Who is a stand-up comedian? You probably have heard of this term a lot. A stand-up comedian is a person who, by profession, is a comedian performing in various shows to make the audience laugh. They are not like the typical comedians and the profession does not include wearing funny costumes if you are thinking about it. These people make jokes about contemporary issues as if it is nothing. The work of stand-up comedians may seem simple because they just go up on the stage and deliver a hilarious speech that may include some involvement of the audience. However, that is not the case.
Stand-up comedians usually have a speech prepared beforehand. Based on their prepared script, they deliver their speech and go ahead to make the people laugh. Jokes cracked by them are considered hilarious because these jokes are inclusive and sometimes satirical. Several of them have their own YouTube channels where they post videos of their performances. You may get confused between stand-up comedians and YouTube comedians. The main difference between them is stand-up comedians perform in front of a live audience, while YouTube comedians may not do that all the time.
In this article, we will provide you with a list of 20 such amazing Indian stand-up comedians whom you are going to love. Therefore, without any further delay, let us get on the list right now!
Best Indian Stand-Up Comedians
1. Abish Mathew
One of the most famous Indian stand-up comedians is Abish Mathew. There is probably only a handful of people who do not know about him. Even if you are into stand-up comedies, you might have come across some of his hilarious speeches in your Facebook or Instagram feeds. Abish Mathew has mainly gained fame after his famous shows Son Of Abish and Journey Of A Joke. He has gone as far as holding shows out of India. His fame is intense enough that it guided him on the track. Abish Mathew also made his appearance on Comicstaan. Mathew also has his own YouTube channel where you can find the episodes of his most-seen stand-up comedies. Almost everybody likes the talents of Abish Mathew. We can say that he is one of the people with less haters.
2. Munawar Faruqui
Born in Junagadh, Gujarat, in 1993, this 30-year-old stand-up comedian has won the hearts of many. Faruqui is best known for his jokes on contemporary issues in India. Being a Muslim himself, he has highlighted the acts of violence perpetrated against the community in his stand-up comedies. Again, Faruqui is one of the best-known stand-up comedians of this generation. You will be shocked to know that he has been apprehended many times by the police because of his comedy shows. He has also appeared in a reality show named Lock Upp Season 1. Although his popularity started way before he partook in this reality show, Faruqui became well-known among everybody in India after he participated in the reality show.
3. Anubhav Singh Bassi
You will know him for sure. After the recent 2023 film Tu Jhooti Main Makkar, Bassi gained enormous fame. He played Ranbir Kapoor’s friend in the film, and we loved his character. But did he become famous for the film? No, Anubhav Singh Bassi started to gain fame as a stand-up comedian in 2017. He has performed in several shows, and his sense of humour is impeccable. He has also released his first show on Amazon Prime Video as “Bas Kar Bassi”. You will surely love him because he is such a lovable comedian.
4. Zakir Khan
Okay, so the next comedian on the list is Zakir Khan. You have heard about him, have not you? Zakir Khan’s stand-up comedy videos are extremely popular, and they often appear in Facebook and Instagram reels. Khan’s career started in 2012. It has been a decade that he has been in this profession. After winning Comedy Central, Zakir Khan’s fame was established permanently. He started to gain popularity after winning the award. He deserved all the fame because honestly speaking, since “Haq Se Single” he has been extremely good at his jobs. His stand-up comedies are hilarious and will make you roll on the ground with laughter.
5. Akash Gupta
Known for being the winner of the second season of Comicstaan, Akash Gupta is one such stand-up comedian who will crack a hilarious joke while keeping a straight face. No matter how much you will try to control your laughter, you will laugh after hearing him. Gupta has mainly gained fame after winning in Comicstaan. Currently, he has performed in several shows and also his own YouTube channel, like most other stand-up comedians. He deserves to be kept in the Top 5 when it comes to the list of Best Indian Stand-Up Comedians.
6. Sorabh Pant
Sorabh Pant has been in this profession since 2010. This 41-year-old comedian was also highlighted by the famous news network, The Times Of India, as one of the Top 10 stand-up comedians in India. Born in Mumbai, Sorabh Pant has travelled throughout the country for his shows. He has performed numerous shows and is currently one of the most famous Indian stand-up comedians. He has also released some of his specials which have become famous not only in India but also outside the country. Not only this, Sorabh Pant is also a writer of some of his books.
7. Aditi Mittal
Who said that women are not hilarious? Look at Aditi Mittal and change your opinion. Aditi Mittal is one of the well-known stand-up comedians of India. She is not only a stand-up comedian but is also a writer. She started her career in 2009, and she continues to make her audience laugh. Mittal is also one of the most highly qualified stand-up comedians. She has changed the scenario of stand-up comedies in India, which is an area dominated mostly by men. Aditi Mittal has set a new landmark in the world of stand-up comedies.
8. Aishwarya Mohanraj
Aishwarya Mohanraj became famous after she participated in Comicstaan. She is another female stand-up comedian whom we love. Her hilarious speeches are one of a kind. Although there have been several controversies regarding whether she has humour skills or not, we know that she is one of the best stand-up comedians in India. Haters will always hate, but we should not consider such rumours. You can look up her comedies on your own. Her popularity rose to its peak when she was proposed for marriage by her boyfriend on stage after her performance. They are extremely cute together.
