We have seen women in all fields changing the game for the better and the comedy club is no stranger to that!
The Indian comedy scene is evolving every day and with that, the female monarchy of the comedy world is also expanding. It all began when actresses like Tun-Tun, Guddi Maruti, and Juhi Chawla showed the world that with women, the comedy scene can turn into a comedy haven. This prelude of the talents of women comedians became a gift to the viewers which is being cherished ever since then. Bharti Singh is another such name that created a stir on Indian television and became a household name. Now the females have taken it upon themselves to bring a revolution to the comedy world for the generations to come and we’re here for it!
We have made a list of the Queens of comedy who work harder than anyone and make the impossible possible. In other words, they are just unstoppable! So turn on the spotlight for some of the most brilliant, brave, funniest, strong, and talented women in the Indian comedy club because they deserve nothing than the best-
Sumukhi Suresh is one of the most versatile female comedians in India and is a popular face in various web comedy sketches. She rose to fame after portraying the character of an NGO employee, ‘Sumukhi Chawla’, in India’s first mockumentary-style series, Better Life Foundation. Sumukhi hosted the first season of Comicstaan and was a judge for the second season. She is famous for writing and acting in many comedy sketches, starring in movies, and creating viral videos on YouTube. She has also created the semi-autobiographical, Amazon Prime series, Pushpavalli. Hindustan Times referred to Sumukhi Suresh as “India’s Tina Fey” and we can’t deny the resemblance.
Fun Fact- Sumukhi Suresh has a special place in her heart for ice-creams and is a die-hard foodie. Before taking up comedy full time, she worked at a food lab and also ran a bakery.
Urooj Ashfaq is a young comedian and is one of the most sought-after young talents among the new generation. She found her first claim to fame through the TLC show, Queens of Comedy, where she was one of the finalists and a comedy force to reckon with. She has also worked on numerous projects as a comedy writer and put her best wits to use in both fiction & non-fiction formats (Better Life Foundation, Die Trying). She has also acted in multiple comedy properties (AIB’s If Apps were people, When some is sick sketches). She is famous for her effortless and crisp comedy. Known for her hilarious punchlines and jokes on the entertainment industry, she is one of the most popular youth-centric comedians. We bet you’ll become a fan after watching just one of her many shows.
Fun Fact- Urooj Ashfaq is also an actress as she played ‘Tara’ in the Amazon Prime Video Series, “Pushpavalli”
There is a big list of Aditi Mittal’s achievements and it’s almost never-ending. She is one of the first female stand-up comedians in India who has been rated amongst ‘India’s top 10 stand-up Comedians’ by The Times of India and is also featured in CNN-IBN as ‘Top 30 witty, intelligent and incredibly funny Indian women to follow on Twitter’. In 2009, she was one of the first 5 Indians to be featured in an Indians-only stand-up show called Local Heroes, organized by the U.K based ‘The Comedy Store’. Today, she is a regular at Canvas Laugh Factory, Comedy Store Mumbai & has performed at many humor festivals across the country, at clubs in the UK & at Laugh Factory, Los Angeles. In 2013, Mittal was invited by the BBC for the prestigious 100 Women conference in London. She has also been featured in the American documentary, Stand-Up Planet, along with American & South African comics. She was one of the founding members of the Ghanta Awards & the Filmfail Awards, two of the biggest parody award shows in India. As we said, this is just the beginning, her growth as a comedian has no break to it and we are only cheering for her being her true fans.
Fun Fact- Aditi Mittal has a knack to astonish you with the number of hobbies and talents she has. Apart from her love for comedy, she is also a fitness enthusiast, and if you can’t find her on the stage, you might find her in the gym.
You’re literally missing out on a lot of good laughs and fun if you haven’t heard of Aishwarya Mohanraj. She is a trending YouTube star and a budding stand-up comedian and writer from Mumbai. Aishwarya was one of the top 10 contestants in Comicstaan and since then she has written for shows like Son of Abish, Behti Naak, and On Air with AIB. She has performed in various comedy venues such as Canvas Laugh Club and NCPA. Also, she can recite the alphabet backward. She is one of the most trending stand-up comedians who is well known for her straight-faced humour which guarantees a rib-tickling experience and sarcasm is her USP.
