Asia Humour
Laugh Lines
Weird photos from around Asia to tickle your funny bone
Stars pay tribute to late comedy icon Jerry Lewis
In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy
Mediacorp apologises for 'offensive' segment about Najib
Malaysia’s comedy veteran Harith Iskander crowned ‘funniest person in the world’
Bringing laughs to Tohoku: 'Hanaza' traditional comedy venue opens in Sendai
2018-04-02 12:57:22 SENDAI -- The Tohoku region's only permanent comedy show venue "Hanaza" opened its doors at the center of a lively shopping district here on April 1. Katsura Utamaru, the chairman of the Rakugo Geijutsu Kyokai (Geikyo), an organization of comedians practicing the traditional Japanese "rakugo" style of sit-down comedy, was named the honorary head of Hanaza. In celebration of the opening, Geikyo vice-chairman Sanyutei Koyuza, popular comedy duo "Knights" (Nobuyuki Hanawa and Nobuyuki Tsuchiya) and others made their way around the district in rickshaws, surprising Sendai residents and visitors who had come to shop   Read More ...
Fundraiser comedy show for SPASTN
2018-03-10 12:43:42 The Madras Round Table 1 (MRT 1) is organising a fundraiser comedy show – Chennai Laughs 2018 — to help The Spastics Society of Tamil Nadu (SPASTN) build a therapeutic activity hall. The event will be held at ITC Grand Chola Hotel on March 17. The show will feature renowned stand-up comedians such as Kanan Gill, Jonathan Atherton, Karthik Iyer, Saurabh Pant and Sundeep Rao, India’s only partially blind comic   Read More ...
Laughing at yourself may be good for mental well-being
2018-02-11 14:13:53 People who frequently crack jokes about themselves to gain approval of others have greater levels of psychological well-being, a study has found. The findings, published in the journal Personality and Individual Differences, contradict some of the research carried out to date in the psychology of humour. Up until now, a significant deal of the research literature has suggested that self-defeating humour is exclusively associated with negative psychological effects among individuals who regularly employ this style of humour   Read More ...
When techies code jokes in Kannada
2018-02-09 03:16:00 The infamous traffic jams at Bengaluru’s Silk Board junction typically yield only rising tempers and frustrated honking. Of late, they have been a source of inspiration and comic material for IT professionals trying to enliven their lives of code-heavy monotony by performing stand-up comedy. A group of six IT professionals, tired of the traffic, their desk jobs, and cries “Kannad gotilla” (“Do not know Kannada”), have decided to incorporate the dreary elements of their nondescript lives into ‘LOLbagh,’ a stand-up venture in Kannada that has struck a chord with hundreds of Bengalureans   Read More ...
Stump mic reveals MS Dhoni’s funny sense of humour, watch video
2018-02-04 10:11:07 MS Dhoni’s contribution to the Indian cricket team is not just with the bat and the gloves but also with the invaluable advice he keeps giving to bowlers from behind the wickets. His inputs from behind the stumps are not only helpful for the men in blue but sometimes quite entertaining for fans and audience watching it on television. Among the several YouTube compilations of his talks, another one has been added to the ever going list   Read More ...
Budget 2018: These Tweets Will Make You Laugh, Even If You Don't Get The Budget
2018-02-01 12:14:00 New Delhi: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley today presented his last full budget before next year's general elections. While pundits are still evaluating their verdict on the 2018 Union Budget, Twitter's real-time and instant feedback on the Budget is in, accompanied with wit and dry humour. While the Finance Minister announced a slew of new measures, it was the status quo in individual income tax rates that saw the most chatter among the keyboard warriors of Twitter   Read More ...
LoL! these funny tweets on Budget 2018 will make you laugh until you cry
2018-02-01 09:09:16 New Delhi: On Thursday, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley presented Union Budget 2018. This is Arun Jaitley's fifth budget, with this, he enters the elite group of Finance Ministers who have had the opportunity to present Union Budget over 5 times. He started his presentation with a viewpoint on the economy. "4 years we pledged to give an honest, clean and transparent government, We promised to build a strong and confident India   Read More ...
