Nish Kumar is a critically acclaimed stand-up comedian and one half of sketch duo The Gentlemen of Leisure, who have delighted audiences all over the UK since 2010, including two hugely successful runs at the Edinburgh Fringe. In April 2012 they masterminded a site-specific comedy tour of the British Museum in association with Monster Comedy that sold out within 20 minutes of going on sale. Nish first came to the Fringe in 2006 & 2007 as part of the Durham Revue (**** – THE SCOTSMAN). In 2008 he was part of Coolfun, a mixed bill acclaimed by Josie Long as “four of the most exciting comedians around”, and in 2009 he was a core cast member of The Invisible Dot & Mark Watson’s masterpiece ‘The Hotel’. As well as The Gentlemen of Leisure show in 2010, Nish also hosted his own stand-up half hour, featuring various rising stars including Daniel Simonsen, Josh Widdicombe, James Acaster and Dan Atkinson. Nish was also featured in Dave’s top ten jokes of the Fringe 2010.
Nish performed his debut hour of stand-up ‘Who Is Nish Kumar’ at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2012 and will performing the show at Soho Theatre from 24th – 26th January. One of Nish’s jokes was also featured in Dave’s Top Ten Jokes of the Fringe 2012.
Who is Nish Kumar?
1. A stand-up comedian.
2. One half of acclaimed sketch duo the Gentlemen of Leisure.
3. A ‘rising star’ (TimeOut) who is ‘ludicrously charming and razor sharp’ (Spoonfed.co.uk).
5. A British Asian.
6. An idiot.
The answer is all of the above. A stand-up show about being proud of your roots and ashamed about everything else.
‘This superb hour marks an astute solo debut…. he appears to have every trick in the book at his disposal.’ ★★★★ List
‘A warm, likable presence, always bubbling with ideas and an inescapable urge to communicate them…. Kumar picks out his own weaknesses and holds them up to highly entertaining public ridicule.’ Guardian
‘What an assured debut this is from Nish Kumar. A calling card which proves beyond doubt that he is already a skilled comic, preloaded with an hour of polished, gimmick-free stand-up guaranteed to do the job.’ Chortle
Sara Shulman is the Founder and Editor of Comedy Blogedy, TEDxUCL speaker on ‘The Power of Funny’, former Head of Comedy at UCLU Rare FM and produces the Humour Me Comedy Podcast. Sara is also a Classics Undergraduate at UCL and occasionally gigs on the comedy circuit.