Fun Fact- Aishwarya is not only an exceptional stand-up comedian but also a great singer. She often sings with her father on her social media platforms.
There’s nothing that Anuradha Menon cannot do. She is an Indian stand-up comedian, best known for her alter ego ‘Lola Kutty’ as a VJ on Channel V. She opened the show for internationally acclaimed comedians, Brad Sherwood and Colin Mochrie, of ‘Whose Line Is It Anyway’ fame during their India tour. She has performed at many live events and also co-written a two-woman sketch comedy show called ‘Rinse Cycle’. She is also an established theatre actor and has performed in India and internationally. The play, ‘A Personal War’, in which she had a critical role, won an award at the prestigious Edinburgh Festival. Trailblazer for the Indian stand-up comedy scene, she is a veteran in the comedy space and extremely popular with the young as well as the corporate crowd. Believe us, it’s a treat to watch her performance, especially when it’s live.
Fun Fact- She is a South Indian comedian who practically is from a generation where stand-up comedy was not really a trend. Now that her hilarious character has packed up, she has gone from Lola Kutty to ExLola Kutty on her socials.
Kaneez Surka is a South African actress, comedian, and Indian YouTuber, who works mainly in India. After attending Rhodes University, where she obtained a Bachelor of Arts in law and psychology, she started her career with the show The Week That Wasn’t. She was a judge on the two seasons of the famous show Comicstaan on Amazon Prime. She is known for her improvisational comedy style. Born into a Muslim family, Kaneez is ethnically a Gujarati who has created her own niche in the world of comedy and is a known face on the Indian comedy circuit.
Fun Fact- Before becoming one of the greatest comedians in India, Kannez Surka started her career in India as an actor in the Kareena Kapoor and Akshay Kumar starrer, Dosti: Friends Forever.
Neeti Palta is one of the very few female stand-up comedians in India who brings a female perspective on a variety of daily life situations and relatable subjects, all with a dose of rib-tickling humor!. She started her career with an advertisement company, where she worked for almost 12 years. She was voted as the ‘Best Stand-Up Comic’ at the Oz Fest and was India’s first stand-up artist to perform at the prestigious Melbourne Comedy Festival 2013. She has performed for an audience of 30+ nations at the invitation of the former Under-Secretary-General of the UN, Dr. Shashi Tharoor. She was also featured at TEDx in 2011. When it comes to Neeti Palta, the list of her achievements is endless. Her punchlines mostly cater to a wider issue on a variety of subjects inspired by her own experiences like the life of women in India.
Fun Fact- Neeti Palta is a big dog lover and she also owns two cute dogs named Socks and Punch. You can head over to her social media as it’s filled with pictures of her dogs.
Prashasti Singh is another such name who is leaving all of us in awe with her talents. After completing her MBA, she started her career in the corporate sector, later making her debut with season 1 of Comicstaan, and she hasn’t looked back since then. She tours various cities of India to perform her acts. She basically got up late in life and decided to tick stand-up comedy out of her bucket list. Now she’d rather be funny than rich and we’ll just say, we’re elated with her choices.
Fun Fact- Before becoming a stand-up comedian, she was a very studious girl who finished her MBA from IIM Lucknow and went on to work in big companies. She also worked in StarTv as a category head. She’s basically an all-rounder.
Bharti Singh is one of the most well-known faces in the comedy industry today. She was the second runner-up of the fourth season of the TV reality series, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge on STAR One. In 2011 she performed in shows like Jubilee Comedy Circus, Comedy Circus Ke Taansen, and Comedy Circus Ka Naya Daur on Sony TV. She also co-hosted the show ‘Comedy Nights Bachao’ and ‘India’s Got Talent’ (2014 & 2016), on Colors TV. She has also participated in the TV dance reality show, ‘Jhalak Dikhla Jaa’ in 2012 on Colors TV and ‘Nach Baliye’ in 2017 on Star Plus. In 2012, she won the award for ‘Best Actress-Comedy’ at the Indian Television Academy Awards. She has performed stand-up comedy at numerous live events, including prestigious events like the Filmfare and IIFA Awards. She is one of the most prolific female comedians in India, famous for her way of narration and known for her confident and bold comedy style. You can’t be a television fanatic without being a fan of Bharti Singh.
