Just like successful social awareness movements, good comedy can change perspectives.
In a way, it holds up a mirror to society and forces it to challenge realities it habitually ignores. Often, during a stand-up, the comedian pauses for the audience to reflect on a joke. It seems making someone uncomfortable might be the first step to changing minds and behaviours. making the audience feel uncomfortable forces them to think and once this is established, new mindsets can be created.
Here’s how three Tamil comics are using observational comedy to start important conversations around stereotypes within their community:
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