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Comedy is a serious, engaging and promising business in India: Stand-up Comedian by Amit Tandon

In the dimly lit hall of Hyatt Place, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, laughter echoed as Amit Tandon, a name synonymous with comedy, took the stage. The occasion was a gathering hosted by FLO (FICCI Ladies Organisation), where the comedian shared his insights on the theme, "Comedy is Serious Business." Little did the audience know they were in for an evening filled with laughter and a profound understanding of the evolving landscape of stand-up comedy in India.

In a candid conversation with FLO Chairperson, Ms. Ritu Shah, Tandon painted a vivid picture of the comedy scene in India. He described comedy as not merely a source of entertainment but a serious, lucrative, and engaging industry.

With conviction, he highlighted the industry's growth, emphasizing how Indian comedians had traversed the globe, performing at iconic venues like Albert Hall, in London. His words painted a portrait of an industry in its prime, with nearly 700 international shows under the belt of Indian comedians.

Tandon shed light on the staggering numbers – 10,000 to 15,000 comedy show tickets sold each month, and 300 to 400 full-time comedians earning their livelihood through this art. Yet, amidst the humour, there was a call for change. He pointed out the lack of proper venues for stand-up comedy in cities like Hyderabad and championed the rise of regional comedy in places like Agra, Ludhiana, and Jalandhar.

In his performance, Tandon demonstrated the power of comedy. For over 90 minutes, he held the audience captive, weaving tales about the intricacies of family relationships, the chaos of shopping, the frenzy of parties, and the frustration of traffic jams. Laughter erupted, cascading in waves, leaving some attendees in stitches, literally. Such is the magic of comedy – a blend of wit, observation, and timing that Amit Tandon embodies effortlessly.

Ms Ritu Shah, overwhelmed by the evening's hilarity, expressed the importance of stand-up comedy in today's stressful world. She highlighted its therapeutic effects – boosting immunity, reducing stress hormones, alleviating pain, and relaxing muscles. FLO, she stated, eagerly anticipated this event, recognizing its significance in the lives of people from all walks of life.

Amit Tandon's journey into the world of comedy has been nothing short of extraordinary. From humble beginnings as a hobbyist to gracing international stages, he has not only made people laugh but also broken barriers. His initiative, Grandmasters of Comedy, stands as a testament to his commitment to this art form, bridging the gap between comedy and the corporate world.

As the evening concluded, the audience was left with not just aching stomachs but also a newfound appreciation for the severe business of laughter. Amit Tandon had not just entertained; he had enlightened, proving once again that in the world of comedy, there's more than what meets the eye.


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