Fun Fact- Now we bet this is something you don’t know. Not only Bharti Singh is a great actress, comedian, or mother. She is also a gold medalist in Archery and Pistol Shooting.
When it comes to the queens of the comedy world, Mallika Dua is one of the names, that is killing it right now. She’s an actor, and comedian who shot to fame with her online content featuring satirical comedy, caricatures, and her irreverent wit. She is known for the characters she creates across Instagram and Youtube. She has headlined successful shows like The Trip, Midnight Misadventures with Mallika Dua, Fake or not, The Office across OTT platforms and has been part of movies like Indoo ki Jawani, Namaste England, Hindi Medium, Zero, etc. She has a huge following on her youtube channel & Instagram. Her observational comedy is quite fresh and she also brings a great deal of customization to corporate shows. Not only cute, but she has all the skills to make you shake with laughter.
Fun Fact- Mallika Dua is a true artist in every sense. You might have seen her as an actress or a comedian but she also loves all things pretty. She is a true fan of art, decoration, and everything colourful and that reflects on her home decor Instagram page.
Sugandha who is one of the most famous comedians on Indian television was recognized as a promising comedian after she participated and became a deserving finalist on the TV show ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’ on STAR One. She has also been a part of ‘Comedy Circus Ke Tansen’, ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’ and ‘The Kapil Sharma Show’ showcasing her comic and mimicry skills. She has acted in and hosted many TV shows. Known for brilliant mimicry and innovative comic sketches of many celebrities, especially Lata Mangeshkar, apart from being a comedian she has the talent of a voice-over artist as well. Our queen is just too phenomenal.
Fun Fact- She is a trained singer and was a finalist on the TV reality show ‘Sa Re Ga Ma Pa Singing Superstar’ on Zee TV. She has sung in the Bollywood film ‘Kamaal Dhamaal Maalamaal’ in 2012. How too good to be true!
Best known for her fictional character, ‘Billie Maasi’, Kusha Kapila is a sensation on social media. Once an aspiring journalist, Kusha rose to fame from the writing desk at iDiva and now is a relevant force in the country’s pop culture scene. Kusha has been a part of many web series including Karan Johar’s Ghost Stories on Netflix.
Prajakta Kohli (Mostlysane)
If you’re a YouTube enthusiast, you must have seen Prajakta Kohli, and if you have, you must be a fan. She is one of the leading Indian YouTubers and it is no stretch that she is absolutely brilliant at what she does. Best known for her channel Mostly Sane, she makes comedy videos that can keep you laughing for hours. She has also collaborated with some of the biggest stars like Hritik Roshan, Kajol, Kareena Kapoor Khan, and Nawazuddin Siddiqui. She has also been part of many social initiatives and was appointed the Youth Climate Champion by UNDP India. The list of her achievements is just never-ending.
Shraddha Jain (Aiyyoshraddha)
The internet sensation has been regularly posting videos that she shoots in five languages, Kannada, Hindi, English, Marathi, and Tulu. She has posted videos on the conversations between resident associations, stress of online classes for teachers, and common complaints from frustrated employees in the lockdown. After posting a hilarious video in 2016, which caught the attention of Viacom18’s Colors Kannada, she was brought to a dance reality show and later to work as a creative director for a range of comedy shows and reality competitions. She was also seen playing the role of Vasu in the famous comedy-drama series Pushpavalli. There is no doubt that Aiyyoshraddha is an entertainer to the core and a treat to watch.
Niharika NM is a prominent Indian YouTube comedian who created her own YouTube channel in December 2015, her debut video was “Girls in public Vs Girls alone”, which brought her immense fame. She is widely known for her humorous “Types” video series covering everything from “Types of People at College” to “Types of Students Before an Exam”. Her variety of random vlogs has earned her recognition and more than 230,000 subscribers. She is best known for her sarcastic appearances and observational comedy. If you want to laugh until you cry, she is the one you should watch.
The women in India are killing it and so are these Queens of the comedy club. Their successful careers are proof that women can perfect any field if they put their mind to it. These women are pushing boundaries with their witty punchlines and funny jokes and while they flawlessly dominate every field we can think of, we have decided to become their biggest cheerleaders!
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