The cost of comedy
2018-01-27 01:55:31 (By Kunal Kamra) A few months ago at an airport, an old gentleman walked up to me and said, “Beta aap ki problem kya hai? Aap kyun prime minister ka mazaak udaate ho Twitter pe?” To which I responded with that old standard line: “Uncle, main toh joke maarta hu, stand-up comedian hu”. What he asked me next left me confused and irritated but also made me laugh: “Ghar pe sab theek hai? Agar haan, toh problem kya hai?” The India we live in, this 2018 version that just celebrated its 69th Republic Day, can be summed up in that one line: “Ghar pe sab theek hai toh problem kya hai?” As people struggle to find a roof, two meals a day, health facilities and education, airport uncle suggests I stop cribbing because “mere ghar pe sab theek hai”   Read More ...
‘I don’t mind being the funny guy forever’
2018-01-10 17:21:22 If you’ve grown up in the 90s, you are bound to remember him as the boy from the hit TV serial Just Mohabbat. Kunaal Roy Kapur was also the one with the notorious Delhi belly in 2011’s risqué comedy of the same title. He will be seen in another black comedy releasing this year – Akshat Verma’s Kaalakandi. In between, Roy Kapur has acted in films like Nautanki Sala, Loins of Punjab and directed the mockumentary The President Is Coming   Read More ...
Harith Iskander and Kavin Jay have own Netflix comedy specials
2018-01-10 10:00:44 MALAYSIAN comedians Harith Iskander and Kavin Jay will have their own comedy show on Netflix. Their comedy specials will premiere on Netflix around the world. Harith's "I Told You So" will be released on on Jan 19 while Kavin Jay's "" is on Feb 2. Watch Harith's trailer here :   Read More ...
Netflix to launch first Southeast Asian comedy show featuring Harith Iskandar
2018-01-06 07:01:51 KUALA LUMPUR: Netflix, the world's leading online entertainment company will launch its first Southeast Asian comedy show featuring famous Malaysian comedian Harith Iskandar on Jan 19.   Read More ...
2017 Rewind: Getting hard to laugh out hard!
2017-12-31 14:35:23 The year 2016 was brilliant for Stand-Up Comedy across the world. Flashback November 8, 2016, you thought India fired an unbeatable salvo with its best joke till date – demonetisation. What could have bettered that? It was just a matter of few hours before America Trumped us when a democracy boasting of the Statute of Liberty voted like the Statue of Puberty! That eighth day of November 2016 was a perfect segue to 2017 – promising an exciting time for stand-up comedy in India and the world   Read More ...
‘Laughter best-suited for these stressful times’
2017-12-25 04:08:09 Comedian Vaiyapuri and professor and actor G. Gnanasambandam kept the audience in splits at the 27th anniversary celebration of Madurai’s Humour Club at Meenakshi Mission Hospital and Research Centre here on Sunday. There were discussions on laughter in everyday life. About 20 children performed skits and awards were distributed to upcoming comedians. Mr. Vaiyapuri said, “In these stressful times, it is pertinent to laugh whenever we can   Read More ...
Too Funny to Fail | 'Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai' and 'Khichdi' to merge as one show
2017-12-23 23:07:39 Two popular comedy shows, two funny families on telly who have made us laugh with their antics - Sarabhai Vs Sarabhai and Khichdi are all set to come together. Yes! According to Mumbai Mirror report, an entertainment channel is going to merge the two shows for upcoming season of Khichdi. Now Hansa ben and Prafful Kumar's craziness is going to be a notch higher with Roshesh Sarabhai and Maya Sarabhai giving them company now   Read More ...
Laugh your lungs out
2017-12-21 12:24:38 Watching is like reading a comic filled with action packed scenes that tickle the funny bone. “I wanted to make a thorough entertainer and not another comedy movie. It required a fresh approach,” says debutant Abbas Akbar, who wielded the megaphone for the movie. The film is about a young filmmaker who visits Singapore in pursuit of greener pastures. He loses his passport and accidentally meets a cinematographer and befriends him   Read More ...
