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Judging comedy is easy, rating it is difficult: Biswa Kalyan Rath

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Biswa Kalyan Rath has been chosen to be one of the numerous judges in Amazon Prime’s new comedy show “Comicstaan”. Talking about the experience, Biswa told Indian Express, “Every new show teaches you a lot – about the world and who you are. Doing Comicstaan was a great experience completely. We all secretly judge comedy, but it was a challenge to do it publicly as your opinions really matter. You can laugh but to come down to a number and rate an act, it needed a lot of introspection.”

As these comedians won’t just be judges to the new comedians, but also their mentors, it gets a little challenging. Talking about this, Biswa said “The participants were really talented and so they did not need much mentoring. But yes, during the process I got to learn a lot. The challenge was to maintain and polish their strengths than forcing our thoughts and ideas. I must add it was a fun time interacting with these young people,”.
He further added, “I think everybody should write their own acts and never follow anybody else’s style. I think a joke is also an intellectual property and it shouldn’t be copied. And when you write for yourself, you know its soul and it’s easier to perform that way.” as he believes that writing is his strength.

Talking about changes in comedy, Biswa said, “There’s lot more comedians, more audience and the topics have also become varied. It’s a progress and I think every day, there’s a new artist entering the space but it really takes a lot of hard work to find a place. Trust me, comedy is not where you get instant fame.”

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