You must be joking! Bringing the house down in hysterics at rib-tickling final of The Great Laughter Challenge

You must be joking! Bringing the house down in hysterics at rib-tickling final of The Great Laughter Challenge

The funny four finalists of 2007’s unique television comedy event, STAR TV’s The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, brought the roof down at Riverside Studios, Hammersmith on 24th November, in what proved to be an extremely close final showdown in front of a studio audience and panel of celebrity judges that were left aching with laughter in their seats. The craziest comedy event of the year will be exclusively broadcast on STAR One on 23rd December at 9.00pm.

Presented by comedy kingpin, Jeff Mirza, there was a riot of laughs at the London studio as onlookers were entertained by the comedy of capers and sharp one-liners from the crème of Asian comedy talent, which had been painstakingly selected from the barrels of laughs that poured in by way of video entries to the website, www.startvprizes.com, or by the jokes that were recited on the hotline number.

The panel of celebrity judges, which comprised Kulvinder Ghir (Goodness Gracious Me), Pooja Shah (Eastenders, Bend It Like Beckham) and Shazia Mirza (comedian) had their work cut out for them, as they had the near impossible task of selecting one lucky winner from the pool of comedy talent before them. The joker in the pack was awarded a once-in-a-lifetime trip to India, where they will be invited onto the set of STAR One’s superhit show, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge – India’s rip-roaring answer to Last Comic Standing, and now a TV comedy institution in its own right.

The fantastic four who went head to head in the laugh-off to win the STAR prize were: Manchester-based business tycoon, Gurbachan Chadha, who entertained the audience with a string of sharp-witted one-liners; Ilford-based computer program manager, Rajesh Srivastava, who wowed the crowd with his impeccable mimicry skills that mastered near to 20 Bollywood stars; Bournemouth-based software developer and Punjabi prankster, Mandeep Singh, who cracked up the celebrity panel of judges with his inimitable repertoire of classic Punjabi anecdotes; and larger than life Mancunian sales assistant, Mani Liaqat, whose hysterical performance included rather wobbly renditions of Bipasha Basu’s Beedi Jalaile and Beyonce’s Crazy In Love.

A tough final decision was made and the winner announced by the panel of judges, after one of the most hysterical television comedy events of the year, and all will be revealed when the fun-filled finale is broadcast on STAR One on 23rd December at 9.00pm

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