Silly Subcontinental YKTTW Discussion
A lighthearted, silly character from the Indian subcontinent (or at least subcontinental ancestry)Better Name
Not every Indian or Pakistani is a Bollywood Nerd. An increasingly common portrayal on American television is of a flamboyant, comical character, and the trope appeared in British television earlier. Originally, this trope was probably intended as an aversion of the serious, scholarly stereotype of the Bollywood Nerd, but increasingly it has become a trope in its own right. Although a Silly Subcontinental might in some respects be a Funny Foreigner, s/he not a typical funny foreigner in the sense of having comically bizarre customs or habits. Generally, the Silly Subcontinental simply doesn't take life very seriously.
- In Echo, the hapless Vijay is often played for laughs. He first appears in a comic sequence showing off his mixed insecurity and finickiness w/r/t women, reliably plays the Butt Monkey in all the action sequences, and suffers the crowning indignity of getting mistaken for M. Night Shyamalan.
- Lester Patel in Chuck, half of a Cloudcuckoolander pair of Heterosexual Life-Partners, the other half being Jeff Barnes.
- Dave Mohumbhai in Flight of the Conchords, the Know-Nothing Know-It-All friend of Bret and Jemaine.
- The Kumars At Number 42 was a parody talk show/sitcom about a British-Indian family who's Small Name, Big Ego son Sanjeev did his best to run a talk show using money from his parents. He was this trope through and through.
- Lawrence Kutner in House did not play a strictly comic relief role, but he came across as one of the more goofy, lighthearted, carefree characters in the show. Until his inexplicable suicide, that is.
- Kelly Kapoor in The Office is a Reality TV obsessed Drama Queen.
- Tom Haverford in Parks and Recreation, who is The Slacker of the parks and recreation department as well as a The Leisure Suit Larry.
- Gupta in Outsourced, the chubby comic relief character.