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Quick and clever comedy: Abhishek Upmanyu in Manipal

Manipal: Popular stand-up comedian Abhishek Upmanyu performed at an event organized by the Comedy Club Manipal (CCM) and the Las Vegas Comedy club at Darbar Hall, Country Inn & Suites by Carlson at Manipal on October 17.

The comedian had two separate performances lined up for the night, at 6.30pm and at 8.30pm. The first show began late due to Upmanyu’s flight arriving an hour later than scheduled.

“Of course, we had to wait a lot and it was really irritating for us but the moment Abhishek took the stage, the irritation melted into laughter,” said Ahona Saha, a member of the audience.

There was a large turnout for both shows. The comedian kept his performance interactive and clean. He shared his experiences from when he shifted to Mumbai from Delhi, describing the differences between the people of the two cities. He also went on to lightheartedly mock various aspects of Indian life, such as the popularity of crime patrol, and the heavy importance placed on ‘respecting elders’.

An audience member cracks up. || Photograph courtesy: Rrishika Kakoty

Despite the delayed beginning, the organizers tried to keep things on track and run the show smoothly with their management. “The show left us laughing from beginning to the end, however, the mic was not that clear and so there was a lot of echoes and we could not hear some jokes properly,” said Divya Hegde, another member of the audience.

“The show went very smoothly for the audience as well as for the organizers. We had our volunteers, strategic locations and ticket counter very effective to handle the expected crowd. We had planned how to get out and in people efficiently,” said Kartik Sadvij, founder of the Comedy Club Manipal and one of the producers of the event.

Edited by Sruti Srinivasan

Featured image courtesy: Aditya Mathur

Uzma Imran

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