Five years ago, while I was at a funeral witnessing sombre faces exchanging kind words about my grand-aunt who had passed away, I couldn’t help but think about her life. She lived a prosperous life with her children, grand and great-grandchildren and was blessed with life’s many gifts. I didn’t feel bad for her but could only marvel at the kind of lifespan she had. She was 97.
Right then my brother walks up and makes himself comfortable beside me, whispering into my ears. “Listen to me. When I die, promise me this is not the kind of memorial you’ll give me. Make sure when the funeral is over, you’ll have stand-up comedians come over and have a show because that’s exactly how I’d like people to remember my life.”
Humour is difficult. And especially in tough times, people will almost want to bury you alive if you’ve dared to crack a joke. But always remember that humour is a gift and not everyone can be humorous or witty because being funny is being natural, you cannot push it. If you’re funny enough to make people laugh, then vouch for that quality.
We’re living in a rather baffling time where we’re attending online meetings in our boxers and juggling our work from home schedules by making excel sheets of our home chores. Such is our lives as the four walls of our homes have got the better of us. In a topsy-turvy world of falling governments, public revolts, pandemics, gas explosions, plane crashes and everything ghastly, how could someone be unaffected by all of this?
This is when humour saves the day and proposes a third option- fight, flight or laugh. So choose to laugh because, that’s the best that you can do as laughter brings relief and helps you bond with someone.
In recent times, we’ve all been locked up in our homes with no sign of interaction, to only get a peek into the lives of our locked up friends. In the midst of this, the livelihood of influencers and stand up comedians were questioned but they emerged almost like the angel on top of the Christmas tree- victorious and gleaming.
I can’t help but think of Danish Sait- the once prankster of an RJ who later cosplayed as Nograj, the humble politician. He’s now a popular household name that everyone addresses as Danish, as if the guy dropped over the other day for dinner. From emulating typical Bangalorean conversations around the pandemic to acting out Jaya, the house help whom we all love, Danish Sait is a sigh of relief in these tough times. Now that he has all the time in the world at home, the world can gleefully marvel at his ability to pull off every character so masterfully.
Danish Sait now stars in the film called French Biryani that will leave you astonished at his flawless Urdu dialect. We recently got chatting with him about French Biryani and why people will enjoy it.
We love how most of the influencers and comedians have used the present situation to their advantage and have gotten creative with their videos. From Rahul Subramanian acting out building uncles, Dolly Singh enacting Guddi bhabhi and every day situations and Tanmay Bhat’s hilarious YouTube Vlogs, the digital space is brimming with endless possibilities and the laughter community is getting bigger and better.
As much as it is important for us to be engaged in work at the moment, it’s also crucial for everyone to loosen up a bit. Humour truly persuades one to analyse a situation in a positive way and transpires hope when the going gets tough. It builds resilience and also helps you shift your focus off grim times and confront crisis.
Therefore, humour must be used responsibly- to instruct, to bring about change and to find someone to laugh with.
We now have an active community called STAND UP BRIGADE that encourages stand-up comedians and people interested in good humour to be a part of this community. Join the community to have a good laugh because laughter never hurt someone.