Laugh Lines
2017-12-20 20:22:46 The popular image of the artist as a self-important blowhard, spouting incomprehensible theory and politics, is an ill-deserved one. It turns out that, while stand-up comics and humour writers have wrung much mirth out of the absurdities of daily life, artists are not far behind. To understand, all one needs to do is walk into “Sub-Plots: Laughing in Vernacular”, a group exhibition at the National Gallery of Modern Art in Mumbai   Read More ...
Seinfeld: My comedy career started on Kibbutz Sa'ar
2017-12-17 12:42:59 Turns out, the illustrious career of comedian, actor and writer Jerry Seinfeld was born in the banana leaf fields of an Israeli kibbutz.In a series of interviews with Hebrew media that were published over the weekend, Seinfeld discussed his connection to the Jewish state, his first visit there and his opinions on politics and the #metoo movement. Be the first to know - Join our Facebook page   Read More ...
The consummation of cool is a funny business for comedian Ike Nwala
2017-11-29 16:14:26 Turn on the TV in Japan and you’re likely to see a black face from time to time. Rarely will it be in a drama, but on game shows, variety and comedy shows, even some commercials. I wouldn’t say we’re commonplace, but we’re out there. And, honestly, I used to dread every instance. Still do, actually, but for different reasons. Previously, the dread was caused by the anticipation of some cringe-worthy displays — antics that, while presumably entertaining to Japanese audiences, to me were little more than otherization for comical purposes   Read More ...
The consummation of cool is a funny business
2017-11-29 09:08:38 Turn on the TV in Japan and you’re likely to see a black face from time to time. Rarely will it be in a drama, but on game shows, variety and comedy shows, even some commercials. I wouldn’t say we’re commonplace, but we’re out there. And, honestly, I used to dread every instance. Still do, actually, but for different reasons. Previously, the dread was caused by the anticipation of some cringe-worthy displays — antics that, while presumably entertaining to Japanese audiences, to me were little more than otherization for comical purposes   Read More ...
Anuvab Pal Stand Up Comedy On Being A Bengali : Rising Above Stereotypes | India Today Conclave East
2017-11-26 12:16:51 Watch popular stand-up comedian Anuvab Pal taking jibes at Bengalis and their culture, during a session at India Today Conclave East 2017. The comedian went on to make fun of the quintessential Bengali attitude, work ethics and their conceited intellectual selves. ___ About Channel: India Today TV is India's leading English News Channel. India Today YouTube channel offers latest news videos on Politics, Business, Cricket, Bollywood, Lifestyle, Auto, Technology, Travel, Entertainment and a lot more. Stay tuned for latest updates and in-depth analysis of News from India and around the World! ___ Subscribe To India Today : _ Follow us:   Read More ...
‘Stand up comedy night’ for the differently abled
2017-11-17 18:23:20 Over 40 differently abled students from Akash School giggled and laughed as members of Kalaikoodam, a group of entertainers, mimicked popular actors and sang songs during the ‘Stand up comedy night’ at M.S. Chellamuthu Trust here on Friday. The event was organised by Madurai City Round Table-99 and Ladies Circle India- 60 in association with M.S. Chellamuthu Trust as part of the Round Table India Week   Read More ...
LOL all the way
2017-11-16 11:14:52 When Angad Singh Ranyal performed recently in Hyderabad (“The audience is great as they still laugh on biryani jokes”) as part of the Black Dog Easy Evenings, the crowd had a happy LOLtime. A day before this show, Angad had performed in Visakhapatnam and left the audience in splits. During a break, he notes that he can comment on 10,000 different topics but never want to get into the religion zone   Read More ...
Top comedians from AIB in Dubai
2017-11-13 12:25:03 Comedians Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya, who are a part of the AIB comedy group, will perform in Dubai at a 90-minute show on November 24 at Ductac as a part of Laugh-a-thonX series. They will be joined by comedian Kunal Kamra, known for his quirky political commentary. While the AIB comedians are performing after a sabbatical from stand-up comedy for two years, this will be Kamra’s first show in Dubai   Read More ...
