August 26, 1985
Wandsworth, London, England
Nishant Kumar (born 26 August 1985) is a British stand-up comedianand radio presenter. He has hosted BBC Two's The Mash Report , BBC Radio 4 Extra's topical comedy show Newsjack , the Comedy Central series Joel & Nish vs The World, the BBC Radio 4 programme The News Quiz and Hello America on Quibi.
Kumar was born in Wandsworth in the mid-1980s and raised in Croydon, south London.He attended St Olave's Grammar School in Orpington before reading English with History at Grey College, Durham University. He is of Indian descent, with parents from Kerala.
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.
He has been performing as a solo stand-up performer in shows since 2013.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.
He has performed solo Edinburgh shows since 2012:
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 , 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.
In December 2019, Kumar was booed off stage at a Christmas charity lunch event for the Lord's Taverners. The performance, for which Kumar was not paid, included political jokes on Brexit and colonialism.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."
Kumar hosted the Quibi topical comedy series Hello America, which ran from August 2020 until the channel's closure in December that year.
Kumar hosted the topical BBC comedy show The Mash Report from its launch in 2017 to its cancellation 2021. It was speculated that the series was dropped due to its perceived left-leaning political position, although the BBC made no official statement on this.Kumar expressed frustration over the lack of clarity, saying "They need to make a definitive statement that it was not a political decision. Because what precedent does that set otherwise?"
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