Chennaiites grabbed the venue one by one to jab fun at the world — and themselves — presenting a heckling, cackling spectators to an art form broadly mysterious in the contemporary yet conventional kingdom: stand-up comedy. Chortles and shrieks ran through the crowd when Kenny Sebastian stepped to the platform. Kenneth Sebastian popularly known as Kenny, a man of numerous flairs, from music, theatre to stand-up comedy captured the hearts of the people in Chennai during his last visit. His droll takes on social customs have charmed the crowds. A graduate from an arts school, he established a liking towards filmmaking at a young age and then shifted to music and comedy.
Kenneth Sebastian has tried his hand at quite a lot of things he is fervent about. Kenny developed his skills in all the fields he was interested in and moulded what he liked the most, stand-up comedy. A glance on his YouTube channel will definitely make you his huge fan. His simply relatable jokes can narrate his amazing journey. “Comedy sensed the most ordinary and most satisfying, I never thought that I could make a living out of this and be independent,” said Kenny.
Having accomplished over 500 shows within five years, having released India’s first sci-fi comedy web series, taking credits for the whole show ‘Comedy Central’, Kenneth has set his foot to bring a new face to Indian Comedy. Over much of the past decade, comedians have profited from an audience looking for laughs to make nous of a progressively multifaceted world. “Today, there are comedians all over the world in different languages, but to hook the audience with wit and at the same time, throwing light to socially relevant scenarios is difficult,” said Kenny. From a defence upbringing, Kenny spent his young age mostly in shifting cities until his family settled down in Bengaluru. His comedic orientations turn the tritest of everyday events into the funniest. “Comedians need to keep pace with the changes happening around and the differing audience tastes,” said the young comedian.
And, he’s accompanied with a guitar which makes for an overwhelming evidence of his multiple talents. Kenny Sebastian is one of the leading comedians that India owns today. “The adrenaline rush that happens to me when I see my audience makes me perform well on the stage,” said Kenny.Asked about his recent performance in Chennai Kenny said “Chennai is always exciting to me since I am a South Indian myself. “Chennai has a thriving comedy scene and could sell 1200 tickets within a day when compared to other southern states.
The people here possess so many energetic vibes that motivate comedians like me to come up with wits that never existed in the rehearsals”. Today, there is an increased number of young comedians taking the plummet. The vivid reality shows for comedy like ‘The Great Indian Laughter Challenge’, ‘The Kapil Show’, ‘Comedy Superstar’ etc. paved a way for the new comedians rise.
Kenny’s take on these reality shows was that “The rise of these reality shows also helped in moulding the genre of comedy”. Every field has its own ups and downs, so does the field of comedy. One of the major glitches that the comedians face is ‘repetition’.
Repeated comedies are of no value today. With the increasing number of comedians in India, the same funny incidents which got a number of applauds once is often repeated at different venues. “It’s quite miserable to see how nonchalantly people in India think copying content is okay. The career progress will not go much for them” said Kenny. “There are so many other issues that go into being a comedian in India. “In India, going live becomes a nightmare if you don’t have the right support. Support from the audience is something that marks the success and fame, fame only if you are looking for it. Another major challenge is censorship regarding the content” added Kenny.
When asked about a message to the upcoming comedians, Kenny giggled and said “I’m not mature enough to give any advice or message but all I can say is If you know how to trick, treat and tickle others funny bones, then dig in , because the audience will just love you”