Time was the only thing in short supply during our stay in Mumbai. What wasn’t in short supply: talent, laughter, beauty, spirit, inspiration, determination, and comedy. Lots and lots of comedy. I could spend months writing about the eleven days we spent there shooting our upcoming TV show. It was an auroral stream of hilarious and meaningful moments: Hasan’s first stand up show in India … Govandi slum, some of the dirtiest streets and cleanest homes I’ve ever seen … cars that speak in horns … the anarchically hysterical Tanmay Bhat! (Hasan calls him the Indian Joker – “Some people just like to watch the world burn, Mr. Wayne”) … people who buy flowers to decorate outdoors … Cuckoo birds, real life characters from a tropical soundtrack … Aditi’s mother who production manages India’s longest running cop show, and is so badass she wears camouflage over her sari … the best mango – EVER … young, brave, gifted comedians, building a movement one show and one joke at a time … a mosquito that entered our van and caused a level of panic befitting a tiger … endlessly fascinating hours listening to these young comics talk process, style, cultural land mines and universal possibilities … a witness to comedic cross-pollination, synthesis, miscegenation … and ultimately, transcendence. Especially here, the most spiritual place I’ve known in all my life. The promise of our premise works. Comedy is a language that travels and a force for enlightenment. Next stop, South Africa!
About The Author
There’s a reason the crew tagged Stand Up Planet director David Munro the “comic whisperer.” Having worked with top comedians in features, commercials, and shorts, David understands the power of comedy to entertain, enlighten, and just basically stir things up. Prior to SUP, David’s debut feature, Full Grown Men, won the Sundance Channel Audience Award en route to a national theatrical release. The film starred Judah Friedlander, Amy Sedaris, Debbie Harry and Alan Cumming. His short films have screened from Sundance to Berlin, leading Filmmaker Magazine to name him one of 25 New Indie Faces. David is represented by The Gersh Agency for film and TV.