Nishant Kumar (born 1985/1986) is a British stand-up comedian, actor, and radio presenter. He hosts The Mash Report on BBC Two, and has hosted BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical comedy show Newsjack and the Comedy Central series Joel & Nish vs The World.
Kumar in 2016
1985/1986 (age 33–34)
Wandsworth, London, England
Early life and education
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. He is of Indian Hindu descent.
He has been performing as a solo stand-up performer in shows since 2013, 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.
- He has been a regular co-host and nude correspondent of The Bugle podcast since October 2016.
- His series, Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar first aired on BBC Radio 4 in March 2017.
- He was a guest on the BBC comedy show, Frankie Boyle's New World Order in June 2017
He has performed solo Edinburgh shows since 2012:
- 2012: 'Who Is Nish Kumar?'
- 2013: 'Nish Kumar Is a Comedian'
- 2014: "Ruminations on the Nature of Subjectivity".
- 2015: "Long word... Long word... Blah Blah Blah... I'm so clever" at The Pleasance Theatre, which continued as a UK tour running from October to December 2015. 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. A joke from the show was featured in The Daily Telegraph's list of the 37 funniest jokes from the Edinburgh Fringe. 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 with Bob Mortimer, Sally Phillips, Aisling Bea and Mark Watson. The same year, Kumar completed a six-part travel series for Netflix with fellow comedian Joel Dommett, titled Joel & Nish vs The World. In 2018 he appeared on Netflix's Comedians of the World.
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, 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.
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. 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, which included booing, heckling and the throwing of a bread roll. 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."
- Greenstreet, Rosanna (2 February 2019). "Nish Kumar: 'It was either comedy or being Jimi Hendrix'". The Guardian. Retrieved 23 April 2019.
- "Nish Kumar". Chortle. Retrieved 12 March 2017.
- "BBC – BBC Two announces satirical news show The Mash Report (w/t) – Media Centre". BBC. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "Politics has gone beyond satire – can the Mash Report catch up?". The Guardian. 18 July 2017. ISSN 0261-3077. Retrieved 25 July 2017.
- "The Mash Report". BBC Two. 12 September 2019.
- "Nish Kumar to host Newsjack". Chortle.co.uk. 6 February 2015. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- Maxwell, Dominic (21 September 2016). "Nish Kumar: 'It wasn't a masterclass in heckler response. It was a furious man reacting'". The Times.
- 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.
- "Gentlemen of Leisure". Archived from the original on 18 December 2014. Retrieved 2 June 2015.
- Humphrey, Florianne (13 June 2017). "The Durham Revue presents 'Allstars' review". Palatinate. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
- Kettle, James (22 June 2013). "This week's new live comedy". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 June 2015.
- "About". The Bugle Podcast. Retrieved 3 April 2017.
- "About". Who is Nish Kumar?. Retrieved 27 June 2019.
- "Spotlight Tonight with Nish Kumar". BBC Radio 4. BBC. Retrieved 4 April 2017.
- "Frankie Boyle's New World Order – Election Night Special". Retrieved 12 June 2017 – via YouTube.
- "Who Is Nish Kumar?". Nish Kumar. Retrieved 13 June 2017.
- "Nish Kumar: Ruminations..." Soho Theatre.
- "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.
- "Nish Kumar: Long Word..." The Pleasance Theatre.
- "Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud". Edinburgh Festival. 12 August 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- Logan, Brian (17 August 2016). "Nish Kumar review – smart skewering from Britain's cheery clown-preacher". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- "Comedy review: Nish Kumar: Actions Speak Louder Than Words, Unless You Shout the Words Real Loud". The Scotsman. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- "Edinburgh Festival Fringe: the 37 funniest jokes". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 3 November 2016.
- "Taskmaster: Alex Horne on series 5, casting, remakes, the future". Den of Geek.
- "Joel & Nish vs The World". Netflix. Retrieved 6 October 2018.
- Solutions, Powder Blue Internet Business. "Comedians Of The World: Nish Kumar - Very Clever Boy : Reviews 2019 : Chortle : The UK Comedy Guide". www.chortle.co.uk. Retrieved 13 January 2019.
- Guide, British Comedy. "Comedians Watching Football With Friends - Sky1 Comedy". British Comedy Guide. Retrieved 19 February 2019.
- "Comic Nish Kumar booed off stage at charity bash". BBC. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
- "Nish Kumar gets frosty reception at Lord's Taverners charity feast". The Guardian. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
- "Lord's Taverners statement". Lord's Taverners. Retrieved 3 December 2019.
- "Interview: Comedian Nish Kumar on Bread, Comedy, and Heckling". Retrieved 7 December 2019.
- "Nish Kumar gets frosty reception at Lord's Taverners charity feast". The Guardian. Retrieved 7 December 2019.
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