Nish Kumar

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Nish Kumar
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Kumar in 2016
Nishant Kumar

1985/1986 (age 33–34)[1]
Wandsworth, London, England
Years active2004–present
Known for

Nishant Kumar (born 1985/1986) is a British stand-up comedian,[2] actor, and radio presenter. He hosts The Mash Report on BBC Two,[3][4][5] and has hosted BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical comedy show Newsjack[6] and the Comedy Central series Joel & Nish vs The World.

Early life and education[edit]

Kumar was born in Wandsworth, south London, in the mid-1980s and attended St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington before reading English with History at Durham University.[1][7][8] He is of Indian Hindu descent.


Kumar performed with Tom Neenan as a double act, Gentlemen of Leisure, having met while students at the University of Durham and performed in the Durham Revue.[9][10]

He has been performing as a solo stand-up performer in shows since 2013,[11] 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 series of the BBC Radio 4 Extra series Newsjack.[6]
  • He has been a regular co-host[12] and nude correspondent [13] of The Bugle podcast since October 2016.
  • His series, Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar first aired on BBC Radio 4 in March 2017.[14]
  • He was a guest on the BBC comedy show, Frankie Boyle's New World Order in June 2017[15]

He has performed solo Edinburgh shows since 2012:

  • 2012: 'Who Is Nish Kumar?'[16]
  • 2013: 'Nish Kumar Is a Comedian'
  • 2014: "Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity".[17]
  • 2015: "Long word... Long word... Blah Blah Blah... I'm so clever"[18] at The Pleasance Theatre, which continued as a UK tour running from October to December 2015.[19] The show was nominated for an Edinburgh Comedy Award.
  • 2016: "Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud", which received a number of favourable reviews.[20][21][22] A joke from the show was featured in The Daily Telegraph's list of the 37 funniest jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe.[23] 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,[24] New Zealand Comedy Festival, Leicester Comedy Festival and the comedy tent at Latitude Music Festival. In 2017, he competed in series 5 of Taskmaster with Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Aisling Bea and Mark Watson.[25] The same year, Kumar completed a six-part travel series for Netflix with fellow comedian Joel Dommett, titled Joel & Nish vs The World.[26] In 2018 he appeared on Netflix's Comedians of the World.[27]

He has also appeared as a guest on Have I Got News for You, Mock the Week, Virtually Famous, 8 Out of 10 Cats, Alan Davies: As Yet Untitled, Hypothetical, The Big Fat Quiz, Russell Howard's Stand Up Central, Sweat the Small Stuff, QI, Live from the BBC, The Alternative Comedy Experience and is a frequent guest on The Bugle.

In February 2019, it was announced he would be appearing in a new Sky One sport show, Comedians Watching Football With Friends.[28]

In December 2019, Kumar performed for free at a Christmas charity lunch event for the Lord's Taverners, to mixed reception. The routine included political jokes on Brexit and colonialism, and Kumar was booed off stage.[29][30]

Following the event, the Lord's Taverners released a statement emphasising the apolitical nature of the organisation and expressing that they did not support the behaviour of some members of the crowd,[31] which included booing, heckling and the throwing of a bread roll.[32] In response to the event, Kumar told The Guardian: "I'm sort of amazed by how fascinated people are by the whole thing. It's not the first time I've been booed off stage [...] I consider it the life of being a comedian – they have a right to boo me." [33]


  1. ^ a b Greenstreet, Rosanna (2 February 2019). "Nish Kumar: 'It was either comedy or being Jimi Hendrix'". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
  2. ^ "Nish Kumar". Chortle. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  3. ^ "BBC – BBC Two announces satirical news show The Mash Report (w/t) – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  4. ^ "Politics has gone beyond satire – can the Mash Report catch up?". The Guardian. 18 July 2017. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
  5. ^ "The Mash Report". BBC Two. 12 September 2019.
  6. ^ a b "Nish Kumar to host Newsjack". 6 February 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  7. ^ Maxwell, Dominic (21 September 2016). "Nish Kumar: 'It wasn't a masterclass in heckler response. It was a furious man reacting'". The Times.
  8. ^ Laker, Chris (28 July 2017). "Who is Nish Kumar? Everything you need to know about the host of BBC Two's The Mash Report". BT Group.
  9. ^ "Gentlemen of Leisure". Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
  10. ^ Humphrey, Florianne (13 June 2017). "The Durham Revue presents 'Allstars' review". Palatinate. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  11. ^ Kettle, James (22 June 2013). "This week's new live comedy". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
  12. ^ "About". The Bugle Podcast. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
  13. ^ "About". Who is Nish Kumar?. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
  14. ^ "Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar". BBC Radio 4. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
  15. ^ "Frankie Boyle's New World Order – Election Night Special". Retrieved 12 June 2017 – via YouTube.
  16. ^ "Who Is Nish Kumar?". Nish Kumar. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
  17. ^ "Nish Kumar: Ruminations..." Soho Theatre.
  18. ^ "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.
  19. ^ "Nish Kumar: Long Word..." The Pleasance Theatre.
  20. ^ "Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud". Edinburgh Festival. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  21. ^ Logan, Brian (17 August 2016). "Nish Kumar review – smart skewering from Britain's cheery clown-preacher". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  22. ^ "Comedy review: Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud". The Scotsman. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  23. ^ "Edinburgh Festival Fringe: the 37 funniest jokes". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
  24. ^
  25. ^ "Taskmaster: Alex Horne on series 5, casting, remakes, the future". Den of Geek.
  26. ^ "Joel & Nish vs The World". Netflix. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
  27. ^ Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Comedians Of The World: Nish Kumar - Very Clever Boy : Reviews 2019 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". Retrieved 13 January 2019.
  28. ^ Guide, British Comedy. "Comedians Watching Football With Friends - Sky1 Comedy". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
  29. ^ "Comic Nish Kumar booed off stage at charity bash". BBC. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  30. ^ "Nish Kumar gets frosty reception at Lord's Taverners charity feast". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  31. ^ "Lord's Taverners statement". Lord's Taverners. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
  32. ^ "Interview: Comedian Nish Kumar on Bread, Comedy, and Heckling". Retrieved 7 December 2019.
  33. ^ "Nish Kumar gets frosty reception at Lord's Taverners charity feast". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2019.

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