There’s nothing quite like some good comedy to lift your spirits up – whether it’s plain ol’ stand-up comedy or a show that leaves us gasping for breath in between fits of giggles. If you’re looking to get the laughs right in your living room, pick from one of these five shows – they’re truly the best ones out there on Indian television right now.
Airtime details: Weekdays, 7:30 pm
You can rarely go wrong with Jerry Seinfeld – as co-creator and actor on the hit sitcom, Jerry left the audience in splits with his depictions of mundane daily life. The show, which went on for nine seasons, is still popular enough on television to guarantee a prime-time slot. Featuring a handful of Jerry’s friends and acquaintances, particularly best friend George Costanza (Jason Alexander), former girlfriend Elaine Benes (Julia Louis-Dreyfus), and neighbour across the hall Cosmo Kramer (Michael Richards), the series catapulted Jerry into instant stardom and made him the highest paid comedian in the world.
The Kapil Sharma Show
Airtime details: Weekends, 9pm-10.30pm
One of the most popular comedians on Indian television, Kapil Sharma shot to fame with his Colors show, Comedy Nights With Kapil. This year, however, he has now moved to Sony with a change in name of the show. Kapil is known for leaving the audience in splits and inviting celebrity guests such as Shah Rukh Khan, Deepika Padukone, Virat Kohli, Saina Nehwal and Sonam Kapoor on his show. The plot usually revolves around him and his neighbours in the Shantivan Non-Cooperative Housing Society, which include comedians Kiku Sharda, Sunil Grover, Sumona Chakravarti, Chandan Prabhakar and Ali Asgar.
Taarak Mehta Ka Ooltah Chashmah
Airtime details: Daily 8.30pm
With an 8.3 rating on IMDb, this is one of the funniest Hindi shows on TV today. What works in its favour are the everyday situations that the show tackles in a humorous manner. Based on the column Duniya Ne Oondha Chashma written by columnist and journalist Taarak Mehta for Gujarati weekly magazine Chitralekha, the show revolves around the residents of a housing society who help each other find solutions when they face common real-life challenges and has completed a whopping 2,000 episodes over eight years.
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Channel: Star World
Airtime details: Weeknights, 11pm
In its 13th year now, Jimmy Kimmel Live! is an hour-long comedy show hosted by Jimmy Kimmel. One of the longest running late night comedy shows in America, the show addresses current events and has had guests like One Direction, Matt Damon, Sarah Jessica Parker, Owen Wilson, Lupita Nyong’o and Priyanka Chopra. Watch it for its special segments, such as Mean Tweets (where celebrities appear and read out mean tweets they’ve received), that have gone viral.
The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
Channel: Comedy Central
Airtime details: Weeknights, 11pm
NBC’s smash hit late-night show features comedian Jimmy Fallon and is similar in concept to other, formerly popular late-night shows. Fallon usually starts with a monologue, then moves on to comedy sketches or games, guest interviews and musical performances. Previous guests have included Joe Biden, Will Smith, U2, Metallica, Ben Affleck and Ashton Kutcher. The show has been nominated for nine Emmy Awards and has won two.
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