UTL and The Think Tank collaborate on stand-up night
‘Don’t Mean to Be Mean’ , a stand-up special featuring Shubhang Yadav, was organized by The Think Tank, known for hosting TEDx Manipal and Manipal-O-Pedia along with UnTied Laces, the brains behind ‘Baba Nights’ at the AC Seminar Hall, Manipal Institude of Technology (MIT), on April 5.
Despite an initial delay, the team managed to take it in their stride, and started the audience off with a few jokes regarding their tardiness before introducing the first act, a musical solo by guitarist Nikhil Babra, followed by a medley of old school Hindi songs from ‘Pehla Nasha’ and ‘Pehli Nazar’ to ‘Tu Jaane Naa’ by singer Mrigakshi Sharma and keyboardist Ananya Roy.Preceding the main performance was a spoken word poem on Manipal, including special odes to Dee Tee and Kamath Circle performed by Reetobaan Datta, a co-founder of Type B Poetry club.
Shubhang Yadav, who recently opened for Sahil Shah and Karunesh Talwar at Revels’17, MIT’s cultural fest, began his set with a few Manipal centric jokes and then went on to gently mock people from Mumbai. He also made a few light-hearted jokes about current events like the election of Yogi Adityanath and the recent Café Coffee Day false molestation case. Ending his routine with a ‘musical style parody’ of popular Hindi songs like Bhaag DK Bose, Kabira and Mein Tenu Samjhavan interspersed with issues like attendance, placements and hostel policies, he performed a rendition of the song, Kaho Na Kaho, which he declared was very special to him.
When asked about his favorite part of the stand-up act, Omkar Pradhan, a second-year MIT student said, “I really liked how he took Bombay’s case. Being from there, I could totally relate to his jokes. I also appreciated how he handled the technical glitches that arose towards the end and the way he combined issues faced by students with popular Hindi songs without changing the overall cadence of the songs.”
When asked about the stand-up culture in Manipal, Shubhang acknowledged while there are many comedians who are willing to learn, there was a serious lack of guidance or well-managed events. “A lot of people performing stand-up here tend to plagiarize content off YouTube videos,” he remarked.
The collaboration between UnTied Laces and Think Tank was conceptualized by Shubhang. With a 30-minute set ready, he was supported by Think Thank, which then collaborated with UnTied Laces and The Sandbox Studios for publicity and ticket sales respectively.
Edited By: Sruti Srinivasan