Some months back, a satirical video of a girl on ‘what if people from the Northeast were asked the kind of stereotypical questions that they are often asked’ went viral on social media. It was a smartly done funny video, which was an effort to erase stereotypes that people typically have towards people from the Northeast of India.
The short video was of Merenla Imsong a.k.a. Miss Imsong, as she is more popularly known in the online world. She usually does these short video sketches, and has a Facebook and a Youtube page where she puts up all her videos. Her videos are funny, witty and at times random yet hysterical.
Miss Imsong is from Kohima, Nagaland, and is currently based in Mumbai.
She recently spoke to us in this exclusive interview:
What led you to make these funny videos?
It was accidental. My cousin made a video of me trying to pull off a fake accent and sent it to his cousins. Somehow, the video went viral and in the next few days, I had friends and family messaging and calling me up. So I thought making a page where I could post such videos would be a good idea.
When you started off, were you confident about finding an audience for your jokes?
I was not confident because at the end of the day you are putting yourself out there and whether you like it or not people will judge, observe and criticize. I know my audience is small but if I manage to make even a handful of people laugh then I think I’ve done my job.
Who is your favourite comedian/stand up artiste/you tube personality?
I love Trevor Noah. He is effortless and talks about relevant things. Then there is Ylvis brothers from Norway with their hilarious songs, and some Saturday Night Live. I also love Key and Peele sketches, which are just pure comedic genius.
Are you inspired by someone?
I guess, inspiration can come from anywhere. There’s a man at the Juhu Circle who holds placards with messages of love. He just stands there and smiles at everyone. He makes me happy.
What do you think about the new-age, currently evolving Indian comedy scene? Do you think they are funny? Is there anyone in particular you like?
There has been a huge leap in the Indian comedy scene in the past few years, the rise of platforms such as AIB, TVF, and SNG have definitely brought in a new wave of comedy and performance. You can see that the youth have started to look up to comedians because they are projecting what the youth think. It’s not just about making people laugh anymore—a good comedian takes an important topic and dissects it—and presents it to their audience in a relatable way while still trying to find humour in the situation. I love Daniel Fernandes’s content, Kenny Sebastian’s point of view and Biswa Kalyan Rath’s delivery.
How important do you think it is for a comedian to be political? Or do you think everyone is political?
I think we are all political to a certain degree, just that comedians have a platform to vent out, so we are perceived to be more political than others.
One day at a time! The aim is to be a better version of myself and never lose my sense of humour.
Do you want to miss out on this intelligent comedian? Follow her Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/missimsong/?ref=br_rs.
Written by Sanskrita Bharadwaj