Kerala stand-up comic Sabareesh Narayanan’s ‘God’s Own Country’ to première live via Zoom

The Kochi-based stand-up comedian is set to host his new show on the video-conferencing platform on June 28

June 23, 2020 03:08 pm | Updated 03:20 pm IST - Thiruvananthapuram

Sabareesh Narayanan

Sabareesh Narayanan


Sabareesh Narayanan's WhatsApp status states 'the show must go on'. Affirming that "a virus cannot silence laughter", the stand-up comic from Kochi is all set to tickle ribs with his upcoming show, God's Own Country, which premieres via the video-conferencing platform Zoom on June 28.

"As the title alludes, God's Own Country is chiefly about gods and the countrymen. It aims to take a satiric look at god as an idea and I want to explore themes such as faith, superstition, atheism, godmen and so on to see how we Malayalis approach religion. I have noticed that many who claim to be hardcore atheists clandestinely visit places of worship. The show also 'zooms' in on certain hypocrisies prevalent among the people of Kerala and some general observations about the State," says Sabareesh, who is part of the Kochi-based collective Comedy Lounge spearheaded by stand-up artist Vinay Menon.

The 23-year-old says developing such a show, in English, was "part of my New year resolution" this year. "I wanted to analyse if Kerala really is a God's Own Country as many label it to be. I realised there are three types of gods - the man-made, the self-proclaimed and the i-don't-understand-science-lets-blame-it-on-the-invisible, which is one of my punchlines," he says with a chuckle.

A promo poster of ‘God’s Own Country’

A promo poster of ‘God’s Own Country’


Sabareesh says hosting a stand-up act online, in this case via Zoom, has its pros and cons. "Well, for one, the show must go on and given the COVID-19 situation, this is an advantage. Then, unlike the stage, one can improvise more as the audience can't perceive the full body language. The artist can also keep cues to fall back on if needed and still the show remains uninterrupted for the viewer. Another upside is that anyone from anywhere in the world can be part of it," he explains.

However, such an arrangement for such a medium of entertainment is not without shortcomings. "It's not really interactive in the way you would like it to be for a stand-up performance. Often, the reaction of the audience propels a show forward and a stand-up artist can also tweak his punchlines depending on the immediate response," says Sabareesh, adding that the online platform misses the "warmth of face-to-face connect."

'God's Own Country' premières at 7 pm on June 28 via Zoom. Ticket details will be put up on Sabareesh's Instagram page @standupsabari

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