The actor’s comedy show, which airs from September, has roped in stand-up comedians Zakir Khan and Hussain Dalal
Natasha Coutinho (MUMBAI MIRROR; July 14, 2017)

Mirror (July 3) had earlier reported that Akshay Kumar is all set to play super judge on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge which goes on air towards the end of September.

The actor had long, detailed discussions with the channel before flying off to the UK to shoot for Reema Kagti’s sports drama Gold.

Now, Mirror has learnt that two of the three mentors for the show have been finalised. These include popular stand-up comedians Zakir Khan and Hussain Dalal. The channel is still scouting for a third mentor, who will be a woman.

Confirming the news, Zakir said, “Yes, I’m onboard as mentor. It was a huge challenge for me to transform comedy, which was a passion, into a full-time profession. This show offers comics a platform to create their own identity through their content.”

He admitted that it would not be easy churning out fresh content so quickly. “Comedy involves two things —punchline and presentation. Even a mediocre joke can be hilarious depending on how you tell it. We are looking for comedians who can make people laugh not only while the joke is being told but even a couple of hours later where you remember it,” he informed.

Hussain Dalal, who has written the dialogues for films like Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani and 2 States added that in a country like India humour is everywhere.

But, he rues, over the last few years, we have been more impressed by the west. “Comedy has become a rich man’s sport. It’s all about going to the bar and with a half-drunk audience listening to demeaning jokes about India in English,” he grouses. “We aim to change that with this show and are looking for talent who can talk about real Indian problems and still be funny.”

The comedy show will replace Remo D’Souza’s Dance Plus 3, on Star Plus, in a weekend slot as its format is somewhat similar to the talent hunt show which is on air currently. Akshay being the judge will have the final say on who goes ahead in the competition.