Shekhar Suman Returns To TV: Remembering India’s 5 Original Stand-Up Comedians

These comedians certainly had a better sense of humour than Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover.

Long before the likes of Kapil Sharma and Raju Shrivastava, we found our funny bone tickled by shows like Movers & Shakers and MTV Bakra. Shekhar Suman, in particular, had a massive following thanks to his impeccable wit and mimicry skills — his impressions of Atal Bihari Vajpayee and Lalu Prasad Yadav were especially brilliant. 


Now, Shekhar Suman is making a return to TV with Poll Khol, a political satire show on ABP News. “I enjoy politics and I think Indians are really involved in the process. Movers and Shakers had caused many ripples back then. I believe adding humour/satire to political debates makes them sharper,” Suman told Mumbai Mirror.

Let’s take a look at one of the segments from Movers and Shakers, which started in 1997. 

Other than Shekhar, there were other comedians who according to us had a better sense of humour than the comedians infiltrating our TV screen today. 


Cyrus Broacha

Back when MTV was fun, Cyrus Broacha gave us some rib-tickling moments (both in the form of stand up comedy and gags) with his happy-go-lucky attitude and a lot self-deprecating humour. 

Jaspal Bhatti

Jaspal Bhatti was nicknamed ‘King Of Comedy’ and ‘King Of Satire’ for a reason, and we can still roll on the floor laughing by watching an episode of Flop Show, his most successful show. 

Ranvir Shorey

Ranvir Shorey has made a mark for himself as an actor with some ace performances in films like Bheja Fry and Khosla Ka Ghosla. But before all that, we loved him in The Great Indian Comedy Show on Star One. 


Vinay Pathak

Just like Ranvir Shorey, Vinay Pathak was a successful stand up comedian before he became a successful actor. We really hope him and Ranvir return to television and give us another comedy show, that is much better than the likes of what Kapil Sharma and Sunil Grover are serving. 


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