Interview with The Scribbler

tS Interviews: Chatting with Funny-human Anuvab Pal
The New York Times called Anuvab Pal India’s most intelligent stand-up comic. We found out why.
Anuvab Pal is a unique voice in an Indian comedy scene that is going through somewhat of a Renaissance. While age is just a number, it’s clear that it breeds a sense of maturity and an ability to develop a more considered perspective on the everyday. He wears multiple hats as a playwright, actor, radio host and prolific writer and was kind enough to agree to a chat via e-mail. Excerpts below:
Can you tell us a little bit about how you started out as a comedian and writer?
The actual fact was I’d written some movies which the public liked and thought were funny – President Is Coming, Loins Of Punjab Presents etc. and a few Mumbai plays. A magazine, ‘Man’s World’, asked me to write an article on a British comedy club that was opening in Mumbai. Don Ward who was the owner of the club said he’d talk to me only if I did 5 minutes of stand up. That’s how this started. It was crazy. I’ve never done an interview with someone that turned into a different profession.


Forbes India Celebrity 100 Nominee List

UPFRONT/SPECIAL | Nov 4, 2015 | 12291 views

Forbes India Celebrity 100 Nominees List for 2015

Who is the biggest Indian celebrity in 2015? Will Salman Khan continue his reign at the top? Will Shah Rukh Khan manage to wrest the top slot that he held for two consecutive years before that? Or will a cricketer finally trounce an actor to be ranked No 1?

Your questions will be answered on December 11, when Forbes India publishes its fourth annual edition on the

Celebrity 100

In India, entertainment is often synonymous with Bollywood and, sure enough, our list will reflect this bias. But you will also find some regional celebrities in the mix as well as stars from the small screen, which has thrown up big money through popular serials and reality shows.

But it’s not just about money. We also tabulate fame quotient to ensure we have a balanced and objective ranking of celebrities.

Before we publish our final list of 100, here is our long list.

Forbes India has tied up with a whole battery of partners to generate this Celebrity 100 list. Our principal data partners for Celebrity 100 List of 2015 are LexisNexis® , Exceed Entertainment, IOS Sports & Entertainment, Galatta,TAM-Eikona and GroupM ESP.

At the same time,, and Nielsen BookScan have lent enormous support to this list. To help raise the bar on compliance and rigour in the methodology.

But you should not feel left out of the process. You can see below the full list of celebrities who are being considered for the final 100, and if you want to suggest additions or deletions, please mail us before November 15, 2015.

On December 11, 2015, the final list and a copy of Forbes India’s special Celeb edition will be released.

• Abish Mathew • Aditi Mittal • East India Comedy • Anuvab Pal • Aparna Nancherla • Appurv Gupta • All India Bakchod • Atul Khatri • Biswa Kalyan Rath • Kanan Gill • Neeti Palta • Papa CJ • Praveen Kumar • Vipul Goyal • Vir Das • Chandan Prabhakar • The Comedy Factory • SnG Comedy

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