The YouTube algorithm might be a black box of cutting edge technology, machine learning and dark magic, but it isn’t omniscient (yet). So it might have missed showing you some of these videos, but that’s why we’re back with the DA Weekly Roundup. This week, Mohammed Hussain flirts with dark humour in his first-ever YouTube video and Rajat Chauhan does a “cute roast” of his audience members. Meanwhile, Tanmay Bhat and Nishant Talwar react to Pakistani chats along with Aishwarya Mohanraj, Zakir Khan and Gopal Dutt. We’ve also got a strong observational set by Demitri Martin, and a four-and-a-half-hour (!!) long podcast with American comedians Whitney Cummings, Mark Normand and Yannis Pappas.
In no particular order, here are our top picks of the week.
1. Mohammed Hussain – Making A Terrorist
25-year-old comedian Mohammed Hussain dropped his first ever standup video on YouTube on 29 May, and it’s quite a strong debut. As the title suggests, Hussain goes on the offensive from the get-go, dropping truth bombs about the Indian Muslim experience and revelling in the audience’s discomfort at his darker punchlines.
Hussain talks about Malala Yousafzai before steering the conversation towards the terrorist who tried to shoot her. “Poora zindagi terrorist banne ka practice kiya, chhoti ladki ko nahi maar paya, [He practiced to be a terrorist all his life but couldn’t kill a little girl]” says Hussain. What follows is an absurd yarn that involves terrorism school, inspirational Osama Bin Laden posters, internships with the Taliban and a comparison between suicide bombers and arts students.
2. Good For You Podcast with Whitney Cummings – Ep #87: Mark Normand & Yannis Pappas
In this unprecedented 4 and a half-hour episode, Whitney Cummings grills New York-based comedians Mark Normand and Yannis Pappas on everything from the LA-NY comedy rivalry, self-censorship and childhood trauma. The episode starts off with Cummings talking about “monetising their new friendship” and digging deep into Normand’s past to figure out where his self-deprecation and insecurities stem from.
Pappas joins the episode around the 40-minute mark and then the trio really hit their stride—waxing eloquent on relationships, podcasts, words that comedians can’t say, movies and sexual kinks. There are two unidentified farts and a whole lot of greenroom secrets that are spilled throughout the episode.
Save this episode for a lazy day when you have all the time in the world, or watch it in parts. We leave it up to you.
3. Pakistanis Are Savage Pt 3 (Ft. Tanmay Bhat, Nishant Tanwar, Aishwarya Mohanraj, Zakir Khan and Gopal Dutt
Tanmay Bhat has just dropped the third episode of his Pakistanis Are Savage series, in which Bhat and Nishant Tanwar, along with guests Aishwarya Mohanraj, Zakir Khan and Gopal Dutt act out and react to the most savage texts from Pakistani Uber drivers (amongst others). Having already racked up over 2.7 million views in 3 days, the video is full of light-hearted, wholesome jabs at our neighbours, as well as hilarious segues into everything from dating advice to mental health.
Turn on and tune in for 13 minutes of non-stop giggles.
4. Rajat Chauhan – Knowing Us! Delhi Se Ho
In the first episode of Audience Interaction, comedian Rajat Chauhan gets to know his audience a little better. The video starts with a disclaimer—”This video contains fun but no jokes”—but the audience can’t help but laugh at Chauhan’s witty remarks and quick observations.
The comedian makes some wholesome jokes about engineers and kids in his society. Chauhan also takes aim at fashion shows, models’ jawlines and a self-proclaimed “Sir” in his audience.
Watch this 9-minute crowd interaction video for some clean family-friendly fun.
5. Demitri Martin – The Only Clothes a Dog Should Wear
American comedian Demitri Martin is known for his observational humour and deadpan delivery. Comedy Central’s newest video showcases Martin’s ability to squeeze a punchline out of the most mundane, everyday situations.
The comedian immediately dives into a deep analysis of the clothes a dog should and should not wear, inspired by a sighting of a dog in a sweater. “If you’re going to put clothes on a dog, you should put two pairs of pants on it,” he argues. That quickly segues into a series of jokes about treehouses, silent letters and public bathrooms, along with one more hilarious broadside at the garment industry.