Laughter challenge

Friday, 28 March 2014 - 7:55am IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna

Making people laugh all the time is not easy, but here are some shows that have managed to tickle the funny bone week after week

Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Just the mention of the this show has its die-hard followers breaking into a smile. The idiosyncracies of Jethalal (Dilip Joshi), the unusual manner in which Dayaben (Disha Vakani) speaks, their little house in Gokuldham society, the everyday problems they face, and their peculiar neighbours have been a source of joy for five years now. Churning out comedy on a daily basis is not a joke but full marks to Taarak Mehta's team for making the world a happy place.

Comedy Nights With Kapil
Kapil Sharma and Co take a bow. The laughter show never fails to tickle the funny bone. Yes, the funny business may have its lows in terms of people quitting the show (Sunil Grover aka Gutthi) or may invite the wrath of some feminists, but Dadi, Palak, Bua and Sushma never fail to raise laughter. Add to it the irreverent celebrity interactions - the biggest of bollywood stars are a target and for once they don't mind - and you are assured a happy weekend.

A madcap comedy, the show has all the characters communicating in a distinctive way. Also, all of them are named after animals. So there's Koyal who conveys everything song-and-dance, Gotak talks in punctuations, Mayuri keeps shaking her head like a peacock and Gadhaprasad, a dumb-head takes everthing that is told to him in a literal way, creating chaos, confusion and of course laughter. When Gangnam style had become a rage, Gadhaprasad evolved his own peculiar dance form Gadha style, which was quite popular!

Comedy Circus
The show is synonymous with Archana Puran Singh uniquely loud laughter! That apart, the show literally lives up to its name of being a comedy circus. With one stand-up comedian teamed with a TV actor, who is mostly trying his or her hand at comedy for the first time, the show has been a laugh-riot since it began a decade ago. The contestants keep changing, but the humour is intact. There are times when the comedy leans towards vulgarity too, but it seems to be working with the audience. And yes, Kapil Sharma was part of this show before he decided to create his own comedy night.

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