Sharma, who calls his show a “congregation of like-minded artists,” said the new format will not have a live audience due to safety concerns.
They’ve replaced the live audience with the cut-outs of people behind the show’s regular guest, Archana Puran Singh.
“We’re not filming with live audiences, we all miss that. Archana ji makes up for it though, she and her smile are equal to 100 people on set,” Sharma told PTI in an email interview.
Given the rising number of COVID-19 cases, there were some concerns about resuming production, but they decided to proceed with caution, he said.
“With the kind of news coming in and the information available, you feel anxious. I’m no different. We take all preventive measures in our capacity while shooting. Personally, we are all very careful and aware. Our show gives us an opportunity to make people smile during these grim times. So it’s worth it. “
The 39-year-old comedian actor said there are challenges while shooting, especially with a limited number of crew members, as responsibilities double.
“It has been our conscious effort to bring laughter into people’s lives. We get so many messages and posts from people saying that when they were stressed, watching the show helped them overcome certain situations …
Comedy has that effect on people. After a long and tiring day, you just want to forget what happened, even if it’s only for a while. Maybe we help people to relax, and to me that’s the least we can do, ”Sharma said.