Until recently, comedy in Nepal was limited to a few well-known comedians. That is until Nep-Gasm was founded to provide the up and coming stand-up comedians a platform to showcase their ability to make people laugh. Every Thursday at 7 pm, their videos are uploaded on YouTube through their own YouTube channel “Nep-Gasm”. Lately, young talents from Nep-Gasm have been doing the rounds of theaters in different parts of Kathmandu.  Three artists talk to Jessica Oli of their experiences as stand-up comedians.

Doresh Khatiwada

What is NepGasm

NepGasm is a standup comedy channel that tries to inspire youths through the medium of humor.

What got you into the platform of NepGasm?

Two of my friends who were already performing in NepGasm told me about this platform. They were aware of the fact that I am very fond of stand-up comedy which is why they told me to give it a try. I went for the audition and was selected to join the family of NepGasm.

When did you discover your passion for comedy?

Comedy has been my passion since my childhood days; I used to love to perform comic acts in my school. As I grew up, I started watching stand-up comics from around the world and I was amused by the many comedians and stand-ups on TV. Later on, I sensed that making people laugh is one thing I could do and I realized I was quite good at it too.

Which genre of comedy do you like to perform the most on stage?

I like to perform on social contemporary issues.

Do you write scripts on your own? If so, what inspires you to write the script?

Yes, I do write my own scripts. I have no problem getting help from my colleagues with the script now and then. It is the casual everyday happenings of our surroundings, life incidents of different people and various events that I witness in society that inspires me to write scripts for my stage performances.

How good is your sense of humor off the stage? Can you manage to rely on your humor without any script? How easy or difficult is it to do so?

You will have a pretty good review from my friends if you ask them about my sense of humor off the stage. I actually do not like an impromptu standup on stage. Despite being good at sarcasm with friends and colleagues, I find it quite difficult to perform without scripts when it comes to performing on stage.

Your favorite comedian? Comedian/comedians you fancy the most and why?

I am a huge fan of Zakir Khan (India), Madan Krishna Shrestha & Hari Bansha Acharya (Nepal). Zakir Khan’s performances are captivating as he reflects his scripts by having a clear understanding of youth psychology. On the other hand, Ma-Ha Jodi does an awesome job with their sardonic hits on social and political issues of Nepal.

Do you think stand-up comedy has good prospects in the future in Nepal?

Stand-up comedy has started off at a very good pace in our country. Bearing in mind the increasing hype of stand-ups at this phase, I see a great future ahead.

How hard is it to make people laugh? What if the audience does not laugh? How to you tackle such a situation?

As it might seem, making people laugh is not an easy job. Till date, I have not faced the situation where audiences stood and did not sit still and not laugh at my jokes during my performance. It is because I always prepare myself with a backup plan to confront that kind of scenario. I can engage the audience pretty well with my talking.

Your best performance till date? Why?

It was in 2075 at Rastriya Sabha Griha when I was fortunate enough to perform in an overcrowded hall where my mother and my idol Mr. Madan Krishna Shrestha were present.

What are the kinds of mistakes new stand-up comedians should avoid?

New stand-up comedians should avoid using double meanings and vulgarity in their jokes. There are a lot more areas to cover in comedy that can make people laugh other than vulgarity and double meaning. I also request comedians to be original and not to copy scripts from any source.

A few words to the readers/ your audiences. 

I would like to thank all the viewers for their love and support till date. To all the readers who have not watched our videos yet; if you want to add laughter and happiness in your life, do subscribe to NepGasm channel on YouTube and go through our videos.

 

Bibek Uprety

A few words about NepGasm

NepGasm is a platform provided to the emerging standup comedians who want to make people laugh, throwing shades of sarcasm on social and political content of the society.

When did you discover your passion to become a stand-up comedian?

While growing up, I was struggling to find the right career path. I then started to watch stand-up comedians from around the world. I was fascinated by their delivery and the way they made audiences laugh. So I decided to choose stand-up comedy as my profession which I am very passionate about.

What got you into the platform of NepGasm?