Get a Laugh
2017-09-29 22:14:41 In the comedy circuit, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia is popularly known as Salman Khan of the fat world. The Gurugram-based stand-up comic quit his lucrative corporate job of 16 years to make people laugh by cracking jokes inspired from his life as a 40-year-old divorced, short and overweight man, and his failed attempts to please his over-optimistic mother, who can’t wait to see him married   Read More ...
Watch: Afridi's Joke At An Event Has Indian Fans Laughing
2017-09-27 12:18:22 Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi ranks among the most popular cricketers in the world. The maverick all-rounder enjoys a huge fan following mainly because of the entertainment he guarantees on a cricket field. In the early part of his career, Afridi captured the public imagination with his explosive batting. He set and shattered several records batting as an opener, at the time the most destructive in the world   Read More ...
Weird photos from around Asia to tickle your funny bone
2017-09-13 14:01:38 As the world's largest and most populated continent, you can bet that lots of strange things happen in Asia all the time. These photos compiled by AcidCow are perfect proof of that. Need a laugh or something to get you through the week? Simply browse the gallery above.   Read More ...
Mumbaikars Bring Their A-Game To Twitter With Jokes On #MumbaiRains
2017-08-29 10:33:53 It has been pouring incessantly in Mumbai since early morning today. Even as traffic woes have worsened, trains have been delayed and waist-deep water has filled many parts of the maximum city, Mumbai residents haven't lost their sense of humour. While most people on social media advised others to stay in and stay safe, some tweeted the funniest jokes in just 140 characters   Read More ...
Beijing Comedy Week to bring laughter to the capital
2017-08-25 04:30:23 Beijing Comedy Week, hosted by the Beijing Federation of Literary and Art Circles, is set to kick off on September 13, the federation announced Wednesday. More than 60 performances will be staged over 12 days by troupes from home and abroad. In the opening performance of the festival, the Art Troupe of Chinese Armed Police will tell a story about armed police living and working in remote boarder areas   Read More ...
Stars pay tribute to late comedy icon Jerry Lewis
2017-08-21 02:11:57 WASHINGTON: The death of comedy legend Jerry Lewis on Sunday prompted an outpouring of tributes from fellow comedians, actors and others in the entertainment world. Here are reactions from some notable personalities: “That fool was no dummy. Jerry Lewis was an undeniable genius an unfathomable blessing, comedy’s absolute! I am because he was! ;^D” he wrote on Twitter. “I realise I may be late with all this but all know is, losing Dick Gregory & Jerry Lewis is a gain 4 heaven, but a big loss for comedy,” she tweeted   Read More ...
The doctor recommends a good laugh
2017-08-10 14:02:09 When the MIT Technology Review, a 117-year-old publication, lists a Bengaluru-based doctor-inventor in its ‘35 innovators under 35’ list, which category would you expect it to slot him in? ‘Innovator’? ‘Entrepreneur’? Dr Jagdish Chaturvedi was termed a ‘Humanitarian’, in an article that spoke not only of his innovative imaging device, but also of his love of comedy. “It’s how I de-stress,” Chaturvedi was quoted by the 2016 article as saying, “But I also find comedy helps me sharpen my observation skills   Read More ...
Live a hundred years, laughing all the way
2017-08-05 21:03:00 I don't know if the ones who are overweight and have a sense of humour necessarily live long, but I have seen many who are just not bothered about their physical size creating ripples of laughter all around, wherever they are. A few of this type are in my close circle. When asked about their health, “perfect” comes the reply — followed by a "but"   Read More ...
Syrian comedy troupe's brand of satire fails to amuse Assad government
2017-07-30 14:05:09 Every time he gets the chance, Ayham Hilal, an Internet cafe proprietor in the Syrian city of Saraqeb, squeezes into a small community center with about 200 fellow theatergoers and loses himself in a comedy show. The sketches are productions of an all-volunteer performance troupe known as the Saraqeb Youth Group, which has been bringing its brand of satirical theater to the small city east of Idlib through the most brutal chapters of the country’s civil war   Read More ...
