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Episode Info: Akaash is a comedian with experience working as a comedian in the states, but what happens when he talks to someone who succeeded in India? Do the jokes work the same way? Are the audiences the same? Can you push the envelope the same way? These are questions we hoped to answer when we spoke to Anuvab Pal, a successful playwright, screenwriter, and is now working in the new frontier of stand up comic in India, helping to define the culture in its infancy. Anuvab grew up in Mumbai, but came to New York in the 90s. After writing plays out here, he wrote a cult comedy classic in India, which pushed him to move back home. His experience living in and working in both countries gave him a unique perspective on the similarities between the two entertainment industries. We hear tales of corporate gigs in uncultured areas, and the history of how stand up started in India, as well as its current state. Are comedians in India as competitive as Desis in America? Or do they have a strong sense of community? As always, the discussion episode will follow in a couple of days. Hit us up on Twitter and Facebook with thoughts on this. Thanks for listening!
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