HT Brunch Game Show: Which celebrity takes on a joke best?

Abhishek Banerjee, 34actor

Abhishek likes SRK's respectful, witty jokes
Abhishek likes SRK’s respectful, witty jokes

What’s the funniest joke you’ve heard about yourself?

An airport security team joked that I carry guns in my pockets (like the character he played in Paatal locomotive).

What joke made you feel bad about it but kept a stoic face?

Someone said my face was only for comedy.

how did you get over it

By playing dark roles like Hathoda Tyagi.

Which joke would offend you?

Those against the handicapped.

What’s the funniest joke you’ve made about yourself?

It’s actually a joke someone else made about me, which used to make me feel bad.

What a celebrity sense of humor you like

Shah Rukh Khan. He shows respect and still cracks witty jokes.

Your favorite stand-up comedian?

Vipul Goyal for his clean jokes.

What do you do if your joke offends someone?

I would spend hours thinking about a comeback.

Shilpa Rao, 38, musicians and singers

Shilpa prefers Vir Das stand-up acts
Shilpa prefers Vir Das stand-up acts

What’s the funniest joke you’ve heard about yourself?

Meiyang Chang told me to wear a T-shirt that said, “I am Shilpa Rao.”

A joke that made you feel bad but kept a stoic face?

I’d rather have a conversation than make a stoic face.

how did you get over it

Knowing that everyone is human and can make mistakes.

Which joke would offend you?

Mocking someone’s uniqueness.

What’s the funniest joke you’ve made about yourself?

That I know everything, musically. (I’m still learning!)

What celebrity humor do you like?

Pankaj Tripathi and Manoj Bajpayee. They make everything look carefree.

Your favorite stand-up comedian?

Vir Das, for showing us what we are.

What do you do if your joke offends someone?

Apologize and learn from what I did wrong.

Adarsh ​​Gourav, 27, actor

Adarsh ​​laughs when a joke offends him
Adarsh ​​laughs when a joke offends him

What’s the funniest joke you’ve heard about yourself?

When I was a kid, relatives used to say to my cousins, “How big have you gotten!” but they asked me, “What are you going to eat?” because I was the youngest!

What joke made you feel bad about it but kept a stoic face?

none. I try not to take things too seriously.

how did you get over it

I laugh about it.

Which joke would offend you?

When something like a death has happened, a joke is in bad taste.

What’s the funniest joke you’ve made about yourself?

A guy wanted a selfie because he was a big fan of my show Tiger King. I said yes and thanked him for being a fan!

What celebrity humor do you like?

Farhan Akhtar and SRK for their joke.

Your favorite stand-up comedian?

Ricky Gervais.

What do you do if your joke offends someone?

Apologize and move on. Don’t justify it.

Actor Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars over a joke
Actor Will Smith hit comedian Chris Rock at the 2022 Oscars over a joke

And the winner is…Abhishek Banerjee

“Celebrate humanity by laughing at your mistakes”

“I’m most drawn to Abhishek’s approach to humor, particularly his use of recall in relation to his face, which is best suited to comedy roles. His self-deprecating wit and appreciation for it are also endearing,” says dad CJ.

“Perfection is exhausting. If you can learn to embrace authenticity, you will realize that everyone has flaws, and the best way to deal with them is to be able to laugh about them. After all, what better way to celebrate your humanity? There’s no one-size-fits-all answer to what not to joke about — it’s entirely contextual and varies from person to person. Offense has to do with intent. When people understand that your intention is benevolent, they are rarely offended,” he adds.

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From HT Brunch, June 11, 2022

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