Next up was Orooj, her expressions were even more comical than her jokes and she soon had the audience eating out of her hand. She began her set with a joke about the government ignoring environmental issues, followed by narcissism, growing up as a brown girl in a whitewashed society and the “beta shaadi kab karogi, bache kab karogi” dilemma. While talking about feminism and tabdeeli she said “I wish I could drop a hint of feminism on a house situated on top of a hill in bani gala” and people began hooting and cheering with great fervor. Orooj’s performance was followed by Meherbano’s hilarious set where she shed light on slut-shaming, Qandeel Baloch and the hypocrisy that our elitist women are reeking of. “My favorite hobby is to grab a coffee from Mocca and attend a protest outside the press club, to fight for inequality, after my 11-year-old servant irons my karandi white kurta,” she explained in her satirical act, she also touched the desi feminist movement i.e. “Khana khud garam karo” and had the audience falling off their chairs and hooting like hooligans.
The next performer Anusheh was introduced with a hilarious introduction “Our next performer deserves a round of applause because she crossed the border, yes she came from Pindi” and it left the audience in splits. She talked about the obsession with giving birth only to fair skinned children in desi households. While cracking a hilarious joke about fat-shaming she said: “My mom once told me, beta kapre sirf hanger pe hee ache lagte hain, while my nani the leader of the aunty brigade literally expected me to lose weight and get pregnant at the same time”. The audience really connected with Anusheh, who by the way is a Columbia graduate. While talking about living and studying in New York she exclaimed: “Now I’m too western liberal for my old friends and too middle class for new ones”. The audience seemed to love jokes about Hamza Ali Abbasi, Ali Zafar, and Imran Khan. Sehar Tariq’s comical performance was packed with energy, she obliterated rishta aunties, talked about the curse of being an only child, the self-righteousness of PTI supporters, not being able to tell a potential MIL that she studied “Women’s studies” in grad school due to a fear of being labelled as a feminist and resultantly being rejected by the potential husband and mother in law. In reference to Reham Khan’s book and the new supreme leader she said, “Any woman who wants to succeed should know how to use Kaali daal” and the audience burst out laughing. Sehar received a thunderous round of applause and she instantly became the audience’s favorite comedienne.
Sehar set the bar really high for the remaining performers but Anya managed to please the audience immediately, not only is she blessed with good looks but with a great humour as well. She talked about being raised in Islamabad with a foreign mother, consent or the lack thereof, being considered a gori in her own country and the audience’s favorite bulls eye i.e. Ali Zafar.
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