The Black Dog comedy evenings with Colin & Brad was held in ITC Windsor in Bangalore - arguably the best five star hotel and a great location for a chilled out evening. The event was a very formal affair with everyone turning up in their finest formal attire. Black Dog Whisky was one of the most sought after drinks at the venue but some people were also seen enjoying a glass of wine. Lot of exotic food like alaska sea crab sticks, arabian shawarma, tuna fish supplemented the drinks as yummy appetizers. Everybody whom I talked to before the show said that they had very high expectations of the comic duo and were looking forward to a hilarious time that evening.
They weren't disappointed at all! Ashvin Mathew or 'The Mad Malayalee' as he calls himself opened the show with his stand up comedy. He had the audience in splits over his jokes about how malayalees & bengalis have a lot in common, how bangalore autos don't go anywhere you want to go, and how 'physical' security checks at airports can get! His most howlarious joke was when he said the strongest word in India in any language is the tamil word 'deyy!!' which can rattle any opposition and settle any argument!
After this wonderful opening act, Ashvin welcomed onto stage the duo everyone was waiting for - Colin & Brad! They immediately set the expectations for the show which clearly said that everything they are gonna perform was impromptu and not rehearsed. To prove this, they almost always created humor from suggestions given by audience - not just few members (who could have been planted) but a sampling of the entire audience which I thought proved the mettle of their comic timing!
The 1st act was 2 members of the audience making colin & brad's bodies move like puppets - this didn't come out properly as the audience members weren't very quick in moving them. 2nd act was inviting 2 audience members and colin & brad doing the voices for them - this was rib-tickling stuff as you could see hilarious reactions on the face of audience members mouthing funny dialogues the comic duo were saying! Then Colin & Brad played some games after they started a sequence in a shakespeare way - 'questions only' which required them to talk in questions only, 'start every word with the same letter' where they started every word with K, 'monosyllable' where they spoke only in sentences with monosyllables and the very hilarious dr.seuss style rhyming words - where towards the end they tried their best to avoid the word f*ck while running out of rhyming words for 'buck'! The most amazing part of this was that the entire sequence was based between two very random professions they picked up from the audience' suggestions - a CEO & a plumber!
The audience was practically rolling on the floor at the ITC windsor listening to the rib-tickling humor created by Colin & Brad. They gave a standing ovation to both of them. 2 lucky winners from the audience also won signature Black Dog whisky bottles and Kingfisher Airlines tickets. The event was attended by a lot of celebrities like actor Ramesh Aravind, CEO Pradeep Kar, Fashion Designers Prasad Bidappa & Manoviraj Khosla, Anil Chadha, Cricketer Robin Uthappa, Sunil Alagh and Ajit Saldanha who all had a great time!