The recent Netflix stand-up comedy, Ladies Up has a nightclub-like setting and four female comedians given a 15-minute set up each. Kaneez Surka, Prashasti Singh, Niveditha Prakasam, and Supriya Joshi talk about all topics ranging from weird dating experiences, break-ups, sex and a lot more. Recently Empowered, hosted by Prashasti Singh starts with the 32-year old calling herself a UP transplant who has not turned a full-time stand-up comedian after quitting her job. She kicks off well with her migration gag but her performance starts reminding you of Comicstaan after her ‘Tinder’ experience.
Kaneez Surka who is veteran among others calls her set, It’s Kaneez, let her do talks about her early years in South Africa, her experience as a migrant in the city of dreams and how a 30- year old divorcee carves space for herself in the society. Her set-up was the most interactive and most physical as well.
Supriya Joshi, a true Mumbaikar, makes her Malad neighborhood the butt of the joke in her set Love Hurts. Supriya delivers a power-packed performance with weak material, including dating and break-up gags. Niveditha Prakasam from Coimbatore lacked good joke delivery but her take on Tamil movies was unique when compared to gags used by other three comedians.
Three out of four comedians used the migration gags which seemed repetitive. Sex, relationships, breakups are commonly used as gags in stand up performances and due to this, it seemed as if the Ladies set-up lacked originality.
Considering Ladies Up to be the first all-female stand-up which is a very rare thing in itself, the set-up could have been delivered a lot more through the performances.