Life is Good review: Ashish Shakya is helpless without his AIB wingman

Life is Good review: Ashish Shakya is helpless without his AIB wingman

Amazon Prime Video
Stand Up Comedy
Movie Rated

Life is not good, at least not for Ashish Shakya and that gets well-reflected in his flat jokes. When an Indian comedian arrives on stage, we are aware of the nature of their jokes. It will begin with a joke on his age, a joke involving skin colour, body type. After that, there’s an unnecessary addition of anti-BJP, anti-Modi jokes, because making fun of a Prime Minister who democratically faced two major victories in the largest elections of India, definitely garner a lot of attention. Or at least that is what they think. The pattern of narration seemed very similar to the Rohan Joshi’s Wake and Bake. Except, Rohan is able to tell his jokes with more energy and expression despite being a self-confessed 36-year-old uncle. Ashish, who is 34, sits down on the stage hanging his legs and while he tries to cover it up with an attempt to get more personal with the audience, you could actually sense this man getting tired of his natural inability to make people laugh. It’s a shocker why the audience was laughing in the first place. It’s not as if Ashish didn’t have enough content. But they were more about him being energetic in the 20s and less energetic in the 30s and filled with guilt-ridden, thought-provoking matters, which eventually makes you wonder if at all he was cracking a joke or really covering up his insecurity while using humour as a defence mechanism. Previously, whenever there was comedian Ashish Shakya he was often accompanied by an overly dramatic Tanmay Bhat, or a startling Rohan Joshi or the handsome man Gursimran Khamba. It is amazing that Amazon has allowed comedians to cuss on stage, but that immediately does not make the joke funnier. It only reminds you of Atticus Finch’s popular dialogue from To Kill A Mocking Bird. ‘Abusing is a phase, every child goes through, they eventually leave it when they realise that they are not attracting any attention with it.’ It is understandable that life has been tough for the four comedians ever since the downfall of AIB, which happened after the eruption of the MeToo movement in India. The men who once stood as liberal, feminists, eventually got backfired after an employee talked about being sexually harassed while working under their team. Tanmay has started his own vlog and Rohan Joshi every now and then is seen at various stand-up specials. Gursimran Khamba after the horrible accusations had announced his resignation and also said that he will start his own venture. Ashish Shakya seems to be suffering from the toughest of times who has realised that his job involves keeping a middle-class man happy. He eventually goes back to the history of stand-up comedians but thankfully, in this segment he decides to twist an original joke about Akbar and Birbal. Birbal, as rightfully pointed by him had been one of the first stand-up comedians, and he finely pointed out that there were times while reading Akbar-Birbal jokes we never realised that Akbar often announced the strangest of chastisement for Birbal if he fails to be witty. In one such tales told by Ashish Akbar (jokingly) threatens to pour molten lava on Birbal if he gives an incorrect answer to the number of flowers in the garden of the Moghul. It is strange that we only treated such chastisement as part of fun stories and never cared to think that Akbar was plain and simple acting like a ruthless fanatic. Perhaps this was the only section in Shakya’s segment which managed to bring in more light to the show. Everything else about his jokes was predictable. After all, are you even an Indian comedian if you haven’t cracked an anti-BJP joke? Ratings: 2 stars

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