One Mic Stand
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From the likes of Bhuvan Bam to Shashi Tharoor in the first season, we now have the likes of Karan Johar to Faye Dsouza in the second season of One Mic Stand Season 2. This isn't wrote for a comparison because the lineup of Season 2 is still intriguing enough to get your eyeballs hooked.
As known, One Mic Stand continues to be as fresh a concept as it was earlier where one host and five comedians have roped in five celebrities from different sectors to try their hand at stand-up comedy. The first season had a number of underwhelming aspects but delivered big time when it came to the actual set - especially that of Bhuvan Bam and Shashi Tharoor.
This time too, we have a mixed bag of the same wher some sketches delivered while some did not. Having seen all episodes of One Mic Stand Season 2, here's what I thought of it.
In his interview with portals, Karan Johar mentioned how he was worried he doesn't come as innocuous to anybody and hence decided to 'offend himself.' That works for his set, where Johar, who is as comfortable on stage as any seasoned performer was able to maintain a fine balance between jokes landing and some of them even not landing. The show's idea is not to present with the most hilarious of punchlines and best sets ever - in fact, it is the exact opposite. But it is also about the analysis of an celebrity and how much are they willing to learn, adapt and then perform with their material. For me, one of the surprises was Sunny Leone - not because her set was ridiculously funny but because she genuinely seemed the most uncomfortable and scared before going on stage and managed to perform the set with utmost ease. Of course, plenty of her jokes didn't land but she even improvised a couple of times which was amazing.
If one needs to understand the stark difference of pre-pandemic and post-pandemic times, they can watch One Mic Stand Season 2. Leone's set was pre-pandemic and everything seemed 'normal' with audience's laughs and applause where Chetan Bhagat, who is in the second episode is post-pandemic. In Bhagat's set, you can see how not having the same amount of audience can be a factor. Lesser hands to clap, lesser mouths to laugh really impacted Bhagat's set even though his' was actually one of the best-written (duh!)
Even then, his stage charm managed to make up for this and overall, it was fun and funny.
Faye D'Souza was her charming self and managed to be even make her fumbles adorable but if there was one person who seemed the most out-of-sorts, it has to be Raftaar. Not because he couldn't be funny but because he seemed to just not take the given advice and feedback into consideration. He probably thought his stage personna will be enough to swoop over the viewers - but that doesn't work with stand-up.
One Mic Stand Season 2 continues to feel like a half-cooked delicacy which is tasty but not entirely wholesome.
Rating - *** (3/5)