The monsoon is here, finally! Don’t rainy days just make you want to stay at home, brew up a cuppa, make some pakodas and watch something while you eat them? Look no further, we’ve got you covered for the ‘watch something’ part. Here’s a list of 5 (seasonal) standup comedy videos about rains and the love-hate relationship people have with them.
AAKASH MEHTA – BAARISH
In this video, Akash Mehta makes a strong argument for why rains and Mumbai are a deadly combo. He empathises with the common Mumbaikar during the monsoon, what with the swimming pool-sized potholes and crumbling city infrastructure they have to navigate on their way to work and back. All this circles back to his opening punchline where he asks people who moved to Mumbai to “leave” because there are too many people and too little space. We’re sure the people travelling in Mumbai’s local trains would agree!
MOHD SUHEL – BAARISH
A true Mumbaikar, Suhel also takes aim at the city for being underprepared despite the fact that the monsoon happens every year. He also highlights how unpredictable rains are and how an average Mumbaikar learns to live with the inconveniences they bring every year. Watch it for Suhel’s deadpan bit about how Mumbaikars’ take perverse pride in how lethal their city’s monsoon can be.
SUNDEEP SHARMA – BOMBAY KI BAARISH BRO
Uttar Pradesh native Sundeep Sharma embodies every migrant’s bemusement at this city’s complicated relationship with water in this five-year-old video, touching upon everything from tap water shortages to farzi weather forecasting and everything in between. Watch it for an exceptionally well-performed bit about being hoodwinked into missing work because of the Mumbai weather’s capriciousness.
MANDAR BHIDE – MUMBAI RAINS, TRAFFIC & OSAMA
Another Mumbaikar, another baarish-hater. In this ten-minute clip. Bhide aims his fire-hose of scorn at all the small, familiar annoyances Mumbai’s specific brand of rain has to offer. From its horizontal descent to over-sensitive TV antennas and that umbrella from last monsoon that you just can’t find anymore, he ticks it all off the list. There’s also darker material about killer manholes and how theological debates suddenly seem unimportant when you’re in close proximity to death. Watch it for that last punchline alone.
RADHIKA VAZ – ROMANTIC STUFF YOU CAN DO WHEN IT RAINS
In this short clip, Radhik Vaz offers up a surprising little comparison between Mumbai’s monsoon and her own post-menopausal body, before setting her sights on the city’s stubborn insistence that rains are romantic, despite all evidence to the contrary. Over-enthusiastic listicle writers also come in for some well-deserved fire (though we hope this is one Mumbai monsoon listicle that Vaz will approve of.)