9. Atul Khatri
People say that the older generation cannot come to par with the new one. However, Atul Khatri has broken this stereotype with his talents. He is one of the oldest stand-up comedians in India. Being at the age of 55, he does not fall behind his much younger competitors. He has not only performed in India but also outside the country. Atul Khatri is proficient in his profession. He has been in this profession since 2011. It is since that year that he has been winning the hearts of Indians through his performances.
10. Kunal Kamra
I have mentioned earlier that stand-up comedies mostly surround their jokes with contemporary issues of life. Who else is a better example than Kunal Kamra when it comes to this job? Kunal Kamra is famous for his hilarious speeches on such issues. He makes the audience feel more at home because he makes fun of everyday life. You will be able to relate to the jokes of Kunal Kamra. He has been in this profession for years now. He has been here since 2006. Kunal has a lot of experience, which is visible in his stand-up comedies.
11. Samay Raina
Raina started his career in 2017. His career reached one of its highest points when he was declared the co-winner of Comicstaan season 2. That changed almost everything for him. Besides being a famous stand-up comedian, Samay Raina also gained fame by playing chess. He is intelligent and has a unique sense of humour that is bound to make you laugh. He has over a million subscribers on his YouTube channel and receives incredible numbers of views. Hailing from the Jammu region of Jammu and Kashmir, he is one of the best stand-up comedians that India has produced.
12. Vir Das
An extremely famous stand-up comedian, Vir Das, started his career in 2005. His career took a turn from holding shows in small places in New Delhi to appearing as the host of shows on Zoom TV. He has done commentary in the field of sports and has also appeared in several television shows. Starting from SAB TV to Star Plus, he has made appearances on almost every comedy show. Besides his career as a stand-up comedian, Vir Das is also an actor. He has made his appearance in several Bollywood films.
13. Kenny Sebastian
You will remember him as one of the judges of Comicstaan. Being in this field since 2006, Sebastian attained fame in a unique way. Yes, it was through his stand-up comedies, but he got famous due to another channel on YouTube and not his own. Nevertheless, he is currently one of the most famous comedians in India as of now. He is known for his stand-up comedies not only in India but also outside the country. He has held several shows, which have led to an increase in his popularity to a great extent.
14. Abhishekh Upmanyu
They say people who are extremely witty are either extremely mischievous or hilarious. Abhishekh Upmanyu falls into this category. By qualifications, he is an engineer, but at the same time, he has also made his fame as a stand-up comedian. Having appeared in several shows, Upmanyu has made it to the headlines of several news networks. He is not extremely new in this field, but by comparison with other contemporaries, he is pretty new. He is one of the rising stand-up comedies, and he is in the process of making his fame as one. We are expecting that he will achieve more in the upcoming years.
15. Kanan Gill
Another engineer in the field of stand-up comedians is Kanan Gill. He has been in this profession since 2013. Kanan Gill’s fame rose to its peak when he claimed the award for the Punch Line Bangalore Competition. Besides that, Gill has mainly achieved fame from his YouTube channel. He has released several such episodes of his performances not only on YouTube but also on Amazon Prime Video. Gill has performed in several parts of India, and he has also appeared in some of the well-known television shows.
16. Biswa Kalyan Rath
When we mentioned Kana Gill, you probably guessed that the name Biswa Kalyan Rath would also come up. Rath collaborated with Kanan Gill in one of his YouTube series. He is an amazing stand-up comedian and has also released his specials on Amazon Prime Video. He has been active in the field of stand-up comedies since 2014. Rath is again one of the known faces when it comes to Indian comedy. Besides being a stand-up comedian, he also has a career as a writer. Both Gill and Rath are close buddies, and they have appeared on shows together many times.
17. Sundeep Sharma
Sundeep is a ‘sun’ in real life because of his ability to make people laugh through his stand-up comedies. He is one of the most well-known comedians in the present generation. He is known for making jokes about real-life situations, which are again highly relatable for people.
18. Appurv Gupta
Appurv Gupta has been in the profession of stand-up comedians for a long time now. He performs his comedies not only in Hindi but also in English. Again, he is one of the most highly qualified stand-up comedians that India possesses. He has been present in the field since 2012.
19. Rahul Dua
Again, one of the contestants of Comicstaan, Rahul Dua, is one of the rising stand-up comedians in India. He is extremely good at his job and has already made it to the headlines of the news networks. Is not that amazing? Since his days in Comicstaan, Rahul Dua has been claiming massive fame, and currently, he is one of the most well-known comedians that almost everybody knows. You can find out more about him not only through his YouTube channel but also through his Instagram profile. He is a jovial soul, and we expect that you will like his content.
20. Ravi Gupta
Last but not the least in the list is Ravi Gupta. He is one artist who has drawn his sense of humour from ground-level scenarios. His one famous comedian who surrounds his humour with the everyday issues of life. Gupta is quite refined in his work. When you watch his performances, you will understand that the man has a taste in the field of art as well. He blends art with his comedy quite well. We are expecting that Ravi Gupta will gain more fame in the coming days.
Yes, this list has come to an end, but has it really reached its end? Well, that is not the case. We could not include the other amazing stand-up comedians who are currently shaking the stages, but that does not mean that we are not going to consider them. These comedians include Varun Thakur, Vipul Goyal, Harsh Gujran, Radhika Vas, and many others. To be honest, these stand-up comedians are making this harsh world a little bit bearable because they make us laugh. Not everyone has this unique capability of making people laugh. Therefore, those who can do the job, we should appreciate them.
With that being said, the last note that I would like to include is to support all these stand-up comedians as much as possible.