Here’s everything you need to know about Mumbai’s funniest weekend.
Clear your weekend schedule and make way for stand-up comedy, improv, workshops, skits and comedy news, all wrapped up and neatly presented in three rib-tickling, lockjaw-inducing days of the Weirdass Pajama Festival. 69 Indian and international comedians will perform in venues across Mumbai on three days from January 10-12. Here’s everything you need to know about Mumbai’s funniest weekend.
The Weirdass Pajama Festival comes in three sizes for you to pick and choose from.
First up, let’s talk about the awesomesauce slathered Pajamas, held at the NCPA’s Jamshed Bhabha Theatre on Sunday, January 12. These mega shows include
Good Sports: The definitive sports comedy show featuring Gaurav Kapur, Vir Das, Tanmay Bhat and Anuvab Pal which runs you through the funniest, stupidest and most embarrassing sports moments over the years.
Nation in Mourning: If the trap/dubstep versions of Arnab Goswami’s most fabulous moments don’t satiate your craving for ridiculous news, this news comedy show promises more. Mindless yelling and important issues will be discussed by people with even more issues.
Weirdass Master-Full: The biggies of the Indian stand-up scene – Vir Das, Papa CJ, Anuvab Pal, Sorabh Pant and Harith Iskander – are here to perform their strongest, most gif-able jokes and to reduce hecklers to blubbering messes.
The Weirdass Tandoor: India’s first ever Celebrity Roast is here and we’ve got actors Vinay Pathak and Ranvir Shorey in the hot seat of embarrassment. Laugh shamelessly along as everything from their lifestyle choices to acting careers, hair growth to fat ankles are dissected. It would be wise to carry some ice for those burns. The Pajama shows will be held at the NCPA Jamshed Bhabha Theatre on Sunday, 12th January.
Now, on to the second variety of shows - Boxers. These shows are literally a whole day of comedy gigs stuffed in your friendly, neighbourhood bar. They’ll take place across venues in Mumbai like The Irish House in Colaba, The Barking Deer in Lower Parel, Le Sutra in Bandra and Copa in Juhu on those same three days in January. There are a frazillion sketches, stand-up acts, comedy rock performances and workshops for you to choose from and we’ve got our top picks to save you from some head-splitting decision making. They include:
Eastenders: Stand-up acts by award-winning Malaysian comedians – Harith Iskander and Kavin Jay.
Phunny Rock by Vir Das’ Alien Chutney and Smart Casual: The Indian and Australian comedy rock bands that give Kiwi land’s Flight of the Conchords a run for their funny money.
Weirdass Pajama Improv Super troupe: The all-stars of improvisational comedy, in all their unscripted glory.
AIB Sex Show: The boys from All India Bakchod are here to answer all the doubts that adolescent-surfing-of-porn-sites never could explain.
A little taste of Vir Das’ Alien Chutney’s ‘Manboob’.
And finally, we have Briefs. These Brief shows pack a punch and are quite similar to the Boxers. Maa kasam. They are of what you could call more intimate shows (we suppose heckling the comedian on stage at one of these might just be okay, your mileage may vary though). These intimate shows will take place at Bottle Bar in Fort, The White Owl in Lower Parel, Mangiamo in Bandra and Amigos in Andheri on January 10 and 11.
C-Rap battle with Kavi Shastri and DJ Ishq Bector: They’ve got one shot, one opportunity, to make you laugh uncontrollably.
Weirdass Pajama Gong Show: The X-Factor of comedy where the almighty gongmeister decides whether a comedian is lulz enough.
Comedy in Film: A workshop where comedian Rohan Joshi will guide you through the process and techniques for writing funnies for motion pictures/your YouTube channel.
Women in Comedy – An educational session: The ultimate panel that will banish all myths and answer stupid questions like “Are women really funny?”. There will be no period jokes, we think.
“Decisions, decisions,” you say? Maybe we can help you there. We’ve put together an exhaustive questionnaire takes in account your preferences, political affiliation, Facebook relationship status and BMI to deduce which show suits you best, more or less. Check it out here. This might just decide whether you go home happy or with pie on your face (can’t be a bad thing either way. Unless you really hate pie, that is).
How ticketing to the Weirdass Pajama Festival works:
Take a deep breath, get your credit/debit card ready and go.
1. Buy a glorious Pajama ticket here. If you’re lucky you could show up on the day of the event and grab some tickets from the venue – NCPA Jamshed Bhabha Theatre.
2. After you’re done, you get to choose a Boxer/Brief show to attend for FREE.
3. Fancy a lot more Boxers and Briefs? For the reasonable price of Rs. 600, you get access to all the Boxer shows and for Rs. 200 you get access to all the Brief shows in a particular venue for a particular day. A whole day of comedy for the price of a cocktail, prioritise man.
4. You can buy the Boxers and Briefs tickets from the venue on the day of the event if online transactions aren’t your scene.
5. Enjoy the funniest weekend of your life. Have we already mentioned that? Funniest weekend. Life.
1. Hey bro, I bought tickets for like, three different Pajamas. Tell to me what I can do like, the whole day?
The Pajama shows will be accompanied by food, alcohol, fun and frolic. Lounge in the Pajama beer garden between shows, we’re told laughter and inebriation levels are directly proportional.
2. Wait, why is a comedy festival named after night/inner wear again?
Because these comedy shows are coming right to your doorstep. Wear your jammies, step out of your house and into the closest venue. Sorry Kandivali, maybe next year?
Head to the official Weirdass Pajama festival website for the complete schedule, tickets and more. The Weirdass Pajama takes over Mumbai between January 10-12.