Indian comedy on YouTube used to be dominated by Bollywood and established TV show stars. But a new breed of comics have begun producing original content, creating some of the most viral videos around with witty sketches and standup takes on everything from Bollywood clichés and melodramatic soaps to Indian politics and hyper-aggressive television news

Yet, India’s comics walk a razor-thin line between amusing and offending. In February this year, the producers of the wildly popular All India Bakchod was forced to pull down AIB Knockout, a filmed roast of Bollywood actors Arjun Kapoor and Ranveer Singh, after protests and a state government investigation over the allegedly vulgar nature of the content. By then, though, the video had got over eight million views and AIB had become a household name. Read more…

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