"A stand-up comedy routine, until it’s not". Brahman/i: a One-Hijra Stand-up Comedy Show.

Angela Zottola


This paper is meant to be a consideration on the difference between  - as Chiaro (2010) puts it - ‘laughing with’ and ‘laughing at’ someone, when humor is performed in and by a multi-cultural and multi-gendered setting. It will be conducted through an analysis of a stand-up comedy show/play: Brahman/i: a one-Hijra stand-up comedy show, followed by an interview with the playwright Aditi Brennan Kapil. In her work, Kapil puts together humor, post-colonialism, gender issues and the struggles that sometimes life can put people through. The research aims at highlighting the way in which verbally expressed humor becomes a means to represent an identity which not only does not conform to the binary and heteronormative definitions of gender as imposed by society, but, at the same time, is also situated in a cultural and geographical limbo.

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