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Why 'Comedy Nights Live' can never be pitted against 'Comedy Nights with Kapil'

Kriti Tulsiani | News18.com

First published: February 1, 2016, 1:57 PM IST | Updated: February 1, 2016
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Why 'Comedy Nights Live' can never be pitted against 'Comedy Nights with Kapil'
While the viewers are open to new shows, new artists, new concepts – all to ensure they get a dedicated slot where they can laugh non-stop, ‘Comedy Nights Live’ came across as a failed recreation of ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’.

Actor Krushna Abhishek's ‘Comedy Nights Live’ that bragged about offering better gaffes and new experience failed to deliver what they had promised. While the viewers are open to new shows, new artists, new concepts – all to ensure they get a dedicated slot where they can laugh non-stop, ‘Comedy Nights Live’ came across as a failed recreation of ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil’.

As any ardent fan of Kapil Sharma’s popular show, I too had mixed feelings as I sat down to watch the first episode of ‘Comedy Nights Live’. Obviously, my expectations were new and I wanted to be surprised. The show opened with Mika Singh crooning ‘Aaj ki party meri taraf se..’ and soon something unexpected happened. Mika replaced Navjot Singh Siddhu with his ultimate swag and asked the guests to say, ‘Thoko taali’ (Siddhu’s favourite dialogue). Sad!

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And then Krushna’s opening act as Pappu Singh was just the preview of what the show had in store for the viewers. “Aakhir mai iss ghar mei aa hi gaya; kisi ka ghar bik gaya aur tumhe dance ki padi hai,” Krushna said as he tried to replace Bittoo Sharma.

As the show progressed, clarifications in the form of japes started pouring in. Like he said, if you find Rs 100 note on the road you don’t ask ‘kiska hai’, you just take it. “Kya humne kuch galat kiya?” Point noted. With Krushna’s digs at Kapil and constant attempt at nagging about show’s TRP, humour took a backseat. Dialogues such as “Superhit show jawan ladki ki tarah hota hai, tumne chhoda doosra pakad hi leta hai” and “Aaj ke show ki TRP aane waali hai, jo log ye ghar chhod ke gaye hai wo sab baithke dekhenge” couldn’t succeed at impressing anyone.

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Next Madhuri Dixit turned up as the first guest of the show. Even as the jokes started flooding in, humour lost its authenticity. And before we could laugh at the any of the jokes made, Krushna/Bharti would make references to Kapil. From his favourite punchline ‘Baba ji ka thullu’ to Bharti roped in as his daughter and Krushna’s remarks such as “Acche log kaha tik paate hai” and “puraana waala” - the show’s first episode was all about Kapil. At one moment, we almost lost the count of the mentions made and actually started missing him.

And then the worst happened. Kapil’s mimicry! Another TRP strategy? Or another jab at Kapil? While that remains to be answered, we definitely know who had the last laugh after watching the show.

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We don’t doubt ‘Comedy Nights Live’ team’s potential but honestly the viewers are bored of this done-to-death idea. Since television is one of the most powerful mediums - why don’t we make a good use of it and give this platform to stand-up comedians who not only have something new to offer but actually do justice to the term ‘comedy’? After all, our country has no dearth of brilliant performers. If given the right platform, all of them would make the right impact.

Here's how twitteratis reacted to this first episode.

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