Critically acclaimed comic, internationally famed meme and wonderfully nice gentleman, Nish Kumar is a comedian; and a bloody good one at that (Time Out). Since beginning his comedy career in 2006, Nish has achieved global success on the stand up circuit. With three rave reviewed solo stand up shows receiving huge recognition from both industry & fans alike.
Stand Up Comedy
In 2012 Nish’s debut solo show, ‘Who Is Nish Kumar?’ earned a spot on: Dave’s ‘Ten Funniest Jokes of The Fringe’, a nomination for Best Show at the 2013 Leicester Comedy Festival and two sell out runs at one of London’s most noted comedy haunts, The Soho Theatre.
Nish At Comedy Festivals
With regular invites to perform at renowned comedy festivals including: the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival and the comedy tent at Latitude Music Festival. His follow up show of 2013, ‘Nish Kumar Is a Comedian’ received a plethora of four and five star reviews. Another sold out two week run at The Soho Theatre & an invitation to perform at the prolific Melbourne International Comedy Festival the following year.
Nish’s third show in 2014, ‘Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity’ was also met with great success. Selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, another run at The Soho Theatre and along with 4 other specially selected comics, an invitation to embark on a stand up tour of India; with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow India, early that year.
Gentleman Of Leisure
In addition to his achievements as a solo artist, Nish Kumar has also been one half of comedy duo ‘The Gentlemen of Leisure’; with fellow comic Tom Neenan since 2009. ‘The Gentleman of Leisure’ have enjoyed great success across the UK, including in 2012 when they wrote and performed a site specific tour of the British Museum. Which was the first of its kind and earned them an invitation to feature on ‘The Comedy Club’ for Radio 4 extra.
Nish Kumar TV Career
Besides his flourishing stand up career, Nish Kumar has also made the exciting step over to the small screen. Having graced TV sets across the nation on the likes of:
- ‘The Alternative Comedy Experience’ (Comedy Central) curated by Stewart Lee
- ‘Live at The Comedy Store’ (Paramount)
- ‘Live At The Edinburgh Festival’ (BBC3)
- ‘Sweat The Small Stuff’ (BBC3)
- ‘Alan Davies As Yet Untitled’ (Dave).
More TV Comedy
As well as a regular writing spot on the re-released (and namesake) show ‘The Kumars’ for Sky One. Nish has also appeared on BBC Radio 4, BBC Red Button & BBC Online. 2015 was a great year for Nish. He was announced as a new host of topical comedy show ‘Newsjack’ for Radio 4 Extra, appeared on ‘Russell Howard’s Stand Up Central’ for Comedy Central; and had a nomination already in the bag for Break through Act at that year’s Chortle Awards.
What Next For Nish Kumar?
With numerous radio and TV projects in development and bookings to perform at gigs and festivals; both on home soil and across the globe, before beginning his hotly anticipated fourth solo year at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival… all we’re saying is watch this space.
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Matthew Willetts MA is the Director of Comicus who has over 35 years experience in television, film, theatre, and comedy club/cabaret entertainment, working as a performer, screenwriter, producer and agent. He lectured at Southampton Solent University in Comedy, Screenwriting, Television, Theatre & Radio. Matthew can sometimes be seen and heard on TV & Radio and often quoted in the national press and media publications. As well as speaking regularly at festivals and industry conferences, he has been a judge at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the Montreux Television Festival.
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