Akshay Kumar

Akshay Kumar will be seen as one of the judges of “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge,” which is making a comeback on television after a gap of 12 years. (IANS photo)

MUMBAI—After a 12-year gap, the first comedy show on Indian television, “The Great Indian Laughter Challenge,” is back, and this time it strives to be funnier. Through this new season, the show aims at having fresh talent that is digitally savvy and ground-breaking. In a competitive, elimination-based format across 25 episodes, the show will find the best of the best in the comedy space.

The show, which is going to be judged by none other than Akshay Kumar himself, has finally locked two of its mentors, Zakir Khan and Hussain Dalal. The channel will also have a third mentor, a woman.

Said Khan, “Yes, I’m on board as a mentor. It was a huge challenge for me to transform comedy, which was a passion, into a full-time profession. This show offers comics a platform to create their own identity through their content.”

He also mentioned the criteria that are important to be a good comic. “Comedy involves two things – the punch-line and presentation. Even a mediocre joke can be hilarious depending on how you tell it. We are looking for comedians who can make people laugh not only while the joke is being told but even a couple of hours later when you remember it,” he said.

Hussain Dalal, who has co-written films like “Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani” and “2 States,” said, “Comedy has become a rich man’s sport. It’s all about going to the bar and with a half-drunk audience listening to demeaning jokes about India in English. We aim to change that with this show, and are looking for talents who can talk about real Indian problems and be funny.”

The show will come on air once “Dance+” Season 3 ends on STAR Plus. Of course, we are not jealous of Akshay Kumar’s need for time management!

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