One Mic Stand Season 2 review: Karan Johar, Sunny Leone, Raftar’s show is fleetingly funny in places
Season 2 microphone support
To throw: Karan Johar, Raftar, Sunny Leone, Faye D’Souza and Chetan Bhagat
Creator: Sapan Verma
Platform: Amazon Prime Video
One Mic Stand is basically based on the concept of hiring non-actress celebrities and seeing the process of performing a set in front of the audience for the first time. Stage fright is a feeling for many and so there is an intrinsic thrill of watching people perform comedy for the first time. However, as expected, most of the show’s guests don’t end up being funny or comparable. Creator and showrunner Sapan Varma has found a great device to make a show that will always rely more on the celebrity status of guests than on the raw standard of actual content.
The actress was mentored by Niti Palta and ended up creating many churn lines on stage. Sunny confidently addressed several public perceptions about his current and past career choices. Perhaps in the entire series, her act was the closest to her life and brutally honest, even when it came to making fun of herself. Much like her roles, Sunny didn’t quite capture the essence of the measure of an authentic conversation on stage, but managed to make her laugh like a riot breaking the chains.
One of India’s most popular English writers has chosen to stay connected to his Punjabi roots while making people laugh by performing in Hindi. Chetan had the right comedic rhythm and could fill the room with laughter even during the filler sentences, but the act got a bit esoteric about his status in the publishing industry.
Faye’s inherently but unintentionally comical background of hyperrealistic television news served as the perfect scale to create a bridge of laughter between her and the audience. Needless to say, she’s incredibly confident with a mic and has presented some hilarious juxtapositions as metaphors about her days in the TV news industry versus internet news. Faye won every second of her time on stage and delivered thoughtful bombs of truth about the current state of affairs.
The prolific rapper apparently couldn’t handle it on stage when it came to making people laugh. The funny bone is missing from a clearly under-rehearsed Raftar. Raftar continued to nod his head at his own legacy of rap stars and diss tracks as he failed to make a connection with audiences. Her delivery was too structured and painfully no fun.
Mentored by Sumukhi Suresh, Karan Johar already has the gift of gab. The filmmaker / host seemed comfortable on stage and dug holes in his own mythology for the sake of the fun. Karan was comfortable tackling the difficult times of his own filmography and the midlife crisis.
The second season of One Mic Stand couldn’t get past its own mediocrity. The show may lack a structural motivation of either letting people connect with the nervousness of the guests or being entirely funny. Sapan adds his own stand-up routine as well as other comics in each episode to keep audiences with laughs that might not have come from the guest act. You can watch the show on Amazon Prime Video.
Let’s take it one Friday at a time!
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