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The Great Indian Laughter Challenge
Genre Comedy
Format Standup comedy
Country of origin  India
Language(s) Hindi
No. of seasons 4
Camera setup Multi-camera
Running time Approx. 48 minutes
Original channel STAR One
Picture format SDTV: 480i
Followed by Laughter Knights
Related shows Comedy Circus

The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is one of the very successful reality shows on Indian television. It is a competition of stand up comedians that is presented on STAR One. Produced by Endemol India, the fourth series of the show launched on June 6, 2008.



It has run through three seasons where stand-up comedians and performers from different places came together and showed their comedy skills to judges, live audience and people. The show was judged by Shekhar Suman, an eminent TV personality and Navjot Singh Sidhu who a famous former cricketer and cricket commentator from India, known for his humorous "Sidhuisms." The show's initial episodes were hosted by Parizaad Kolah and later she was replaced by Shonali Nagrani. The set was designed by noted Bollywood production designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai [1]

In the first season, Sunil Pal was the winner whereas Ahsaan Qureshi was a close second. In the second season contestants from Pakistan were also present and the winner Rauf Lala was also from Pakistan. The third season was won by Kapil Sharma from Amritsar. The judges for the grand finale, included Umer Sharif, the legendary Pakistani performer.

The first two seasons were followed by another show The Great Indian Laughter Champions which included top performers of the previous shows. Here also the judges were Sidhu and Shekar including some celebrity guests as well.

The fourth season features judges Navjot Singh Sidhu and popular actor-politician Shatrughan Sinha, who has replaced Shekhar Suman. Recently the first woman to participate was Aarti Kandpal. The fourth season's finalists were Rasbihari Gaur, From Ajmer Rajasthan, Bharti Singh, Suresh Albela, From Kota Rajasthan and a duo from Pakistan. The winner for the fourth season after a tough laughter war was Suresh Albela and the Pakistani duo were the first runner up.

Great Indian Laughter Challenge I Results

Great Indian Laughter Challenge II Results

  • Rauf Lala (Pakistan)
  • Rajeev Nigam (Mumbai)
  • Pratap Fauzdar (Agra) & Khyali (Chandigarh) (TIE)
  • Irfan Malik & Ali Hasan (partners) (Pakistan)
  • Dr. Tushar Shah (Mumbai)
  • Raj Kumar & Rancho (Monkey Puppet)

Great Indian Laughter Challenge III Results

  • Kapil Sharma (Amritsar)
  • Chandan Prabhakar (Amritsar)
  • Sudesh Lehri (Amritsar)
  • Pervez Siddqui (Pakistan)
  • Rajiv Thakur (Amritsar)
  • Kuldeep Dube (Shivpuri, Madhya Pradesh)

Great Indian Laughter Challenge IV Results


  1. ^ Javed Jaffrey’s spoof on budget desires Screen (magazine), Chaya Unnikrishnan. March 03, 2006.


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