Ladies Up Review: Netflix’s Stand-Up Comedy Special Is Underwhelming

Ladies Up Review: Netflix’s Stand-Up Comedy Special Is Underwhelming
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Ladies Up, Netflix’s latest Stand-Up Comedy special featuring Prashasti Singh, Kaneez Surka, Supriya Joshi and Niveditha Prakasam, is a potpourri of experiences of people from different strata of the society. With each comedian given 15 minutes to engage with the audience on relevant issues like broken relationships, marriage, racism, and urban lives, the stand-up special unfolds on familiar lines and falls short from offering anything unique. The hour-long stand-up comedy special went live on Netflix on March 27.


What Is the Story About? 
The stand-up comedy sheds light on the lives of four comedians, who hail from different backgrounds and regions of the country, and how their experiences over the years have shaped them and their persona. While Prashasti Singh throws light on what’s like to be a Bihari in Mumbai, where a huge section of working-class people are from her home state, Kaneez Surka, an immigrant from South Africa, pokes fun at the society for constantly judging divorcees. Then, there’s Supriya Joshi, who gives an honest take about what it’s like to live in Mumbai suburbs and dealing with heartbreaks, and finally, Niveditha Prakasam delves into what it’s like to grow up as a woman in a conservative town in Tamil Nadu.  


Like every other stand-up comedy, Ladies Up too hinges upon the personality of its comedians, right from the deadpan humour of Supriya Joshi to the flamboyance of Kaneez Surka, to create something unique. The best of the lot is undoubtedly Kaneez Surka, who delivers a no-holds-barred take on how marriages are complicated and how society reacts when someone walks out of a marriage. That she’s a Muslim immigrant from South Africa, who now calls Mumbai her home, also adds to her onstage persona. And in complete contrast to Kaneez Surka is Niveditha Prakasam, whose sophisticated style of stand-up comedy has her take a dig at how conservative societies and pop culture shape people’s perceptions in general. Supriya Joshi’s self-deprecating humour strikes a chord, and Prashasti Singh’s take on urban relationships is hilarious at times.


For a shot that brings together four different voices, Ladies Up doesn’t quite offer anything unique, per se. Even when the jokes are relatable and makeup chuckle, there’s a sense of deja vu that most of these topics have been part of the ongoing discourse about how our lifestyles are changing in the modern era. Whether it’s the lifestyle in Mumbai, where casual sex and dating isn’t frowned upon, or how Tamil films have made an impact on the youth in the towns and hinterlands of Tamil Nadu, almost everything feels like a rehash of a Twitter thread that’s gone viral.


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The best part of this Netflix’s Stand-up special is its pacing and since each segment is 15-17 minutes long, it doesn’t drag too much. Although the writing of the gags feels familiar, it’s precisely to the point and doesn’t beat around the bush too much.


Kaneez Surka’s take on divorce and the culture shock that Nivedita Prakasam went through when she moved to India are among the better segments of Ladies Up.


The comedy special doesn’t have anything unique or original to say, and all said and done, it’s nowhere close to plenty of other comedy specials on the internet.


Did I enjoy It? 
There’ll always be something or the other that will make you chuckle in a stand-up comedy act, and Ladies Up is no different.


Do I recommend it?
Ladies Up is almost like casual dating. It’s nothing serious and won’t make a difference to your lives if you miss it.


Rating: 2.5/5 


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