Three cities, 150+ comedians and 100+ shows at this completely unexpected sort of comedy festival
February 5, 2020 – Comedy’s never been taken this seriously before. OML Entertainment Pvt Ltd, the creators of India’s decade-old and much-loved Happiest Music Festival- Bacardi NH7 Weekender, have announced the first edition of a massive comedy festival called The Circuit. From March 7-15, the festival will travel to Mumbai, Delhi and Bangalore.
The lineup for all three cities is out, with all shows for Delhi and Bangalore being live, and part of the Mumbai calendar of shows being out. With a mixture of smaller club shows and auditorium shows, the festival is designed to offer innovative and unique experiences to audiences who enjoy comedy with stand-up comedy in various forms – specially curated lineups, women’s showcases, LGBTQ shows, regional comedy with shows being released for Marathi and Malayalam shows as well as formats such as debates, quizzing, various comedy games and much more. The lineup features over 100 comedians from across the country – for a variety of shows both big and small, with interesting lineups sure to appeal to a wide range of people, including comedians like Aakash Gupta, Rohan Joshi, Radhika Vaz, Tanmay Bhat, Anu Menon, Saikiran, Urjita Wani, Zakir Khan and more.
After kicking off in Delhi and Bangalore on March 7-8, the festival will run in Mumbai from March 11-15. After a packed calendar of shows from March 11-14, the festival will conclude with a grand finale – The Festival Circuit – in Jio Garden on March 15. This event will see a series of different performances by a strong lineup of over 20 comedians, and will be an all day outdoor event with comedy fans getting a taste of various types and formats of comedy. With just one ticket, the audience can see 5 different shows at the grand finale of the festival.
“As OML, we’ve had the opportunity to work with some of the most talented comedians from around the country and abroad. The Circuit is our celebration of the versatility of the genre and the messages it can hold. It will not only bring together a diverse range of shows from comics to sketch troupes, debates and game formats – but also venues, partners and artists that make the landscape as vibrant as it is. We’re proud to be working with curators who have pulled together a great lineup ranging from regional comedy to unique ideas such as roast battles and comedy tag team, making sure there’s something for every comedy fan” said Gunjan Arya, CEO, OML Entertainment Pvt. Ltd.
OML worked with specific comedy curators to program the festival who brought together new formats of comedy to give a varied experience across venues, comedian styles and cities to put together a festival that distinguishes The Circuit from other comedy events in the country. Rohan Desai said, “We are very excited to be curating this festival that will feature a wide variety of concept shows which will be a unique one-time experience. The jokes and performances you see in these shows will never be repeated again.” Shreemayee Das added, “A few of the concept shows will actually be happening in tournament style – like a cricket world cup. So it will be very interesting to follow the progress of different teams and see which comedians will win the finals.” Reuben Kaduskar said, “This was a very exciting opportunity, because I got the chance to collaborate with artists from all over the country, and from an audience perspective, it’s perfect because they get to see some of the best talent all at one place. Other than the game shows, what’s unique about this festival is that a lot of the comedians are doing their brand new one hour solo shows for the first time ever.”
Four different show types are on the cards to give different sorts of comedy experience to the . The Club Circuit will have intimate venues with curated programming. The Theatre Circuit will have bigger showcases with a diverse lineup of different comedians performing to bigger audiences. Circuit X shows will have exclusive showcases. The Festival Circuit will see an all day outdoor event at Jio Garden on March 15.
There’s more to be announced with more shows coming soon in Mumbai.
Get ready to do The Circuit of comedy in your city.
Details for shows in all cities can be seen at www.thecircuit.in.
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OML is a global, artist-first media and entertainment company, creating cutting-edge content in all genres for OTT platforms, television and brands and producing some of India’s biggest live entertainment properties. The 135-member strong entertainment company, creates innovative experiences for fans and consumers leveraging its 200+ creator network around the world.
Based in Mumbai, OML has produced The Dewarists (which was awarded a Lion at the Cannes Lion 2012), Comicstaan, Chacha Vidhayak Hai Humare, One Mic Stand, Pushpavalli and over 45 stand up specials on Amazon and Netflix, amongst others. Some of India’s biggest live entertainment properties promoted by OML include BACARDI NH7 Weekender (described by The Guardian as “India’s answer to Glastonbury”), Breezer Vivid Shuffle (India’s largest hip hop festival) and comedy properties — LOLstars and Headliners. The Company has provided unique and out-of-the-box solutions for popular brands such as Bacardi, Tinder, YouTube, Cadbury 5 Star, Google, RedBull, FlipKart and Amazon.
OML exclusively represents a versatile portfolio of 70+ comedians, creators, writers, directors, storytellers, mentalists and dancers that includes Zakir Khan, Kanan Gill, Kenny Sebastian, Biswa Kalyan Rath, Kaneez Surka, Sumukhi Suresh, Prashasti Singh, Sidin Vadukut, Suhani Shah and Melvin Louis, to name a few.