The stand-up comedy scene is exploding with a series of solo shows being performed in the city. With his viral videos, that most of us could binge watch and the reception for his second solo show #IWasNotReadyDa, one could easily say that S Aravind a.k.a SA is the Thalapathy of the stand-up comedy circle in Chennai. I could say 'Rockstar', but Kollywood.
We can vaguely trace Aravind’s first big exposure among the audience to the ‘Railways’ video, that released four years ago and has over 1 million views now. In his own words, his journey had reached an unexpected high in the last 12 months. His first solo show ‘Madarasi Da’ was performed all over the world for more than 18 months.The expectations were high as Aravind was performing on his home ground nearly after a year. His show was titled #IWasNotReadyDa, the popular catchphrase, often used by him.
You can say that the show was a commercial hit, with three songs. The opening act was performed by Baggy and Alex, who did justice to their job. The introductory song for Aravind, by the two, left the audience in splits, setting the stage for him.
Aravind begins the show by keeping his south Indian identity alive and recalling the reaction for his ‘lungi dance’ video in north India and the media. From there, he goes onto Hindi imposition. He begins his next set with a warning that it is a rant of a ‘30-year-old frustrated single’ man. His comedy can be broken into 10 parts, of which most ended on a predictable note. His personal experience of visiting the strip club and the failed attempts to travel to the UK to watch his favourite football club play, were some of the high notes of the evening. The energy of the show went downhill when he spoke about WhatsApp forwards, Sundar Pitchai and Abdul Kalam. However, he managed to catch the audience off guard in the end.
Apart from the central and state politics that has become the staple diet for the stand-up comics, the one new addition to the list was the condom buying experience of a stand-up comedian.
The faster delivery, which usually helps comedians keep the audience engaged, was an upset in a few places as it didn’t reach, also because of the loud cheer from the audience.