Aspiring Indian stand-up comedians will soon be able to ply their trade in the country's most bustling metropolis, it has been announced.

The Comedy Store, the British branch of which first opened in London in 1979 and has sites in Manchester, Leeds and Bournemouth, is to open a new venue in Mumbai, as part of a new shopping and entertainment complex in the city.

Three international comics will appear at the Mumbai Comedy Store every week but the club also plans to develop the Indian stand-up scene.

Local amateur comics will also be offered a chance to participate in workshops with professional comedians as part of the new venture between Comedy Store chief executive Don War and Indian businessman Amar Agrawal.

"I wanted to do something special to celebrate our 30th anniversary, and what better way than to open a club halfway round the world," Ward explained.

"Mumbai is a vibrant city and feels like Manchester and London all wrapped up in one. We will be bringing the very best in British and International stand up to India and I am confident that we can replicate our success overseas."

He added: "At present there is no emerging comedy talent in India, and we hope to change all of that - we're looking for the first Indian stand-up superstar and you never know, we may find the Paul Merton or Lee Evans of India. It's an incredibly exciting venture."

22/04/2009 00:01:01