Critically acclaimed comic, internationally famed meme & 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. 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 & two sell-out runs at one of London’s most noted comedy haunts, The Soho Theatre. 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 consistently selling out at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, another run at The Soho Theatre & 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 this year. With regular invitations 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.
In addition to his achievements as a solo artist, Nish 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 & 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.
Alongside his flourishing stand-up career Nish has also made the exciting step over to the small screen having graced television sets across the nation on the likes of; ‘The John Bishop Show’ (BBC One), ‘Russell Howard’s Stand-up Central’ (Comedy Central), ‘The Alternative Comedy Experience’ (Comedy Central) curated by Stewart Lee, ‘Live at The Comedy Store’ (Paramount), ‘Live At The Edinburgh Festival’ (BBC Three), ‘Sweat The Small Stuff’ (BBC Three) and ‘Alan Davies As Yet Untitled’ (Dave).As well as a regular writing spot on the recently 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, received a nomination for Breakthrough Act at this year’s Chortle Awards and most recently took his hotly anticipated and fourth solo hour to the Edinburgh Fringe festival. Achieving huge success, Nish sold out his month long-run with show ‘Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I'm So Clever’ was named by UK Comedy Guide as the best reviewed show of the festival and perhaps most notably received a nomination for the coveted Foster’s Best Show Award. Currently Nish has numerous radio & television projects in development and bookings to perform at gigs & festivals both on home soil and across the globe.
PRESS QUOTES FOR STAND UP:
‘If you like your comedy to be intelligent, inventive, thought-provoking and delivered with a passion, urgency and enthusiasm that makes an hour feel like a fantastic ten minutes, then you’re going to love Nish Kumar’s show… a truly impressive piece of stand-up from a comic in full control of his material and onstage persona’
★★★★★ Time Out
“With his combination of book smarts, righteous passion and sardonic wit, Nish Kumar is the Asian answer to John Oliver”
‘Another excellent show…. Weighty subjects,
★★★★ The List
‘Brilliantly executed…. a show that
should win Kumar a lot more fans.’
★★★★ Bruce Dessau, Beyond the Joke
‘A comedian on the up…. An ingenious, witty look at identity that suggests Kumar will soon be getting known for all the right reasons.’ The Times
‘A highly polished, subtly innovative stand-up…. He nails the punchlines over and over again, thanks to taut, economical writing that puts audience pleasure firmly ahead of self-indulgence…. His is a talent worth catching up with.’ Guardian