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Monday, October 15, 2012

Local Tea Party, SA and Evam’s Stand Up Tamasha!




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 Imagine what all could go wrong at work. Just imagine every little thing. Now, that is exactly what happened to me at work . The previous week went as bad as it could get and I was desperately waiting for the weekend. You know why, I’d plans with my friends :-)

Yes, we are a bunch of crazy people (read Chennai Bloggers) who would travel all over the city just to taste good food. So When ‘Eat Chennai’ was happening we definitely had to go there and try out all those ‘Street Food’. Plus there was this Stand Up Tamasha by Evam, and I heard it was not something to be missed. So we made plans for both.

Initially we had decided to go the for Stand Up Event. Then we had to cancel that plan due to the unavailability of tickets, and then somehow we got tickets and in a matter of an hour we changed all our plans and headed out to the Museum Theatre in Egmore (After having made a short stop at the Alsa mall, entrance. If you are from Chennai, you would know what exactly I’m talking about, else read about it here). So much of a drama, even before the actual drama!

Now, when was the last time I laughed for two hours straight, with tears in my eyes?

When was the last time my cheeks and hands hurt badly since I was laughing and clapping a lot?

Well, I seriously do not remember when it happened last, but it all happened on that Saturday. This was the first time I was going for a Stand Up Comic and it absolutely blew us away. The performers were brilliant and had us in splits throughout the event. I was like, Hey can you just wait for me to finish laughing at the previous joke, before you throw another one at me!

One might wonder what these people would have done to keep the audience laughing for every joke of theirs, every second. Their performances included a lot of aspects which everyone could easily relate to. I am sure that was the major plus point. Be it about the TamBrams ,Software Engineers, Sports aficionados or about one’s experiences on their first trip to the their promising land as well as their experiences in  Chennai/USA, I could see myself there and relate to it very easily.  It happens with everyone, but the way these people had taken the same instances of life and portrayed it was remarkable. If I said that, you would probably say “Hmm.ok” and move on. But when they said it, they made sure that every soul in the audience gave in to the riotous laughter.  It takes more than just telling a joke and holding up a mike to be a Stand Up comic, and I’m sure it is not as easy as it would seem. Definitely not!

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After an entertaining two hours, we had this post session interaction for which we decided to stay. Basically you could talk to the performers and ask them anything about their performances. Just as we were heading to the front rows, I noticed one of the performers stand right behind us, and  we went over and asked him if by any chance he was the famous “Local Tea Party” of twitter, since I’d noticed certain similarities in his speaking style. Not that I’ve heard Local Tea Party speak earlier, but I’ve read his blogs and follow him on twitter. He said, he was not the Local Tea Party, in a tone I could not comprehend as to whether he had taken it as a compliment or an insult. We then got to know we were talking with Aravind, another of Chennai’s Twitter Celebrities, But he said that Local Tea Party was very much there and he introduced us. 

Yes, wait for it...Chennai’s Legendary Local Tea Party :-)

And you know what, When I said “Hi,I’m Ashwini” he said “Oh yea, I know you!”. Would you believe that? The celebrity was able to place me, thanks to the few replies that I had tweeted and my blog as well. Man, I was on cloud nine.

So then we headed out for the interaction, and every performer spoke to us about how they get on with the whole concept. They were so casual in the way they interacted with us. We spoke to Bhargav, the director who deserved all the credit for bringing everyone together in the same stage and giving us audience nothing short of an outstanding show. We were then told about the Finale and another Stand Up Act. With assurance that we would get tickets for the next day we left the Museum Theatre on Saturday night, only to go there on Sunday evening for another round of riotous laughter.Yes I ditched Eat Chennai for this. Sunday’s show took it to a new level and I’ve just no words to describe. It was one Awesome Show.

Over all, I had the best weekend, after a long long time. For the few hours that I was there, I completely lost track of the world that I belonged to and went into another entirely different world, where all I did was laugh and enjoy. One special Whislte for Aravind, Yudi, Ashwin Rao, Rajeev, TMK, Bala Kumaran, , Karthik Kumar, Amrutha , Naveen  and of course, The Local Tea Party :-)


37 comments:

  1. I am so glad that i could catch up on the second show atleast...and as for what happened after the show (with local tea party) i have written about it on my blog....samething/different perspective Ash...

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  2. Nice to have so many bloggers around for company Ashwini. And yes, it was one of the best weekends for you! And I also think this could be one of the many weekends you will have in the near future :)

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    1. I know Binu. These days I hang out more with my Blogger friends than friends from work/college. And with so many things all happening at once here, it was just awesome :-)

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  3. Sounds so much fun!!

