“New” India and the Nuttahs
In this introductory chapter, the new forms of comedian—described here as the new Indian nuttahs—and their comedy formats are outlined. It begins with a brief history of the trajectory of comedy in India to the present age of social media in which digital platforms such as YouTube and Facebook have afforded a new wave of comedians, a dynamic outlet in which discourses of the nation, identity, censorship, feminism, and representation have come to the fore in diffuse ways. These will be explored throughout this book through close readings of the videos, comments on social media sites, and a group interview with a sample of millennial Indians.
KeywordsIndian comedy Indian history Internet comedy
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