Punjabi Dramas are semi-improvised comedy stage plays popular in the Punjab region of Pakistan.
The plays are scripted but actors and performers are given enough freedom to add humor along the way while staying within boundaries. Punjabi dramas are characterized by taunts which are almost entirely of an adult nature, although this is at many times done through word play which implies something else.
Later on actors of Faisalabad became famous in the scene and choreographed dances on Punjabi film songs where also introduced which increased the popularity of these stage shows considerably. Sometimes the plays also carry a moral.
Audience and popularity
Punjabi dramas are popular with the lower and middle class and were made famous through distribution on CD's in the mid and late 1990s. Punjabi dramas are now also finding their way into upper-middle-class homes as they become ever more popular. Recently, due availability of these dramas on YouTube, they have also become increasingly popular in Punjab region of India.
Genre of comedy
Punjabi dramas are semi-improvisational. Mostly actors keep going on for several minutes, taunting each other.
Women in the stage shows are shown normally of ill repute and this is made very clear through the taunts they get from male actors. Famous people such as Cricket players, Pakistani and Indian film stars and even celebrities from Western culture such as Jackie Chan, Michael Jackson, Colonel Sanders of KFC are used in humor.
Venues and tours
Stage shows are mostly concentrated in Lahore, Faisalabad, Gujranwala and other Punjab cities and also go on tours abroad to the United Kingdom, where stage shows are distributed through DVDs.