The Great Indian Laughter Challenge 1 is a stand-up comedian’s competition show on Indian television. It is a platform for stand-up comedians cum performers to show their comedy skills to judges, live audience and television viewers.
The Great Indian Laughter Challenge premiered on Star One in India in the year 2005. The show is broadcasted every Friday. The show has completed successful four seasons. The last season was launched on the 6th of June year 2008. The first three seasons were judged by Navjot Singh Sidhu, former cricketer and commentator and Shekhar Suman, a famous TV personality. In the fourth season Shekhar Suman was replaced by Shatrughan Sinha, a popular actor and politician. Initially the show was hosted by Parizaad Kolah Marshall and was replaced by Shonali Nagrani.
Hilarious stories and humorous anecdotes added with Sidhu’s humorous "Sidhuisms" made viewers fall off their seats laughing and became popular overnight. The production house, Endemol, won the Best Mini SeFries award in 2006 at ITA Award. In the same year the show was awarded as the Best Comedy Series by Star Guild. This combat for the laughter title was not just between Indian contestants but there were contestants from Pakistan also. The first season challenge was won by Sunil Pal. The winner of the second season was Rauf Lala from Pakistan. Kapil Sharma, presently hosting his own show Comedy Nights with Kapil, is the winner of third season. Suresh Albela is the winner of fourth season. The major cast of the show are:
1. Parizad Kolah
Parizad Kolah is a television actress and model. She studied at H.R. College. She worked in theater and also a runway model. She appeared in a Bollywood movie, Main Prem Ki Diwani Hoon. She married Navroze Marshall, a businessman in 2005 and they have a daughter. She has hosted The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.
2. Shonali Nagrani
Shonali Nagrani, a TV anchor, was born on 20 December 1981 in Delhi. She studied at Good Shepherd English School and Army Public School in New Delhi. She graduated in 1997 from Shri Ram College, New Delhi. Her father is a retired Indian Navy officer. She married Shiraz Bhattacharya.
Shonali was a first runner up at Femina Miss India beauty contest 2003 and represented Miss World 2003 where she stood first runner up. As a television anchor she notably has known for hosting the IPL. She hosted IPL for 4 consecutive years. She is the first Indian woman to host a worldwide telecasted TV show. On television she hosted shows like Popcorn on Zoom TV. She hosted award functions like IIFA for Star Plus in 2007, GIIMA for Sony TV. She also hosted Mr. and Mrs. TV on Sony and a reality show Salaam-e-Ishq on Star One. She was a participant in Khatron Ke Khiladi in 2009 and Big Boss season 5. She appeared in a cameo role in Rab Ne Bana Di Jodi and Dil Bole Hadippa. She was replaced Parizad Kolah in The Great Indian Laughter Challenge.
3. Shekhar Suman
Shekhar Suman was born on December 7, 1962. He is a film and television actor and also a singer. He married Alka Kapur on 04 May 1984 and they have a son named Adhyayan Suman who is now a Bollywood actor. His older son named Aayush died due to illness at the age of 11.
He did television shows like Dekh Bhai Dekh, Vilayati Babu, Reporter, Kabhi Idhar Kabhi Udhar. Movers n Shakers and Simply Shekhar is adapted from The Tonight Show hosted by Jay Leno. He hosted Dial One aur Jeeto on Sahara TV and quiz shows like Nilaam Ghar aired on Zee TV and He-Man telecasted on Star One. Along with Navjot Singh Sidhu he judged The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, a standup comedy show. However, he quit at the end of third season. Later on, he became the judge of another comedy show Comedy Circus. He participated on Jhalak Dikhlaja telecasted on Sony TV. He released his music album Kuch Khwaab Aise. He appeared on Raaz Pichle Janam, a TV reality show.
4. Navjot Singh Sidhu
Navjot Singh Sidhu, a former Indian cricketer and commentator, was born on 20 October 1963 in Patiala, Punjab. He studied law from Punjabi University. After retirement he took up TV commentary and politics. In 2004 he was elected as the member of Lok Sabha from Amritsar representing BJP party. However he resigned from politics following conviction. He is President of World Jat Aryan Foundation. He married Navjot Kaur Sidhu, a doctor by profession and also a member of Legislative Assembly in Punjab.
He made his debut in cricket with an international match against the West Indies in 1983. He played the 1987 Cricket World Cup He made his first century against Pakistan in Sharjah. He gave many best performances in his cricket career. His only double century in test series came in1997. He is popularly known for cracking sixes, he made 8 sixes against Sri Lanka in 1993-1994. He retired from cricket in December 1999. Overall, he played 50 test matches and more than 100 one day internationals scoring more than 7000 runs. In his cricket career of 18 years he made 27 centuries. In cricket world he earned nick names like Sixer Sidhu and Jonty singh.
From 2001 he started as a commentator. As a commentator he is popularly called as Sidhuisms. He worked with Ten Sports and ESPN Star Sports as a Hindi commentator. On television he appeared as judge for The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Funjabi Chak De. He participated in Bigg Boss 6 and voluntarily exit the show as he was participating in elections. He is currently appearing on Comedy Nights with Kapil on Colors TV.