Critically acclaimed comic, internationally famed meme & wonderfully nice gentleman, Nish Kumar is a comedian, and a bloody good one at that (Time Out). Nish has achieved huge success on the stand-up circuit with five rave reviewed solo stand-up shows at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, two of which have been nominated for the prestigious Comedy Award for Best Show in both 2015 & 2016. Nish has also received nominations for Best Show at the 2013 Leicester Comedy Festival & Breakthrough Act at the 2014 Chortle Awards. In 2014 along with four other specially selected comics, Nish embarked on a tour of India with the Melbourne International Comedy Festival Roadshow India and is regularly booked for gigs worldwide including festivals in Hong Kong, Melbourne and New Zealand.
Alongside stand-up Nish is a frequent voice and face across both television and radio and was the 2015/2016 host of topical comedy show, Newsjack for Radio 4 Extra. Following a successful pilot in 2016, Nish has completed two series of his own topical show for BBC Radio 4, Spotlight Tonight, which he also hosts. On screen you can catch up with Nish on the likes of Q.I., Mock The Week & Live At The Apollo both as a stand-up guest and host (all BBC Two), Have I Got News For You & The John Bishop Show (BBC One), 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown (Channel 4), Russell Howard’s Stand-Up for Central, Drunk History, The Alternative Comedy Experience & Live At The Comedy Store (all Comedy Central) and Alan Davies As Yet Untitled (Dave). Most recently Nish starred alongside fellow comic Joel Dommett in a 6-part travelogue for Comedy Central, Joel and Nish vs The World wand hosted his own new satirical, spoof, news series, The Mash Report, for BBC Two, which aired on Thursdays at 10pm with more confirmed for 2018.
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.
Nish is a frequent contributor to The Guardian, has another run of shows confirmed for The Mash Report next year along with a second series of Joel and Nish… more stand-up and touring plans and an exciting trip stateside.
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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, quality delivery.’
★★★★ The List
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