Like I said before, my interest in stand-up comedy had emerged with a passion from the very beginning of my career. I used to perform at open mic sessions in many

places around the city. One of my friends informed me about the auditions for NepGasm’s comedians. I made it to the team after getting through the qualifying rounds.

Which genre of comedy do you mostly like to perform on stage?

Social.

Do you write scripts on your own? If so, what inspires you to write the script?

Yes, I write the scripts for my performances on my own. Encouragement from my supporters inspires me to write more and better scripts.

How good is your sense of humor off the stage? Can you play along well with your humor without any script? How easy or difficult is it to do so?

My off-stage sense of humor is not as good as it is on stage. I find it a little difficult to get humorous around people off the stage.

Who is your favorite comedian? Why do you fancy him/her?

My current favorite comedian is Saroj Bhandari. He has a great sense of humor and performs brilliantly on stage.

Do you think stand-up comedy has a good prospect in the future?

Stand-up comedy in Nepal is just evolving. I do see a good future for stand-ups in our country. But these days, the concept of stand-up comedy has been misrepresented by some of the artists as they seem to be promoting vulgarity in the name of standup comedy. If artists can manage to provide noble and family content for audiences, stand-up comedy definitely has great prospects in Nepal.

How hard is it to make people laugh? What if the audience does not laugh? How do you tackle such circumstances?

Every profession has its own difficulties but I consider making people laugh as one of the toughest things to do. There is no assurance of getting audience’s laughter on every punch line. However, my best mechanism to tackle such a scenario would be by trying to connect with audiences through my content and presentation.

One quality you think every stand-up comedian should possess?

I think every comedian should have a good sense of humor and good presentation skills.

What are the kinds of mistakes new stand-up comedians should avoid?

Jokes that cannot be digested by the society and vulgar contents should be avoided as much as possible.

Your best performance till date and why?

I performed in front of a huge crowd of 700 people at Rastriya Sabha Griha. I regard that show as my best performance so far.

A few words to the readers/ your audiences.

Keep showering your love and support on us and prefer watching family content as much as possible.

 

Lekmani Trital

NepGasm in one sentence.

NepGasm is a stand-up comedy show initiated by a group of young entrepreneurs which is aired on a weekly basis on YouTube.

What got you into the platform of NepGasm?

I had developed a strong passion for standup comedy ever since I heard about this platform. My passion brought me here.

When did you discover your passion for comedy?

During my school days I was the renowned comedian of my batch. I stayed at my school hostel from my childhood where I used to perform dormitory jokes. I also used to perform at various events at school. I’ve had a passion for comedy since my childhood days.

Which genre of comedy do you like to perform the most on stage?

I prefer practical comedy which can be relatable to the audience; my topic usually includes social issues.

Do you write scripts on your own? If so, what inspires you to write scripts for your performances?

I write scripts on my own and discuss it among my circle for their feedback so that I can bring improvement to my script.

How good is your sense of humor off the stage? Can you play along well with your

humor without any script? How easy or difficult is it to do so?

My sense of humor depends on the level of comfort zone I am in. If I’m comfortable with the circle then I can play along well without a script. But I do feel some difficulty carrying on in the same manner as I do on stage as people’s moods differ quite often.

Your favorite comedian? Comedian/comedians you fancy the most, why?

My favorite comedian is me, myself.

Do you think stand-up comedy has good prospects in the future in Nepal?

At present it seems pretty impressive, emerging and encouraging. If I make a judgment based on the current state of stand-ups, I can see a bright future ahead of us in our country.

How hard is it to make people laugh? What if the audience does not laugh? How do you tackle such circumstances?

It is pretty tough to make people laugh because people do not laugh twice at the same joke. If audiences do not laugh, I try my best to make something up spontaneously. If that does not work, I will jump to my next punch line which has more chances of making the audience laugh.

Must have quality as a comedian?

A good wit.

Your best performance till date? And why?

I’ll leave that to my viewers as I believe that I cannot judge myself.

What are the kinds of mistakes new stand-up comedians should avoid?

Comedians should avoid imitating other people’s presentation and style and should not copy the script. They should stick to their original script and try to sharpen their creativity instead.

A few words to the readers/ your audiences.

Thank you for all the love and support that you have been providing us from the very beginning of our show.