Nish Kumar

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Nish Kumar
Nish Kumar.jpg
Kumar in January 2016
Born Nishant Kumar
(1985-08-26) 26 August 1985 (age 32)
Wandsworth, London, England
Nationality British
Occupation Comedian
Years active 2004–present
Known for

Nishant "Nish" Kumar (born 26 August 1985) is a British stand-up comedian,[1] actor, and radio presenter. He currently hosts The Mash Report on BBC Two,[2][3][4] and has hosted BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical comedy show Newsjack[5]. He has also appeared as a guest on Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, Virtually Famous, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, Sweat the Small Stuff, QI, Live from the BBC and The Alternative Comedy Experience. He is of Indian descent.


Nish Kumar performed with Tom Neenan as a double act, Gentlemen of Leisure, having met while students at Grey College, University of Durham in 2004 and performed as a member of the Durham Revue. The act performed at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2012.[6][7]

He has been performing as a solo stand-up performer in shows since 2013,[8] including standing in for David Trent at the Charity Chuckle at the Edinburgh Fringe in 2014.

He also held a regular guest spot on Josh Widdicombe's Radio X show between 2013 and 2015, where he presented the feature, "Nishipedia". He has become increasingly well known for broadcasting and podcasting on topical news programmes.

  • In February 2015, he was announced as the host for the twelfth season of the BBC Radio 4 Extra series Newsjack.[5]
  • He has been a regular co-host[9] of The Bugle podcast since October 2016.
  • His series, Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar first aired on BBC Radio 4 in March 2017.[10]
  • He guested on BBC comedy show, Frankie Boyle's New World Order in June 2017[11]

He has performed solo Edinburgh shows since 2012:

  1. 2012: 'Who Is Nish Kumar?'[12]
  2. 2013: 'Nish Kumar Is a Comedian'
  3. 2014: "Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity".[13]
  4. 2015: "Long word... Long word... Blah Blah Blah... I'm so clever"[14] at The Pleasance Theatre, which continued as a UK tour running from October to December 2015.[15] The show was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award.
  5. 2016: "Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud", which received a number of favourable reviews.[16][17][18] A joke from the show was featured in The Telegraph's list of the 37 funniest jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe.[19] This show continued as a national tour.

As a live performer, Kumar has appeared at a number of festivals and events, including the Melbourne International Comedy Festival, New Zealand Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival and the comedy tent at Latitude Music Festival.

In 2017, he competed in series 5 of Taskmaster against Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Aisling Bea and Mark Watson.[20] The same year, Kumar completed a six-part travel series for Netflix with fellow comedian Joel Dommett, titled Joel & Nish vs The World.[21]


  1. ^ "Nish Kumar". Chortle. Retrieved 12 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "BBC – BBC Two announces satirical news show The Mash Report (w/t) – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  3. ^ "Politics has gone beyond satire – can the Mash Report catch up?". The Guardian. 18 July 2017. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 July 2017. 
  4. ^ The Mash Report at BBC Programmes
  5. ^ a b "Nish Kumar to host Newsjack". 6 February 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  6. ^ Richard Barber (1 August 2013). "My Scottish girlfriend's very posh – she likes deep-fried Ferrero Rocher... and other vintage rib-ticklers from the Edinburgh Festival". Daily Mail. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  7. ^ "Gentlemen of Leisure". Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015. 
  8. ^ Kettle, James (22 June 2013). "This week's new live comedy". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2015. 
  9. ^ "About". The Bugle Podcast. Retrieved 3 April 2017. 
  10. ^ "Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar". BBC Radio 4. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2017. 
  11. ^ "Frankie Boyle's New World Order – Election Night Special". Retrieved 12 June 2017 – via YouTube. 
  12. ^ Kumar, Nish. "Who Is Nish Kumar? | Nish Kumar". Retrieved 13 June 2017. 
  13. ^ "Nish Kumar: Ruminations..." Soho Theatre. 
  14. ^ "Nish Kumar: Long Word... Long Word... Blah Blah Blah... I'm so Clever, Edinburgh Fringe review: A trenchant and clear-sighted hour". The Independent. Independent Digital News & Media. Retrieved 12 June 2017. 
  15. ^ "Nish Kumar: Long Word..." The Pleasance Theatre. 
  16. ^ "Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud". Edinburgh Festival. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  17. ^ Logan, Brian (17 August 2016). "Nish Kumar review – smart skewering from Britain's cheery clown-preacher". The Guardian. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  18. ^ "Comedy review: Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud". The Scotsman. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  19. ^ "Edinburgh Festival Fringe: the 37 funniest jokes". The Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2016. 
  20. ^ "Taskmaster: Alex Horne on series 5, casting, remakes, the future". Den of Geek. 
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