Inder Manocha has performed stand-up comedy all over the world since 2000. He has played all the major comedy venues across the country, from the Comedy Store to Jongleurs to the Hackney Empire. He has made successful appearances with the Comedy Store’s critically acclaimed ‘Cutting Edge’ team (improvised comedy on topical issues). In 2004 he won the EMMA Award (Ethnic Multicultural Media Award) for Best Comedy/Comedian, beating Meera Syal, Lenny Henry and Three Non-Blondes.
As an actor, Inder features in the film ‘The Blue Tower’, which won the Best UK Feature at the 2008 Raindance Film Festival.
He also appeared this year in Madonna’s directorial debut ‘Filth and Wisdom’, in which he plays one of the lead characters, as well as the BBC3 sitcom ‘Pulling’. In 2007 he appeared in E4’s ‘SKINS’ in the role of Anwar’s father.
Inder has a supporting role in the upcoming Jimmy Nail three-part comedy on BBC1,
‘Parents of the Band’.
In 2006, Inder performed his debut full-length show at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, ‘Unpronounceable’, at the Pleasance Courtyard. The show explored his life growing up in the ever-increasing multicultural mix of Britain.
“”¦ [Manocha] perfectly captures Britain’s infatuation with ethnic integration. Elaborate and engaging, this is a perceptively witty show”¦ conjuring up a belly full of laughs with sharp-shooting cultural observations”¦ when his feisty spirit is fully unleashed, this is one of the hottest platefuls around.” Three Weeks, August 2006
Selected Television Credits
Pulling, BBC3, 2008
Masterpieces of Vienna: Freud’s Couch, BBC4 (guest contributor), 2007
SKINS, E4, 2007
Holby City, BBC1, 2006
Dogtown, BBC3, 2006
Waking the Dead, BBC1, 2005
Life Isn’t All Ha Ha Hee Hee, BBC 1, 2005
Desi DNA, BBC2, 2005
The Comedy Store, Paramount Channel, 2004
Filth and Wisdom, Semtex Films, 2008
The Blue Tower, Monkey in Heaven Films, 2008 – winner of Best UK Feature at the Raindance Film Festival 2008
Selected Radio Credits
The Language of Laughter, Radio 4, 2007 (discussing performing comedy abroad)
How Do You Make It Stand Up?, BBC Asian Network, 2007 (discussing the British-Asian comedy scene)
Beyond Belief, Radio 4, 2006 (discussing religion and comedy)
Sandi Toksvig Show, LBC, Radio 4, 2005 (regular guest)
Freudian Slips, Radio 4, 2005 (discussing Freud’s theory of jokes)
The Ticket, Radio 4, Christmas Day 2004
The MOSAIC Talent Awards, The Natural History Museum, co-presenting awards with HRH Prince Charles, 2008.