Rage, in her name: Maya Krishna Rao, the face of protest theatre also wants to make audience laugh
2017-07-22 22:08:12 Maya Krishna Rao can command a crowd as easily as she fills auditoriums with her solo performances. She has a reputation for not mincing her words and suffering no fools. Yet, the theatre actor says, all she wants is to make people laugh. “I want to go on a protest stage and do comedy. The forces on the opposite side are so exhausting that, as an artist, the least I could do is help keep our sense of humour alive,” she says   Read More ...
In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy
2017-07-19 10:01:00 BANGKOK: Dissent has been muted by Thailand's ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humour. With political activity banned, internet censorship in force and activists and dissidents detained or summoned for "attitude adjustment", public discontent is being manifested in widely shared cartoons, internet memes, and parody music videos. "Thais are becoming more open to what critics and humorists are saying about the junta and the military government," political satirist Winyu "John" Wongsurawat told Reuters   Read More ...
In junta-ruled Thailand, critics turn to comedy
2017-07-19 09:40:36 BANGKOK (Reuters) - Dissent has been muted by Thailand's ruling generals since a 2014 coup. But there is one area where critical voices still have some space: humor. With political activity banned, internet censorship in force and activists and dissidents detained or summoned for "attitude adjustment", public discontent is being manifested in widely shared cartoons, internet memes, and parody music videos   Read More ...
The ‘V’ talk
2017-07-18 18:32:12 Noida’s DLF Mall of India in collaboration with Canvas Laugh Club has successfully raised the bar of humour with their Comedy Pop-up in the mall – LOL Comedy Evenings. A novel idea, the pop-up seeks to entertain the audience while they shop and also break the geographical barrier by bringing the artistes to them. The month long event brings on stage renowned names from India’s comedy circles – Anirban Dasgupta, Neeti Palta, and Aditi Mittal among others   Read More ...
Bring your brains along
2017-07-17 13:03:15 “I have no idea of what to say in interviews; that is why I keep avoiding them till four people coax me to do it,” confesses Kunal Kamra. The Mumbai-based stand-up comedian’s show ‘Fresh Thoughts by Kunal Kamra’ was held in the city. “Indian stand-up comedy is opposite of that happens in Bollywood. A Bollywood comedy says ‘Keep your brains and come’ but for an Indian stand-up show, please bring your brains along and keep your jingoistic sentiment at home,” he states   Read More ...
Grace, comedy and black humor(1/8)
2017-07-16 05:30:20 Cross-gender performance of Swan Lake.(Photo by Li Sanxian/China Daily) An all-male ballet troupe recently performed in Beijing. The show, Men in Tutus, was staged at the Beijing Exhibition Theater. In the dressing room, the boys put on their fake eyelashes, their dance skirts and toe shoes with skill and grace. And, as they appear on stage as four little swans, the audience erupts with laughter   Read More ...
Laughing through adversity, bedridden comic Asodog finds the humor in his disability
2017-07-14 09:04:08 The thought of living with a degenerative neuromuscular disorder would not occur to most people as a laughing matter. But in the case of Asodog, who claims to be Japan’s first and only “bedridden” comic, getting audiences to laugh at his expense is precisely the point. In one bit, the 38-year-old, who lies upright on a wheelchair stretcher, has a gag written on a page of a flip paper storyboard near his dangling feet that reads: “Bedridden   Read More ...
Comedy Group AIB In Trouble Over PM Modi Post, Now Deleted
2017-07-13 16:36:24 Comedy group AIB, known for its provocative humour, today deleted a post on Prime Minister Narendra Modi after being roasted on Twitter. The Mumbai police tweeted that the post would be forwarded to the cyber cell for investigation. The group posted an image of PM Modi's lookalike at a railway station along with a photo of the Prime Minister with a Snapchat dog filter, captioned #wanderlust   Read More ...