The Great Indian Laughter Challenge

The Great Indian Laughter Challenge is an Indian reality stand-up comedy series produced by Endemol India. The first four seasons aired on STAR One from 15 June 2005 to 26 September 2008.[1][2][3] The show's fifth season premiered on 30 September 2017 on STAR Plus and was judged by Akshay Kumar.[4]

The Great Indian Laughter Challenge
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Country of originIndia
Original languageHindi
No. of seasons5
No. of episodes193
Production locationMumbai
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running timeapproximately 48 minutes
Production companyEndemol
Original networkSTAR One (season 1–4)
STAR Plus (season 5)
Picture format
Original release3 June 2005 (2005-06-03) –
30 December 2017 (2017-12-30)
Laughter Knights

The show is based on a format where stand-up comedians perform and entertain judges and the studio audience with their comedy skills. The first three seasons of the show saw Shekhar Suman, an eminent TV personality and Navjot Singh Sidhu, former cricketer, cricket color commentator and Punjab politician."[5] The show's initial episodes were hosted by Parizaad Kolah Marshall and later she was replaced by Shonali Nagrani. The fifth season is being hosted by Elli Avram. The set was designed by noted Bollywood production designer Nitin Chandrakant Desai.[6] In the fourth season, Shatrughan Sinha replaced Navjot Singh Sidhu as judge as per season.


In the first season, Sunil Pal was the winner, Ahsaan Qureshi was runner up and Raju Srivastava was second runner up. In the second season contestants from Pakistan were present and the winner Rauf Lala was from Pakistan. The third season was won by Kapil Sharma and the first runner up was Chandan Prabhakar both from Amritsar. Many other talented comedians like Siraj Khan, Sudesh Lehari, Rajiv Thakur, Bharti Singh, Navin Prabhakar, Jassi Kochar, Khayaali, Dipoo Srivastava, Ahsaan Qureshi have appeared in the show.

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.

Recently the first woman to participate was Aarti Kandpal. The fourth season's finalists were Rasbihari Gaur, Bharti Singh, Suresh Albela, and a duo Sikander Sanam-Wali Sheikh (veteran stage comedians from Pakistan). The winner for the fourth season after a tough laughter war was Suresh Albela.

Season 5 had 3 mentors Zakir Khan, Hussain Dalal and Mallika Dua later replaced by Sajid Khan and Shreyas Talpade who along with Akshay Kumar, will select 12 finalists who will compete for the title.

Season I 2005Edit

Season II 2006Edit

  • Rauf Lala (Winner)[7]
  • Rajeev Nigam (Runner-up)
  • Khayali
  • Pratap Faujdar
  • Irfan Malik and Ali Hassan (Pakistan)
  • Amanullah (Guest Appearance)
  • Dr. Tushar Shah
  • Rajkumar Javkar
  • Saransh Bhardwaj (guest appearance)[8]
  • Gaurav K. Jha

Season III 2007Edit

Season IV 2008Edit

Winner of season 4, Suresh Albela.
  • Suresh Albela (Winner )
  • Sikandar Sanam (First Runner-up) (Pakistan)
  • Bharti Singh (Second runner-up)
  • Rasbihari Gaur (Third runner-up)
  • Sunil Thakkar (Houston, TX)
  • Wali Sheikh (Pakistan)
  • Jaswant Singh
  • Srikant Maski
  • Ramdas Yeole
  • Rehan Jamal (Pakistan)
  • Sugandha Mishra
  • Vinod Rathore
  • Anirudh Madesia

Season V - 2017Edit


  1. ^ "Star One's The Great Indian Laughter Challenge Dwitiya clocks the highest ever ratings". 8 July 2006. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  2. ^ "The great Indian Laughter Challenge 3". 16 May 2007. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  3. ^ "The Great Indian Laughter Challenge 4 airs every Friday & Saturday on Star One". Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  4. ^ "Akshay Kumar to judge The Great Indian Laughter Challenge; releases the teaser". The Times of India. Retrieved 2 July 2017.
  5. ^ "Charge of the laugh brigade judging the show". The Telegraph. 21 November 2005. Archived from the original on 29 June 2006. Retrieved 2 March 2013.
  6. ^ Javed Jaffrey’s spoof on budget desires Screen (magazine), Chaya Unnikrishnan. 3 March 2006.
  7. ^ "Rauf Lala wins Laughter Challenge".
  8. ^ "Sam & Saransh".

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