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Star India ropes in AIB for news comedy series

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MUMBAI: Star India has roped in India's premier comedy collective All India Bakchod (AIB) for new news comedy series called On Air with AIB.



 

The show will go on air in October and have 10 English and 10 Hindi episodes. It will first release on Star's OTT platform Hotstar, followed by weekend airing on Star World and Star Plus.

All four members of AIB - Gursimran Khamba, Tanmay Bhat, Rohan Joshi and Ashish Shakya synchronously said, "We have no idea why anyone in their right minds would ask us to inflict our views on unsuspecting audiences. Also, we live in such a perfect country where everything is amazing and where the maddening, infuriating and often silly state of affairs is not a comedic goldmine, so why would you have us do news comedy? But we're doing this because we want to see what it's like to be on a show that requires us to put on pants."



 

Taking a cue from insult comedy, which AIB is infamous for, Star India CEO Uday Shankar added, "I am told that based on extensive, exhaustive research, AIB are considered mildly entertaining and we should give them a show on our network. I have complete faith that we will regret this in the months to come."       

Star India digital head Ajit Mohan said, "We are sort of excited to bring AIB's brand of mature humor to our platform. This may be the start of a new era of quality content in India, I am told. Janta hamein maaf karein." 

On Air with AIB will be a weekly series with English and Hindi episodes dropping simultaneously on Hotstar on Thursdays and on Star World and Star Plus on Sundays.

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