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STAND-UP RUNDOWN: Comedy World Tour

Take a world tour of comedy by examining the comedy scenes in Ethiopia, India, Pakistan and England in today's Stand-Up Spotlight.

by Chuck king

TAMPA – With spring officially beginning today, the Stand-Up Spotlight decided to celebrate internationally.

That starts with a look at the growing comedy scene in Ethiopia, where the number and quality of shows has taken off following the COVID pandemic. Today’s lead story highlights a couple of Ethiopian comedians describing the scene.

Any South Florida stand-up comedians up for a road trip?

Next stop on the world tour: Pakistan. India and Pakistan have been at odds seemingly forever. Stand-up comedy may be the latest front in their skirmish. Apparently a well known Pakistani comedian drew the ire of fellow Pakistanis by insinuating the comedy scene in India is better. The author below retorts.

Finally, ever desire a complete comedy of British history? We’ve got you covered.

Enter the week with a spring in your step. And keep it funny.

STAND-UP SPOTLIGHT – March 20, 2023

The Rise of Stand-Up Comedy

STAND-UP RUNDOWN:In recent years, Addis Ababa has seen a boom in underground artists, in part because of the city’s growing event culture, which is popular among the city’s younger demographic. Many up-and-coming artists from a wide range of artistic disciplines have been actively exhibiting their work and garnering critical acclaim. Stand-up comedy is one of the more flourishing artistic fields of late.

Stand-up comedians and stand-up-centric events have been on the increase in Addis Ababa during the past several months, with self-proclaimed comedians getting their own shows recently.

When it comes to humour, Pakistan is always ahead of India: Shakeel Siddiqui

STAND-UP RUNDOWN:Shakeel Siddiqui, a popular stand-up comedian, recently made an appearance on the Hafiz Ahmed Podcast. During the webisode, the veteran, who is known for his wit and sharp humour stated that he does not believe Pakistan can presently make a show like The Kapil Sharma Show.


Although Siddiqui is a renowned Pakistani comedian, he rose to prominence in Bollywood after appearing as a contestant in Comedy Circus. Working alongside famous personalities like Urvashi Dholakia, Salman Khan and Johnny Lever, the artist has attained a prestigious image amongst comedians.

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That’s the way to do it! The history of British comedy

From the touring comedy troupes of the Elizabethan age and the plays of Shakespeare to the arrival of Music Hall entertainment and pantomime, the history of comedy has been one of evolvement, embracing social and political changes in society.



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