A group of witty women are getting together to give Bengalureans a dose of rib-tickling chuckles. Five lady comedians from the city are performing on Sunday and are promising an evening of bombaat fun in their show 'Hysterical Hormones'. The show, hosted by Sejal Bhat will see Shrirupa Sengupta, Pragya Sharoff, Seema Rao and Sneha Suhas take to the stage.
Software engineer Seema Rao, who juggles motherhood and comedy at the same time was the one who brought together these ladies for the show. “There are a lot of open micers and stand-up comedians in the city. But for every 30 male comedians, you will have only two to three women in the comedy scene. The idea of having a show was born in March when there was a ladies’ open mic on Women’s Day and we all met each other,” she shares.
Stand-up comic Sejal Bhat, who will be hosting the show, says, “I started watching Louis CK a couple of years ago and that was mostly what inspired me to get into comedy. I binge-watched his specials and then some others and realised this was something I would want to try. Since I'm the host, apart from doing my regular material, I'll try and do justice to the other performers and make sure we give our audience a great time.”
Digital marketing specialist Pragya Sharoff is another comic who will take to the mike tomorrow. “I love watching stand-up comedy and live shows. I had to figure out a way to watch stand-up without paying to get into shows! Once I got on stage, I loved the experience of being heard and seen,” says Pragya, who loves the adrenaline rush that comes with being onstage. "I'm an introvert, so stand up is a great outlet to vent out my repressed observations. Being the butt of short jokes since quarter of a century, comedy was the only way I could take on people double my size,” she adds.
As for Seema, she will entertain the crowd with a range of women’s issues. “Every male comedian has a lot of wife material, but we've not heard of husband jokes. So, I’m gonna crack some of those,” reveals the comic, who's done a dozen-odd shows in both English and Kannada. “I’d like to see more women performing alongside men and get more opportunities,” she adds.