalyan Rath
YouTube Subscribers: 685k
Instagram Following: 406k
Biswa Kalyan Rath, popularly known as Biswa was born in a middle-class family in Bhubaneshwar. After completing his graduation from IIT Kharagpur in the field of Biotechnology, he worked in the creative field and became a graphic designer. He also worked in Oracle in the software field.
When he was working in Bangalore, he developed an interest in stand-up comedy. Eventually, he gathered the courage to participate in open mic events. In one such event, he met his partner in the field, Kanan Gill, and the rest is history. Biswa never looked back, he is bringing laughter into the lives of thousands of people across the nation.
8. Kanan Gill
YouTube Subscribers: 780k
Instagram Following: 358k
Kanan Gill, known for performing over 1000 shows around the globe, secures his place under the top 10 stand-up comedians in India. He earned a good name and fame due to his YouTube series, Pretentious Movie Reviews where he used to review Bollywood movies along with his fellow comedian, Biswa Kalyan Rath.
Kanan used to work as a Software Engineer. In the meantime, he won a competition called Punchline Bangalore and again won at the Comedy Store in Mumbai. Realizing his love for Comedy, he quit the job to pursue a career in the Comedy field.
7. Vir Das
YouTube Subscribers: 809k
Instagram Following: 1.1 Million
Vir Das is not only a widely famous stand-up comedian but also a known actor who has worked in many Hindi films like Delhi Belly, Go Goa Gone, and Badmaash Company.
Vir completed his graduation in Economics and Theatre. Post that, he made his career debut as a host. He hosted two famous television shows on the Zoom channel namely ‘Is Route Ki Sabhin Linein Mast Hain’ and the stand-up comedy late-night show ‘Ek Rahin Vir’.
6. Kenny Sebastian
YouTube Subscribers: 2.2 Million
Instagram Following: 1 Million
Kenneth Mathew Sebastian, popularly known as Kenny is a renowned Musician, Filmmaker, and Standup Comedian. At a very young age, he started making his own films. He had directed 12 shorts and 2 feature films when he was only 23 years old.
At the age of 19, Kenny did his first ever comedy show at the IIT fest in Mumbai and won the competition. He made his first YouTube video live in 2008 titled ‘9 Hours to Live’.
5. Aakash Gupta
YouTube Subscribers: 3.33 Million
Instagram Following: 1 Million
He has to be on the list of top 10 stand-up comedians in India as his sense of humour is just outstanding. Although he started his career in standup comedy at an early age, he didn’t get too much popularity.
In 2018, his entry into the popular Comedy show Comicstaan built his career. He came second in the competition and since then he came into the spotlight of the entertainment world. Some of his popular videos are ‘Dogs’, ‘Delhi Metro’, ‘Relationships, Clubbing & Cocktails’.
4. Munawar Faruqui
YouTube Subscribers: 3.45 Million
Instagram Following: 4 Million
A famous comedian, rapper, writer, Youtuber, and social media star, Munawar Faruqui originally belongs to the Gujarati city of Junagadh. At the age of 17, his father became ill and all the responsibilities came on his shoulder. In his early 20s, he became a graphic designer. When India witnessed the boom of OTT platforms in 2017, he got aware of the comedian world and explored it further to find his real career.
He published a YouTube video in August 2020 titled ‘Dawood, Yamraaj & Aurat’ which proved to be one of the funniest videos on the internet. It has crossed 18 Million views so far (as of March 2023).
3. Anubhav Singh Bassi
YouTube Subscribers: 3.68 Million
Instagram Following: 1. 5 Million
If you have watched one of the two most famous comedy videos Cheating & Waxing, then you must be very well of how humorous Anubhav Singh Bassi is. He makes people laugh by sharing his past experiences with his friends in school and college.
His YouTube debut in 2019 on ‘Cheating’ made him a star overnight. The video has currently 75 Million views (as of March 2023). His YouTube bio says, “Lawyer turned UPSC Aspirant turned Entrepreneur turned Standup Comedian.”
2. Abhishek Upmanyu
YouTube Subscribers: 4.11 Million
Instagram Following: 1.4 Million
A very famous YouTuber & Comedian, Abhishek Upmanyu was born on 19 May 1990 in New Delhi, India. He is making people laugh and entertain since his childhood days. It was 8 January 2017 when he uploaded his first video on ‘Indian insults, parents, and their comebacks’ which has a total of 30 Million views currently (as of March 2023).
After Abhishek gained fame, he did many stand-up comedy shows at national and international levels which made him even more popular and famous among the youth.
1. Zakir Khan
YouTube Subscribers: 7.15 Million
Instagram Following: 4.6 Million
Whenever we talk about India’s best comedians, Zakir Khan is the first name that comes to everyone’s mind. His extraordinary sense of humour always places him above all. He has recently won the Stand-up comedian competition that was organised by Comedy Central.
He became quite famous by grabbing the opportunity to work for ‘On Air with AIB’. His famous work includes comedy specials like Kaksha Gyarvi (A highly acclaimed Amazon Prime series), Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare and a podcast, ‘Umeed’.
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