In another video, Jeeveshu Ahluwalia recalls a comment made by his mother. “When I was your age, I used to walk 10km to school,” she said, to which an irritated Ahluwalia responded with, “You were poor!”

And the audience loves it all.

And why not? After all, these are funny observations about everyday life that they connect with instantly.

Meanwhile, many middle-aged Indian dads and moms are trying to make the transition, with varying degrees of success, from a statist economy and a limited-resource society to relative prosperity and evolving values. Often, though, they are unable to let go of some of the vestiges. So their struggle with these changes, too, is a favourite subject of humour-laden social commentary.

One Bengaluru-based comedian who did not want to be named said that apart from current events like demonetisation, movies, and cricket, the experiences of one’s parents and life in the 1980s and 90s are perhaps the most common elements connecting the performer and the audience in India’s comedy circuit. “Tapping into that reservoir is only natural. So is there a difference between gentle ribbing and denigration? Perhaps. But I have rarely seen that line blurring,” the 29-year-old said. “In any case, these lines can vary from person to person. My dad is cool with stuff I say. Yours may not be.”

Largely, performers do not see a need for such lines.

“I don’t think there is a line to be drawn for any comic…I think our parents were cool then, they are cool now. And they are attempting to evolve according to modern technologies,” said Ahluwalia. Evidently, neither does he believe it is about the generation gap. “I am close to turning 40. Many comedians today are just 25. So there can be generation gap between me and them, too.”

In any case, it is not that having a go at parents is the favourite among Indian comedians alone.

Global names like Russel Peters and Hasan Minhaj—both born to migrant Indian parents—have done it to send their audiences, without fail, into splits. In his latest hit “Homecoming King,” for instance, a good part of Minhaj’s show was about his dad’s attempts to integrate with the western way of life following immigration. Of course, the migrant’s endeavours is the dominant theme in most such cases. It is still about the parents’ struggle with change.

And if that can get your audience laughing, why not?

“At the end of the day, somebody has paid a good amount of money; he’s dedicated four hours of his life to me. These days people don’t dedicate four hours even to their parents in a day. So when they go back after my show, they should feel that those four hours were worth spending on me,” Tandon signs off.

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