Kenny Sebastian

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Kenny Sebastian
Kenny 2016.jpg
Sebastian performing in 2016
Born (1990-12-31) 31 December 1990 (age 30)
NationalityIndian
Occupation
  • Stand-up comedian
  • Musician
Years active2006–present
Known forStand-up comedy

Kenneth Mathew Sebastian (born 31 December 1990), better known as Kenny Sebastian, is an Indian stand-up comedian, musician and filmmaker.[1] He first rose to prominence through a YouTube channel that broadcasts clips of his stand-up shows, devotional song covers, in addition to original skits, garnering 152 million views since 2008. He has toured the United States, Singapore, The United Arab Emirates [2] and Australia.[3] In 2017, he produced an hour-long comedy special for Amazon Prime.[4] He performs primarily in English, switching to Hindi for comic effect. He was also a judge in Comicstaan, a comedy reality show.

Early life and education[edit]

Kenny Sebastian was born on 31 December 1990 to Catholic parents from Pala, Kerala, and was brought up in Bangalore. His father was in the Navy, hence Sebastian migrated throughout his childhood. He speaks English, Hindi, Kannada and Malayalam.[2][5] Sebastian went to Kendriya Vidyalaya for his education. He holds a degree in Visual Arts from the Karnataka Chitrakala Parishath.[6]

Career[edit]

Kenny made songs from tweets, popularly known as #KennySing4Me. This gained him his initial popularity.[7] He also created an improvised sketch show for Comedy Central known as The Living Room.[8] He co-wrote and acted in the web series called Star Boyz.[9] He did a cameo in the web series Humorously Yours, in Better Life Foundation by Naveen Richard and in Pushpavalli by Sumukhi Suresh. He also has an original series Die Trying,[10] an improvised show The Improvisers: Something From Nothing along with Abish Mathew, Kanan Gill and Kaneez Surka and a sketch comedy show Sketchy Behaviour co-written and co-starring Kanan Gill on Amazon Prime Video.He also started his mini series named "Getting there" which has 3 episodes and two stand-up specials each on Amazon Prime and Netflix.

He is a judge for Comicstaan, a comedy hunt reality show on Amazon Prime Video.[11] He brings out videos from his standup routines and the occasional Chai Time With Kenny on his YouTube channel.[12]

His podcast titled Simple Ken, which has featured various guests, has also gained popularity on audio streaming services and on YouTube.

He has his own production house named SuperHuman Studioz and has also edited a Bollywood film "Station" at the age of 21. [13]

Filmography[edit]

Year Name Platform Notes
2014 Journey to the Center of My Brain YouTube Himself
2015 Insides Out Himself
2016 Star Boyz [14] Actor
A Door through a Window Himself
Breezer Vivid Alongside Abish Mathew
2017—2018 Son Of Abish Season 2 with Radhika Apte
Season 4 with Yami Gautam
2017–Present Chai Time with Kenny Himself
2017 Don't Make That Face by Naveen Richard Amazon Video Director
Don't Be That Guy[15] Himself
2018 Die Trying Amazon Video Kenny [16][17]
The Improvisers: Something From Nothing Alongside Kanan Gill, Abish Mathew, Kaneez Surka
Comicstaan Himself- Judge
2019 Sketchy Behaviour Amazon Video Alongside Kanan Gill
Comicstaan season 2 Himself- Judge
2020 The Most Interesting Person in the Room[18] Netflix Himself

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Kenny Sebastian – Profile". knowkenny.com. Retrieved 15 August 2018. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Make way for Kenny". Deccan Chronicle. 13 May 2016. Retrieved 24 October 2018.
  3. ^ BWW News Desk (9 August 2018). "Kenny Sebastian Announces First Australian Shows". Broadway World.
  4. ^ Bhushan, Nyay (20 January 2017). "Amazon Inks Groundbreaking Deal for 14 Indian Stand-Up Comedy Specials". The Hollywood Reporter.
  5. ^ Lazarus, Susanna Myrtle (23 February 2018). "Carry on, Kenny Sebastian: In conversation with the 'Die Trying' comedian". The Hindu.
  6. ^ Ghosh, Devarsi (18 February 2018). "Kenny Sebastian on his web series 'Die Trying', filmmaking dreams, and rockstar days". Scroll.in. Retrieved 30 May 2020.
  7. ^ "KennySing4Me".
  8. ^ "Comedy Central to premiere 'The Living Room'". afaqs!. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  9. ^ "Kenny Sebastian - Artist Profile". eventseeker.com. Retrieved 17 March 2020.
  10. ^ "Die Trying actor Kenny Sebastian: It's painful to create music, stand-up is easier". 17 February 2018.
  11. ^ "'Comicstaan': Top comics Kanan Gill, Kenny Sebastian, Sumukhi Suresh, others to redefine future of funny". The New Indian Express. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  12. ^ World, Republic. "Kenny Sebastian: A stand-up comedian, filmmaker, and an all rounder". Republic World. Retrieved 8 April 2020.
  13. ^ Chai Time Comedy with Kenny Sebastian : Being a Color Blind Painter., retrieved 12 August 2019
  14. ^ Kenny Sebastian (5 May 2016), 3 South Indian Boys in Space | STAR BOYZ | CHAATS Ep 1 #LaughterGames, retrieved 24 October 2018
  15. ^ "Kenny Sebastian: Don't Be That Guy".
  16. ^ "Die Trying review: This Kenny Sebastian 'Brohemian Rhapsody' is enjoyable in parts". 18 February 2018.
  17. ^ "Die Trying review: Kenny Sebastian's Amazon show is a middle finger to middle-class Indian establishment". 14 February 2018.
  18. ^ Paul, Shreya (28 May 2020). "The Most Interesting Person in the Room review: Kenny Sebastian's Netflix special celebrates all things comfortably average". Firstpost.

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