The New York Times calls Anuvab Pal ‘India’s most intelligent comedian’. The BBC calls him ‘India’s answer to British wit’.  

Anuvab’s stand-up comedy special The Nation Wants To Know, has played over 500 sold out shows from Mumbai to Sydney to San Francisco. His show, Empire, a comedy show based on the history of the British Empire in India, has played in 12 cities worldwide and been called “Spectacular” by CNN and “A laugh riot with brilliant ideas” by NDTV. Empire can now be seen as a comedy special on Amazon Prime UK, part of Soho Theatre Live.



Anuvab is the only Indian stand-up comedian after Russel Peters to sell out The Gotham Comedy Club in New York in record time. He’s also the only Indian comedian invited to perform at Harvard University. Times of India lists him among India’s top 5 English speaking comedians, having played over 750 shows and sold-out houses across India, the Middle East, Singapore, Hong Kong, San Francisco, South by Southwest Austin Texas, Laugh Boston, New York.



In 2016, Anuvab was chosen among the top 14 comedians in India to have his comedy special available on Amazon Prime Video among the premiere shows of Amazon’s India debut, and joined the hilarious pan-global satirical podcast The Bugle alongside Andy Zaltzman. It is with Zaltzman that he has co-created the upcoming comedy (BBC Radio4) series Empire-ical Evidence and Future Empire-Fect. Pal’s sitcom pilot titled Empire featured as part of Festival Of Funny (BBC Radio2) starring actor comedian, writer, presenter Stephen Fry.

“One of India’s funniest people”


Anuvab is also a prolific writer. He was the screenwriter of the Bollywood films Loins Of Punjab Presents & The President Is Coming, both of which screened at leading film festivals around the world. His play Chaos Theory was a hit stage play in New York and Mumbai and later became a bestselling novel published by  Picador India. The President Is Coming, which was developed by the Royal Court Theatre in London He has written 2 sitcoms for Amazon Prime Video India – Going Viral Pvt Ltd and WFH, to stellar reviews. His work has been featured internationally in Time Magazine, CNN, BBC, Wall Street Journal, Huffington Post, Vogue, Elle, The Economist, FT, The New Yorker, and many other publications. He currently writes a monthly column for India’s  Economic Times. 

”Very Clever, Very Funny”

The Guardian

Anuvab’s credits include Soho Theatre Live: Season 3 (Amazon Prime) QI (BBC2) Big Asian Stand Up (BBC2) Al Murray: Why Does Everyone Hate The British Empire (Sky History) The News Quiz (BBC Radio4) The New Year’s Eve International Show (BBC World Service) Comedians VS News (BBC World Service) Fred At The Stand (BBC Radio4).