Press: BBC on stand-up in India

The BBC got interested in India’s stand-up comedy scene and I’m one of the people that they spoke to.

“I think there’s an upper-middle class, urban, Indian sense of humour emerging,” says Anuvab Pal, a successful playwright and screenplay writer. “Thirty to forty million people, cosmopolitan, well-travelled and fairly exposed to Western comedy.”

He runs through a list – Friends or Frasier, Seinfeld or The Office.

“That kind of comedy is pouring out into stand-up comedy clubs,” he adds, “and I think in aspirational cities like Delhi they’ll all talk about it. It becomes a thing. And if you can make it like that, they’ll laugh.”

Read the entire piece here. The accompanying video is here and there was also a radio version.


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