Riffing India Comedy, Identity, and Censorship

  • Kavyta Kay
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Comedy book series (PSCOM)


A BBC news story claimed, “This is a New India story—cultures clashing because of the unprecedented access the internet gives both creators and audiences” (Basu, Viewpoint: why is Indian comedy kicking up a storm?. BBC News., 2016). To take this as a cue, the new India story as narrated by the new Indian comedians has been a process that is punctuated by fixed notions of what Indian social life means today, which are easily identifiable in Bollywood representations, and by fluid ideas of identity and nation.

This chapter explores how the comedians narrate the nation using strategies of intertextuality and deconstruction and how this is received by the Facebook sample group of millennials in a context where discourses of censorship and free speech are gaining increasing prominence.


Censorship Free speech Identity Indianness Internet Intertextuality Social media YouTube 


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  • Kavyta Kay
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  1. 1.Institute of Commonwealth StudiesLondonUK

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