Stand up comedy lacks humour: Rakesh Bedi

New Delhi: He has enthralled audiences with his acting since the `80s but funnyman Rakesh Bedi feels that comedy today, especially stand up acts, lack humour.

Bedi who is best known for playing the happy go-lucky, unemployed younger brother Raja in `Yeh Jo Hai Zindagi`, says that stand-up comedy is forceful humour, which does not last long.

"Stand-up comedy is not real comedy. It does make you laugh but then it does not last long. It feels like one is forced to laugh. And it lacks humour," Bedi told PTI.

"I have also done stand-up comedy, but I didn`t continue for long. I didn`t enjoy it as I am an actor. I enjoy working in a team not as an individual. It brings out humour in the best possible way," he said.

Bedi, who started his career as a supporting actor in the 1979 film `Hamare Tumhare` starring Sanjeev Kumar, went on to act in over 150 films and many TV serials. He says that he has survived so long because he chose to do quality work.

"I have survived so long because I always enjoyed my work. I worked hard and gave my best, not second best. Had I not done all that, I wouldn`t have been able to reach where I am today. I enjoy my work and I make sure that I always do quality work," he said.

Bedi`s bio boasts of some memorable works like the 1981 film `Chashme Buddoor` and several hit TV serials such as `Shrimaan Shrimati` in which he played Dilruba, Mohan Srivastava in 1999 hit series `Yes Boss` and also `Hum Sab Ek Hain`.

He will be next seen on the small screen as Jagan Mama on Sab TV`s new show, `Chintu Chinki aur Ek Badi Si Love Story`.

"Its a very interesting role. I am the common thread between the two protagonists and help them fall in love. I also add a lot of drama to their life because my character thinks that love life should not be smooth," Bedi said.

The show has Divyanka Tripathi and Rajesh Kumar in the lead and will air from April 22.


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