Anuvab Pal

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Anuvab Pal
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Born (1976-04-27) 27 April 1976 (age 44)
Alma materLa Martiniere Calcutta
Ohio Wesleyan University
OccupationStand up comedian, screenwriter, playwright and novelist

Anuvab Pal (born 27 April 1976) is an Indian stand up comedian, screenwriter, playwright and novelist.[1][2][3] He is occasionally featured as a rotating co-host on Season 4 of the top rated podcast The Bugle.


Pal co-wrote the 2007 Indian comedy, Loins Of Punjab Presents,[4] with Manish Acharya which The New York Times called 'a witty musical comedy'.[5]

In 2009, his play, The President Is Coming, was made into a Bollywood film The President Is Coming made by producer Rohan Sippy.

As a stand up comedian, Pal started out with The British Comedy Store when they opened in Mumbai in 2010 and has since toured across the nation with his acclaimed one man show, The Nation Wants To Know in Mumbai, New Delhi, Kolkata, Shillong, Bangalore, and Pune.[6][7]

His first play Chaos Theory, a love story between two Indian professors, was written in New York City, and performed in various productions around the United States.[citation needed] The Los Angeles Times, while writing about the Artwallah Festival, a South Asian cultural festival where the play was performed in 2003, said 'Pal's characters are professional immigrants whose questions may not be so much about economic survival as intellectual and spiritual survival.[8] The play received its first professional production in New York City in 2010 starring TV and film actor Rita Wolf, directed by Alexa Kelly and produced by The Pulse Ensemble Theatre.[citation needed]

The India production of the play happened in 2008 and starred TV and theatre actor Zafar Karachiwala and TV, film and theatre actor Anahita Oberoi directed by theatre director Rahul Da Cunha and produced by his Rage Productions.[citation needed]

In 2011, he was featured in a New York Times video, 'A Night At The Comedy Club' and CNN Go, a travel website of CNN, mentioned him on a list of '20 Mumbai People To Watch'.[9]

He was also interviewed in the BBC News segment titled 'Having A Laugh In India'[10] and was, along with comedian and presenter Cyrus Broacha, the only Indian comedian on the popular BBC Radio 4 show Just A Minute with Nicholas Parsons.[11] That episode also featured famous British comedians Paul Merton and Marcus Brigstocke.

He contributes columns often to magazines like Time Out Mumbai. Three of his plays, Chaos Theory, The President Is Coming and 1 888 Dial India have been published as novels. He has also written a non fiction book on the Bollywood movie, Disco Dancer.[12][13][14]

Pal had his stand up special Alive At 40, featured on the Amazon Prime platform.[15][16] In 2018, his 8 episode comedy Going Viral starring Kunaal Roy Kapur was produced by Amazon Prime.[17][18]

In Feb 2018, Anuvab Pal did his stand up special The Nation Wants To Know at Harvard Business School, as part of the Harvard South Asia Conference.[19]

In May 2018, Anuvab premiered his stand up special, The Empire, in London Soho Theatre.[20] Followed by this, in August he made his debut at Edinburgh Festival Fringe with the same show which was met with good reception.[21]

In 2018, Pal appeared on four different shows for the BBC. He debuted on BBC's Fresh from the Fringe, performing highlights of his Edinburgh Festival show.[22] He made an appearance on BBC 2's Big Asian Stand Up as part of BBC's The British Asian Summer.[23] His two-part radio series with Andy Zaltzman titled Empire-ical Evidence, tracing the legacy of The Empire in London and Kolkata was broadcast on BBC Radio 4 in October 2018.[24] In December 2018, Pal was invited by the BBC World Service Arts Hour to The Arts Hour New Year International Comedy Show.[25] He also appeared on QI, on the third episode of the seventeenth series, on the topic of "Quarrels".


  1. ^ "What does the nation want to know?". 5 December 2013. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  2. ^ "Funny Man Pal Leaves City With Laughter Aches". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  3. ^ "Anuvab Pal becomes the first stand-up comedian from India to sell out his NY tour: watch his hilarious performances". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  4. ^ "Can history be a hoot?". 25 September 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  5. ^ Lee, Nathan (11 September 2008). "Sociocultural Commentary...and Singing!". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  6. ^ Harris, Shayla. "A Night at the Comedy Club". The New York Times. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  7. ^ "Anuvab Pal gears up for first solo stand-up show". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  8. ^ Cheng, Scarlet (26 June 2003). "Far away, so close". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  9. ^ "The Mumbai Hot List: 20 people to watch". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  10. ^ "Having a laugh in India". 25 December 2009. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  11. ^ "Special - India Special 2". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  12. ^ "All about BEST IN STAND-UP COMEDY: Neville Shah, Anuvab Pal, Kenny Sebastian". Archived from the original on 10 February 2014. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  13. ^ "Books by Anuvab Pal". Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  14. ^ "COLUMN - On 'Disco Dancer', 80s India and a kind of Bollywood now forgotten". Reuters. 21 January 2011. Retrieved 1 October 2014.
  15. ^ "Amazon Inks Groundbreaking Deal for 14 Indian Stand-Up Comedy Specials". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  16. ^ "Amazon Video Has Signed 14 Top Indian Stand-up Comics, Promises Zero Censorship". Huffington Post India. 19 January 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Biswa Kalyan Rath, Anuvab Pal among six comedians to star in Amazon Prime special- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 23 September 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  18. ^ "Going Viral review: Even Kunal Roy Kapur can't save this (non) comedy web series- Entertainment News, Firstpost". Firstpost. 10 September 2017. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  19. ^ "Harward get some Indian laughs". Mid Day. Retrieved 23 February 2018.
  20. ^ "Anuvab Pal: The Empire". Soho Theatre. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  21. ^ "Anuvab Pal: Empire". Edinburgh Festival. 22 August 2018. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  22. ^ Sorgenfrei, Carol Fisher (2006). "The Edinburgh International Festival, and: The Edinburgh Fringe Festival (review)". Theatre Journal. 58 (2): 320–324. doi:10.1353/tj.2006.0136. ISSN 1086-332X.
  23. ^ "BBC Two - The Big Asian Stand-Up, Episode 1". BBC. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  24. ^ "BBC Radio 4 - Empire-ical Evidence". BBC. Retrieved 10 January 2019.
  25. ^ "BBC World Service - The Arts Hour, The New Year International Comedy Show, Comedian Anuvab Pal: The scam of the British Empire". BBC. Retrieved 10 January 2019.

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