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Women in the funny business

The winner of the popular TLC program Queens of Comedy, Niveditha Prakasam will star alongside Biswa Kalyan Rath, in what promises to be a laughter riot after the exam season called LOLStars on March 26

10th March 2019, 03:01 Hrs

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Female comedians stand up for feminism was a trending hashtag on twitter recently. “Whatever the format, it seems clear comedy is having a moment in India” officials at Amazon prime claim. Comedians and comedy producers across the country are riding this apparent boom and laughing their way to the bank, with numerous big money deals on Netflix, Hotstar, Amazon Prime to match large sold out events in the live space. LVC’s own comedian and chief, Warren Viegas, recently featured in the Business Insider and Richest 30 Under 30 list.  

But is this comedy business leaving the ladies behind? Stand-up veteran Neeti Palta jokes that Indian men don’t like her because she has that smell about her that puts them off: confidence. Palta claims that, “Indian women are are told to be demure, modest, quiet, and to make ourselves as attractive as possible. Stand-up comedy, on the other hand, rewards big, brash, vulgar personalities. It rewards women being honest and tackling previously taboo subjects.”

When questioned about women in comedy, Viegas claims, “Comedy worldwide can feel like a boys club, one hundred percent. But I believe that tide is shifting with specials like Hannah Gadsdy’s Nannette on Netflix getting worldwide critical acclaim. Also #Metoo controversies involving comedy’s dethroned King Louis C.K will definitely influence comedy in the coming decades. Personally, LVC as a company strives to make it a conducive environment for female employees and artists. We’ve been fortunate to work with Aditi Mittal, Urooj Ashfaq, Sumaira Shaikh, Kaneez Surka among others. 

The winner of the popular TLC program Queens of Comedy, Niveditha Prakasam will star alongside Biswa Kalyan Rath, in what promises to be a laughter riot after the exam season called LOLStars. Women in Comedy are redefining what it means to be “an Indian woman” with their fearless observational comedy. The LOLStars show is on Tuesday, March 26 and tickets are available at Champs Sports Store (Panaji) and Insider.in. 

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