Kapil had a successfully running show “Comedy Nights With Kapil” on Colors but due to a fallout with the channel, he has now joined Sony Entertainment Television for his new show which features the same team of comedians, consisting of Sunil Grover, Ali Asgar, Kiku Sharda, Sumona Chakravarti and Chandan Prabhakar.
Asked why he has retained the same team and not added fresh faces, he said, “Fresh faces might work for films but there are very few people with perfect comedy timing in our industry.
“Secondly, I have been friends with some of them for so long like I have known Chandan since school, worked with Ali and Sunil for so long, so we know each other’s strength, each others timing….”
“We are able to look at each other and we know that the person has forgotten his line so now we have to cover him up… this kind of tuning is rather difficult to achieve,” he added.
Talking about the people who might have a problem with the content of the show, Kapil quipped that if people are commenting over the show it means they watch it.
“If people are commenting over our content then it means they watch it. People keep commenting on something or the other anyways. For instance, I make jokes and pull my wife’s (essayed by Sumona) leg a lot… people commented on that too,” said the “Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon” actor.
“There are a lot of jokes that we make, it keeps happening in our society, around us. If we don’t pull our friend’s leg, then how do you define friendship? This is part of the relationship. We try not to have below-the-belt jokes, which is our USP. We have children watching our show and obviously the parents trust us enough that their children can watch us and that is something we will and want to retain,” he added.
With ongoing questions which are being raised about the freedom of speech, Kapil commented that he and the team are now “very careful with our comedy topics and words otherwise we are jailed”.
“I feel that people should not take their lives so seriously and waste energy. In foreign land, people joke about their religion, their god, they make jokes about their president too,” he said.
“You should be a little open to humour and jokes,” he added.