The Funny Fish


So right after the meetup on Sunday, Huma and I headed off to see Blackfish – Pakistan’s first improvisational comedy troupe. Last summer, I saw every Blackfish show, with the result that I would often run to Agha’s Supermarket days in advance yelling “I need ONE ticket”, before they sold out. Anyhoo, so Blackfish has gone through a lot of changes, former emcee and the creator of the group, Saad Haroon, has left alongwith Sanam [who you can now see on one of the most irritating TV shows in Pakistan – IM’s Cafe Current], and the troupe has a new member – Olsen.

While I think its fair that the troupe needs time to adjust to tehse changes, it was disappointing to see a couple of completely blah segments, including the Scene in a Minute one, which used to be rib-cracking funny, was completely botched up because one of the troupe members didn’t know the basic premise of – Little Red Riding Hood. The mind boggles, I know. The suggestions from the crowd were mundane, and I recall from older shows that such suggestions were completely ignored. However, just the fact that Blackfish is performing regularly again, and that Sundays won’t be mindnumbingly boring anymore is enough to keep me going through the week.

Blackfish performs on Sunday, 24th July at PACC – Tickets are for Rs.200 and will be available at Agha’s Supermarket in a couple of days.

6 Comments so far

  1. Rizvi (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 1:06 pm

    good work gurl . Irritating Hell yeah !!

  2. Abbas Halai (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 10:27 pm

    so who all comprises of the current team? faris and sami and yasser still there?

  3. saba (unregistered) on July 19th, 2005 @ 11:20 pm

    Current team has Sami, Faris, Yasir, Cyrus, Ishma and the new guy.

  4. huma (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 1:18 am

    yep, faris, sami and yasir are still there, yasir was a surprise actually since i heard he’d left blackfish.

  5. abbas halai (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 1:31 am

    well if you see the three of them again, cuss at them on my behalf freely. =)

    i suppose while you’re at it, tell those buggers i said hi and to check their email once in a while too. heh.

  6. Saadie (unregistered) on July 20th, 2005 @ 2:55 am

    Good to c they are back and regular :)

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