To beat the ‘outsider’ tag, the Comedy Store is also going to think local. Through auditions to spot Indian talent, a new comic is showcased each weekend. Last time, it was Anuvab Pal, the 34-year-old who wrote the screenplay for the award-winning Loins of Punjab Presents. Asked about his subject matter, Pal responds, “It’s what’s known as New India. And growing up in the 1980s.” He sure struck a chord, joking about India’s pre-liberalisation era, when even a can of Coke was contraband and the customs officer was the Enemy.
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