Sorabh Pant

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Sorabh Pant
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Sorabh Pant
Born (1981-09-14) 14 September 1981 (age 36)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Medium English
Nationality Indian
Years active 2010-present
Subject(s) Comedy
Spouse Iva Bagchi

Sorabh Pant is an Indian stand-up comedian and writer.[1][2] Sorabh Pant is one of India's successful comedians, having done over 250 shows in over 17 cities.[3][4] He has been rated amongst India's top 10 stand-up comedians by The Times of India.[5] The Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan has dubbed him as "the funniest guy on stage".[6] In a poll by IBN Live in March 2012, he was listed No. 1 in the 30 most interesting Twitter users in India.[4][7]


Sorabh Pant is married to writer Iva Bagchi. They have a son and a daughter together.


Pant started off as a writer for TV.[2][8] In March 2008, he met Vir Das and they did a show together, on CNBC-TV18 called, 'News on The Loose'.[8][9] His career in comedy took off when he started as the opening act for Vir Das's show, 'Walking on Broken Das', later that year.[10] After working with Das for three-and-a-half years, he did his first solo act at HQ.[11] In November 2009, he became one of just three Indian comedians to hit auditoriums with his solo show, "Pant on Fire".[2][11] In July 2011, when Wayne Brady toured India, Pant did the opening act for him.[2][10][12] In November 2011, Pant opened for American actor and comedian, Rob Schneider on his India tour.[1][13][14]

Pant released his debut novel 'The Wednesday Soul' in December 2011.[2]

Pant on Fire[edit]

'Pant on Fire' is Sorabh Pant's first comedy special which has been staged in, more than 10 cities in India, Dhaka, Dubai, and hit the shores of North America in November 2012.[2][15][16] It was the second most toured stand-up comedy show in India in 2011.

Traveling Pants[edit]

‘Traveling Pants' is Sorabh Pant's 2 comedy special that takes on cultures and people in India and around the world.[17] In July 2012, 'Traveling Pants' became the second show by an Indian comedian to be showcased at the coveted Comedy Store, Mumbai.[15]

The East India Comedy[edit]

In 2012, Pant founded 'The East India Comedy', one of India's busiest comedy company, and over the next year, recruited some of India's top comedians, including Kunal Rao, Sapan Verma, Sahil Shah, Atul Khatri, Azeem Banatwalla and Angad Singh Ranyal. Sorabh is no more part of the EIC comedy group.[18]

The East India Comedy did a record 130 shows across the country in the calendar year 2013, including the acclaimed specials Men Are From Bars and Comedy News Network.

Comedic style[edit]

Pant's material has been described as, "over the top", "manic", and occasionally, "marginally unstable."[15]

Wayne Brady, who Pant has opened for, has said: "He's the second brilliant Indian comedian I've seen, after Russell Peters."[2][15]

Pant's jokes take a dig at communities and involve a lot of sex – two things as he says that work "big time" in India.[11] Pant also does impersonations of communities and several of his jokes are about women.[16] Pant says "I am a home-grown comedian. I have the Indian sensibility".[11] He's also been working on a lot of material that revolves around politics, pun-ny material and Indian-isms.[1]

The Wednesday Soul[edit]

Pant's book, 'The Wednesday Soul' is a fictitious and comic take on life after death. The story involves Nyra Dubey, a former vigilante, who dies and is torn apart from her Fridge-shaped fiance. And unlike most stories, death is where this story begins. Nyra quickly discovers that she's in the midst of a plot to destroy the afterlife, how puns can kill and how death involves standing in a lot of lines.[19]

The book was published by Westland Books.


  1. ^ a b c 21 February 2012 Features Writer (21 February 2012). "The Secret Behind Sorabh Pant's Hair Loss > NH7 | Discover new music from India and around the world". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  2. ^ a b c d e f g TWB (28 September 2011). "Pant on Fire!". This Week Bangalore. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  3. ^ "Funny Thursdays in Bangalore – Entertainment – DNA". 24 July 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  4. ^ a b ""Pant on Fire" Comedian Sorabh Pant's English Comedy Special". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Nona Walia, TNN 11 September 2011, 11.06am IST (11 September 2011). "Comic Relief – Times of India". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  6. ^ 17 April 2012 By Namita Gupta DC (17 April 2012). "Sorabh gets surreal". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "Twitter@6: 30 interesting Indians to follow – India News – IBNLive". Retrieved 7 August 2012. 
  8. ^ a b Nona Walia, TNN 11 September 2011, 11.06am IST (11 September 2011). "Comic Relief – Times of India". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  9. ^ "About R.I.P.Ping The Decade". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  10. ^ a b Catherine Rhea Roy (13 October 2011). "FEATURES / METRO PLUS : Laugh your Pant off". The Hindu. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  11. ^ a b c d "Wearing the comic pants – Entertainment – DNA". 8 November 2009. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "Wayne Brady's performance – DNA". 9 July 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  13. ^ "Rajinikanth looks like me, I don't look like him: Rob Schneider". Hindustan Times. 29 November 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  14. ^ Ranjit Rodricks (29 November 2011). "Hollywood Star Rob 'Hot Chick' Schneider Had Sidhartha Mallya, Atul Kasbekar, Elahe Hiptoolah And Nagesh Kukunoor in Splits at The Black Dog Comedy Evenings in Mumbai". MissMalini. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  15. ^ a b c d ""Pant on Fire" Comedian Sorabh Pant's English Comedy Special". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  16. ^ a b "Sorabh Pant | Madhavi Tata". 1 August 2011. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  17. ^ "The Travelling Pants (A) event tickets now available". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Comic Timing". Indian Express. 10 June 2012. Retrieved 22 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "How to Get Published: Sorabh Pant | Work & Life". Retrieved 22 September 2012. 

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