KJo set to debut as stand-up comic in Amazon Prime's 'One Mic Stand'
Filmmaker Karan Johar is all set to debut as a stand-up comic in the second season of 'One Mic Stand', despite the fact that he doesn't laugh while listening to the scripts of comedies
Filmmaker Karan Johar is all set to debut as a stand-up comic in the second season of 'One Mic Stand', despite the fact that he doesn't laugh while listening to the scripts of comedies.
Talking about his experience of doing stand-up comedy, Karan said: "I had never actually thought about it. I am not somebody who is a laugher by nature, I just don't laugh out loud ever. Even when I am hearing the script of comedies, I don't laugh. I always give the writer, narrator that disclaimer in advance. But I am very intrigued by it. I have always wondered how isolating it can be for the person standing on stage compelled to be funny. What if jokes don't land?"
"So I took this as a challenge. I think comedy is very evolving in today's zone of pop culture and I believe stand-up comedy is a new amazing vertical in the world of entertainment which I have always wanted to be a part of. This is the reason I gave this a thought and agreed," he added.
Karan shared about getting trained by well-known stand-up comedian Sumukhi Suresh and what he liked about her most.
He said: "The reason I wanted Sumukhi and no one else is because I am very fascinated by her. I have seen many of her set pieces and she is fantastic. She is real, relatable and I really love her. She is one of the big reasons I agreed to do this."
Talking about making jokes land, he said: "When I am laughing loudly on Koffee with Karan I am also servicing a show. You don't want to laugh but you are laughing loudly because you want to make the audience believe your guest is funny. I think the one thing about being an audience of comedy is that you have to be a laugher. Because imagine having me and I will be plain face and sniggering and it will be a death nail for anyone watching. So one of the reasons I did this was to see if I would be able to make my jokes land."
When asked who would he mentor from the film industry in standup comedy, he said: "Well, I think Alia Bhatt is a terrific actor and when she narrates a story she can be really funny. Therefore, it will be very exciting for me to mentor her because I am not prolific but at least to watch her do it herself would be interesting. She can really tell a story and land on the punch line in a cool kind of way."
'One Mic Stand' will be streaming from October 22 on Amazon Prime.