Karthik Kumar

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Karthik Kumar
Born (1977-11-21) 21 November 1977 (age 43)
OccupationActor, standup comedian
Years active2000–2018
Comedy career
MediumStand-up comedy
GenresObservational comedy, improvisational comedy, physical comedy, political satire

Karthik Kumar (born 21 November 1977) is an Indian stand up comedian and former actor in the Tamil film and television industry.


He studied chemical engineering in Sri Venkateswara College of Engineering.[1][2]

After completing Chemical Engineering, Karthik along with his friend Sunil Vishnu quit their respective jobs and started the event management company "Evam", which today is a theatre company of renown.

Karthik made his acting debut with Alaipayuthey (2000) portraying a small role as Shalini's prospective suitor.[3] He was first test shot for the role of R. Madhavan in Alaipayuthey (2000) and rejected as he was too young with no acting experience at the time. He went on to portray supporting roles notably in films like Yaaradi Nee Mohini (2008) and Poi Solla Porom (2008).

In November 2016, Karthik expressed regret for getting typecast in particular roles, and wrote about his "retirement" from the film industry.[4]

Karthik Kumar is also a prolific stand-up comedian who has done three stand-up specials. His first special, "#PokeMe" has more than half a million views on YouTube. His second special was titled "Second Decoction". And his third special "Blood Chutney" streams on Amazon Prime. He has performed over 1000 shows across India, USA, UK, Singapore, Malaysia and Hong Kong. He is managed by Evam Standup Tamasha, a stand-up movement in South India.


Year Film Role Language Notes
2000 Alaipayuthey Shyam Tamil
2002 Saathiya Hindi Remake of Alaipayuthey
2004 Vaanam Vasappadum Karthik Tamil
2004 Yuva Vishnu Hindi
2005 Kanda Naal Mudhal Aravind Tamil
2008 Yaaradi Nee Mohini Cheenu Tamil
Poi Solla Porom Uppilinathan Tamil
2009 Ninaithale Inikkum Vasu Tamil
Edhuvum Nadakkum Naga Tamil
2010 Sapno Ke Desh Mein Hindi
Kola Kolaya Mundhirika Krish Tamil
2011 Deiva Thirumagal Karthik Tamil
Veppam Vishnu Tamil
2015 Pasanga 2 Akhil Tamil
Vellaiya Irukiravan Poi Solla Maatan Dr. Raghu Tamil
2017 Ticket Althif Hussain Tamil
2018 Mannar Vagaiyara Arivazhagan Tamil


Year Title Role Language Notes
2012 Dharmayutham Arjun Tamil

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  1. ^ "Wedding bells for 'Mirchi' Suchi!". Sify. 6 October 2005. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  2. ^ "All fun and adventure". The Hindu. 11 February 2005. Archived from the original on 6 June 2011. Retrieved 7 May 2010.
  3. ^ thsgp (9 September 2003). "The Hindu : Their world's a STAGE". The Hindu. Retrieved 15 October 2018.
  4. ^ "Actor Karthik Kumar's confessions are a refreshing take on the film industry". The News Minute. 1 November 2016. Retrieved 15 October 2018.

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