Chennaiites grabbed the venue one by one to jab fun at the world — and
themselves — presenting a heckling, cackling spectators to an art form broadly
mysterious in the contemporary yet conformist kingdom: stand-up comedy.
Chortles and shrieks ran through the crowd when Kenny Sebastian stepped to the
platform. Kenneth Sebastian popularly known as Kenny, a man of numerous flairs,
from music, theatre to stand-up comedy captured the hearts of the people in
Chennai during his last visit. His droll takes on social customs have charmed
the crowds. A graduate from an arts school, he established a liking towards
filmmaking at a young age and then shifted to music and comedy.
Kenneth Sebastian has tried his hand at quite a lot of things he is
fervent about. Kenny developed his skills in all the fields he was interested
in and moulded what he liked the most, stand-up comedy. A glance on his YouTube
channel will definitely make you his huge fan. His simply relatable jokes can
narrate his amazing journey. “Comedy sensed the most ordinary and most
satisfying, I never thought that I could make a living out of this and be
independent,” said Kenny.
Having accomplished over 500 shows within five years, having released
India’s first sci-fi comedy web series, taking credits for the whole show
‘Comedy Central’, Kenneth has set his foot to bring a new face to Indian
Comedy. Over much of the past decade, comedians have profited from an audience
looking for laughs to make nous of a progressively multifaceted world. “Today,
there are comedians all over the world in different languages, but to hook the
audience with wit and at the same time, throwing light to socially relevant
scenarios is difficult,” said Kenny. From a defence upbringing, Kenny spent his
young age mostly in shifting cities until his family settled down in Bengaluru.
His comedic orientations turn the tritest of everyday events into the funniest.
“Comedians need to keep pace with the changes happening around and the
differing audience tastes,” said the young comedian. And, he’s accompanied with a guitar which
makes for an overwhelming evidence of his multiple talents. Kenny Sebastian is
one of the leading comedians that India owns today. “The adrenaline rush that
happens to me when I see my audience makes me perform well on the stage,” said
Asked about his recent performance in Chennai Kenny said “Chennai is
always exciting to me since I am a South Indian myself. “Chennai has a thriving
comedy scene and could sell 1200 tickets within a day when compared to other
southern states. The people here possess so many energetic vibes that motivate
comedians like me to come up with wits that never existed in the rehearsals”.
Today, there is an increased
number of young comedians taking the plummet. The vivid reality shows for
comedy like ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’, ‘The Kapil Show’, ‘Comedy
Superstar’ etc. paved a way for the new comedians rise. Kenny’s take on these
reality shows was that “The rise of these reality shows also helped in moulding
the genre of comedy”. Every field has its own ups and downs, so does the field
of comedy. One of the major glitches that the comedians face is ‘repetition’.
Repeated comedies are of no value today. With the increasing number of
comedians in India, the same funny incidents which got a number of applauds
once is often repeated at different venues. “It’s quite miserable to see how nonchalantly
people in India think copying content is okay. The career progress will not go
much for them” said Kenny. “There are so many other issues that go into being a
comedian in India. “In India, going live becomes a nightmare if you don’t have
the right support. Support from the audience is something that marks the
success and fame, fame only if you are looking for it. Another major challenge
is censorship regarding the content” added Kenny.
When asked about a message to the upcoming comedians, Kenny giggled and
said “I’m not mature enough to give any advice or message but all I can say is
If you know how to trick, treat and tickle others funny bones, then dig in ,
because the audience will just love you”