There for the Kolkata leg of the event at Oberoi Grand Hotel – the extravaganza kicked off with a round of starters and over the misty, counter drinks from Black Dog. With the tinkering of the ice cubes and the golden aroma of the exquisite flavors, we welcomed the friendly neighborhood standup comedian Sorabh Pant. As he started the show with his conventional cheerful slapstick taunts, and tickled our funny bones - a two hundred plus audience sat mesmerized as he weaved his words with magic and humor – without a wand of course! – A combination that he has so well perfected. Being the official blogger for Spiritzandmore it has been an honor watching him perform quite a few times. He has been doing a lot of stand-up comedy lately along with TV shows. His hilarious gags have been a good enriching starter which made the way for Rob Schneider.
A perfect getaway and a better way to keep smiling with our very own Russell Peters of India- Sorabh Pant! It’s tempting to keep him ahead of Rob himself. However, Rob obviously was the man of the evening. Nonetheless Sorabh kept his shoulders upright. Being an Indian his potshots at the people were more to the point of the present context. Boy...!!! He knows the right pulse of Indian Diasporas. His satires were incisive; slapsticks were lethal and casual remarks..! Apologies for being at a loss of words! Rob, on the other hand was sedate initially. But once the audience got in sync with his lines and started connecting with him, he returned to his true, blue colors. With a typical hapless expression on his face, he sleepwalked through his routines with effortless elegance and a personification magnified manifold. It came to us a pleasant surprise to see that he has already mastered some of the hugely popular local slangs. J The comedy was a heady act of steadiness and vigor that kept the audience at the tip of their chairs. He used the stage like a magician performing his final act of the ultimate climax. But unlike Wayne Brady, never came down to his audiences. Having seen him on TV and a lot of hilarious, rib tickling comedy series, Schneider - Rob Schneider is analogous a glass of good old scotch. He has over a decade of experience doing stand-up comedy and his ability to connect to the crowd has been amazing, be it over TV, movies or comedy evenings like these. The crowd simply loved the way he took digs at both sexes on various issues and the of course the infamous Indian traffic. One of the hilarious pieces was how Americans made the word “dude” equivalent to “Aloha”, which could be used in different situations. Rob made sure that the strict security measures at American airports get a piece of his mind, where people are made to remove shoes and discard any liquids since they could possibly be a “Show bomber”, a “liquid bomber” or an “underwear bomber”! Such were the likes of his slapstick style comedy. The ambience perfectly kept the rhythm of the show going with the audience laughing out loud, at every dig he took, every word he weaved and every move he made. To cut a long story short it was, a nice leisure evening to shrug off the week’s work pressure, deadlines and enjoy with Black Dog and laugh out loud at Rob Schneider’s rib tickling comedy. Well said and done, the content and variety of his act was well enacted and performed with an essence of extreme showmanship.
An evening worth the limelight! Thanks to spiritzandmore.com!