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Anuvab Pal on finding the funny and being part of a big UK tour



Highly anticipated comedy tour The Indians Are Coming will be touching down at 16 venues across the UK and features top stand-up talent from around the world.

One of the comedians performing at every one of the Desi Central events is Anuvab Pal, who has flown in from India to join top British and American talent on stage. The acclaimed writer and stand-up comedian has made a name for himself on the live circuit with a variety of shows powered by hilarious jokes.

Eastern Eye caught up with Anuvab Pal to talk about The Indians Are Coming tour and all things comedy.

What first connected you to comedy?
I grew up in the 1980s India and people were taking things seriously that should not be taken. Someone had to notice and do something about it. So I started to find the funny in everyday life, and here I am, still doing the same.

How much are you looking forward to The Indians Are Coming tour?
I’ve been waiting for this tour the whole year and so am looking forward to connecting with British audiences. Desi Central has made a name in the UK for putting together stand-up comedy talent, so I am looking forward to sharing the bill with them and putting a smile on the face of audiences.

What can we expect from you?
You can expect lots of laughs from me and from all the others performing at the shows. From me, you can definitely expect jokes from 2019 modern India, where I live.

How do you feel being on a line-up with some amazing comedians?
As I said, Desi Central is known for putting together strong line-ups, so I do feel humbled and terrified.

How much of the comedy that you do is based on real life?
I always feel the best and most relatable comedy is honest. So all of it is based on my life.

Who is the funniest person you know in real life?
(Laughs) My father for sure! He says things without any filter.

Who is your comedy hero?
There have been so many comedy greats, but if I had to choose one it would be Eddie Izzard because he made his own rules. Oh, and my father!

Has being funny helped you in everyday life?
Not really! Nobody in my family listens to anything I’m saying, ever.

What inspires you?
Everyday India inspires me. It is impossible to not be inspired by that insanity.

Why should we come and watch The Indians Are Coming tour?
People say Indians are a serious hard-working people, only focused on doing well in academics and financial security. I think we’re the funniest people on the planet. Come find out for yourself!

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