Digital has given comic talent, across the world, a platform to not only create content but also monetise it. Leading the pack in this direction is Google's video streaming platform YouTube which has given us content creators or YouTubers like All India Bakchod (AIB), The Viral Fever and Being Indian, among others.
To give fresh new talent a platform, YouTube India has launched 'The Comedy Hunt' - a talent hunt show which aims to discover budding comic talent across the country. The hunt will be for India's next big comedy star on YouTube. Some of the best comedians from the country will guide, set tasks and inspire aspiring creators on this journey. Some of the mentors include Jusreign, East India Company, SNG, Shudh Desi Endings MOAR and AIB.
Any individual or team above 18 years of age can participate in the contest by setting up a YouTube channel and uploading a three-minute-long entry (video). Participants with pre-existing YouTube channels are allowed to submit a video for the Comedy Hunt, as long as their YouTube channel does not have more than 5000 subscribers, as on June 1, 2015. In such cases, videos created and uploaded before June 1, 2015 are not eligible for submission.
Entry videos can be in any language. However, subtitles must be added to videos that are in languages other than English or Hindi. The last date for uploading entries is July 26, 2015.
The contest will be judged in three stages. After the audition phase, the selected entries will be picked out by the mentors and challenges will be set for them over the course of seven weeks. The top five contestants will get a chance to perform with the mentors and one of them will emerge as the winner.