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  4. Seems llke so much fun - All this happening when I'm not in town - Why god why? :P

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    1. Hey, where you in the city recently? And yea, too many things all happening at the same time here, we Chennaites are hard pressed for time :-D

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  5. Should try it out on my next Chennai Visit....Sounds like a super dooper event!

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    1. It was too good. You should definitely try to catch up with their Stand up Comics if you get the chance to!

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  6. That was FUNtastic weekend, oh my so many things :D sounds super fun

    BTW I am Ramya ;)

    pls say that you know me cause now you are real celebrity and star cause people know you by tweets and blogs :D

    :) Loved every bit of the post felt like I was part of that fun group :D

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    1. Aww...That was the sweetest thing to say. Thank you Ramya :-)

      And just because I know a few celebrities would not make me a celebrity, Though I am secretly enjoying that compliment you gave me :D

      Next time you are in Chennai, we should definitely meet up :-)

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  7. Wow...cool..looks like an overly enjoyed weekend for you..:) I have never been to stand up comic shows..Wanted to go for one from a long time. Hope you have a good week for the rest of the week too.

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    1. Overly Enjoyed Indeed :-) Thank you for the wishes, I need them, a lot :-)

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  8. Funtimes are welcome anytime and you seem to have had your share Ashwini on weekend:) Enjoy manymore including fame as a prominent blogger!

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    1. Touchwood Sir. I had an awesome weekend after a long time. Every minute was too good. Thank you sir :-) Prominent Blogger or not, I am glad to get compliments from eminent bloggers like you :-)

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  9. You should have published some of the jokes that made you laugh so much in the post :)

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    1. Ah no, I would not want to spoil the essence of the joke by writing it. They need to be narrated and only certain people are capable of narrating it the right way :-)

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  10. I read this post in morning but my phone would not let me post a comment so had to wait till i had it up on my laptop.

    a lovely read early in the morning set the tone for the day for sure :) and you know my motto fun time is any time :) I would love ot meet more bloggers especially with all that I talk and share a joke or two now and then ..

    next time I a come to chennai I am surly going to shout out to you :) and hey hey hey let me cheat too as Ramya says please tell me that you know me :)

    have a great day

    Bikram's

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    1. Thank you Bikram :-)
      Having fun with people who you are comfortable with, specially after a hectic week, is always welcome.

      Next time you come to Chennai, We should definitely meet up. I'll introduce you to our Chennai Bloggers , I promise you a wonderful and memorable time here with the people and the place :-)

      And Ah, Bikram..Me the famous? Sorry..you are even more famous than me :D

      P.S. Sorry for the inconvenience.I had trouble replying to other's comments too. Don't know what went wrong.

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  11. All sounds like a huge amount of fun!
    Thanks so much for visiting my blog and commenting!!

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    1. Thank you :-). Yes we had a wonderful time. And you have a lovely blog :-)

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  12. A person essentially help to make seriously articles I might state. That is the very first time I frequented your web page and to this point? I surprised with the research you made to make this actual publish amazing. Fantastic job!

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  13. Awesome. It just went the other way for me. Landed at Eat Chennai, met some twitter celebs, cursed the food and walked away. :)

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    1. Oh you went there? My Friends got me Rabdi from there. It was too good. Wanted to make it to Eat Chennai, but had to choose between that and the StandUp.
      Yea, it was Awesome :-)

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    1. Thank you :-), By the way was that a compliment or again pulling me leg? God knows, I'll take it as a compliment :-)

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  15. Sounds like a fun time. I just got back from a vacation -- happy times :).

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  16. That sounds like a fantastic time, Ashwini! :-) The closest I've come to stand up comedy is S Ve Sekhar's dramas and an in-person conversation, long ago. I really enjoyed reading this. Glad to meet you. Thanks for your comment on my post over at Parentous.

    Cheers! Vidya

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    1. Thank You Vidhya :-) Glad that you liked it :-)

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  17. It is always so nice to have a good weekend after a not so good week. The show sounds very inviting! I especially loved the interaction session, it helps connect the audience so much more. I wish you have many more of such fun weekends and weeks too :)

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    1. Thank You Arti :-) Yes, it's always nice to spend a weekend like this, it was so rejuvenating. As you'd mentioned the interactive session was really good, we spoke to all the performers and they seemed so casual. It was a very nice experience!

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  18. That is so awesome to have a bunch of wonderful friends to hang out with. I am jealous of you “Chennai bloggers”. Just kidding. Am so happy you all have so much fun together. Stand up acts are really funny and it has been a long time since I saw one. I think it was back in my college days.

    And wow.. you are quite a celebrity. That is so awesome. Plzz remember me! :P

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    1. Yes Raj, it's so much fun, that too to have a gang for company. And Oh, You too Raj? Lol :-) me, the famous :-)

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  19. Of course you are famous! :) And rightly so. You are a wonderful writer. :)

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