How Inside Jokes Helped Me Understand the Crisis in Indian Stand-Up Comedy

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How Inside Jokes Helped Me Understand the Crisis in Indian Stand-Up Comedy

Illustration: Arati Gujar

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’m gonna have a real rough time if I don’t get in.” says Kellen Erskine, an amateur stand-up comedian in Inside Jokes, worried about landing a spot at the New Faces showcase. A woman looks at the camera for a quick second before replying,“That’s why you’re gonna get in.”

For a moment, I wondered whether her reply would have been different if the camera wasn’t there? Was she hoping that the cameraman or a producer would offer something? These questions actually enrich Amazon Prime Video’s Inside Jokes: As a viewer, you appreciate the opportunity to witness the moment where Erskine’s honest confession to his wife is met with loving reassurance. In fact, it underlines the distinctive experience of witnessing seven upcoming comedians invite the cameras to follow their lives on stage and off it. The six part docu-series follows them on their journey to land a spot at the New Faces showcase of Just For Laughs Festival in Montreal.

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