Funnyman Pratap Fauzdar says the popularity of the comedy genre on the small screen has turned comedians into stars.
The winner of laughter show “Great Indian Laughter Challenge” said before getting recognition on television, several comedians did stage shows in musical orchestras just as fillers.
“They were asked to do comedy so that the singer could take a break between two songs. Now, the same comedians are celebrities,” Fauzdar told PTI.
The stand-up comedian feels that increasing stress in life has made people incline towards comedy on television, leading to a sudden spurt of this genre of art on the small screen.
“Whether on small screen or even big screen, comedy will always be there. When there is more tension and stress, people like to get happy and seek pleasure. It is not that the comedy is developing. In fact, people are in stress now, that is why they are finding peace in comedy.
“Comedy is in demand, that is why there is more production of the comedy (shows). This is the reason you will find several (such) shows across the channels,” said the actor, who is known for his political satires through stage shows.
Fauzdar was speaking on the sidelines of a show in which he performed here recently.