HYDERABAD: Forget the start-ups that make yummy food for you or the ones that make you look cool by providing funky merchandise, this start-up makes you laugh. Staying true to the age-old saying, laughter is the best medicine, city-based duo, RJ Radha Krishnaveni and photographer Mallika Rajkumar, started Live Laughter Club (LLC), six months back. The club has so far entertained people from all walks of life at various venues in the city.
“We are serious about comedy,” says Mallika adding, “LLC aims to bring in a comedy culture catering to all kinds of audience in the city. Like people go to watch movie or play games when they want to entertain themselves, they can also come to watch our show.”
Artists, who perform at their shows also perform at Improvisational theatre, traditional theatre and open mic.
“There are many stand-up comedians in the city, They are not known to us because of lack of platform. We aim at helping them get visibility through our events,” Mallika explains.
The culture of stand-up comedy is on the rise in places like Bangalore, Chennai, Delhi and Mumbai and Mallika hopes Hyderabadis will also to adapt the concept.
Getting sponsors to conduct events was a challenge for the duo initally, but with the help of fellow comedians, they managed to raise funds. “As time passes, we are working towards becoming independent. We are raising funds with the money we collect through tickets.”
The comedy they perform also changes according the people in the audience. LLC will hold a stand up on Women’s Day on ‘Why Men Don’t Listen’ at Hotel Lemon Tree from 8 pm onwards. “Garv Malik of MTV Colours fame will entertain the audience with his comedy.
“He has performed for comedy groups like East India Company,” informs Mallika. The aim is to break the stereotype by cracking jokes on men and well as women and giving a message that women are important for existence on human.
The one-and-a-half-hour show will also have open mic where questions will be posed to the audience.
“We want to make comedy a favourite mainstream entertainment. We also plan to expand the club to other cities. We want develop a space where people can come down and watch performances,” she says.