Neel Kolhatkar

Comedian Profile

Neel’s insightful, hard-hitting and at times scathing commentary on topics ranging from youth, media, gender and race, coupled with his array of character voices, impressions, crowd-work and charismatic stage presence has charmed audiences across the globe. Neel is making waves overseas, with runs at Edinburgh Fringe Festival and performing by invitation as a part of the New York Comedy Festival.

After winning the Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national Class Clowns Competition at fifteen, Neel was invited (in both 2010 & 2011) to perform at the Festival’s Teenage Gala – a showcase of Australia’s best comedians aged 20 or under, and in 2013 was again handpicked by the Festival directors as the youngest of five comics to perform as part of The Comedy Zone – featuring the finest up and coming comedians in the nation.

Neel skyrocketed to Internet fame in 2013 with his viral impressions video Australia In 2 Minutes.This has since been superseded by his popular and provocative short films – in particular Modern Educayshun – which has amassed over  7.5 million views on YouTube alone. Neel has also released his debut, self-produced stand-up special on YouTube, which is soon to be followed by his 2016 live special filmed at Sydney’s Metro Theatre. A main cast member of the digital Emmy award winning TV show #7DaysLater, Neel has also written and performed for SBS’s Stand-Up At Bella Union, The Comedy Channel’s No Laughing Matter, Just For Laughs Stand Up Series, ABC TV’s Mediacrity, and SBS’s Comedy Runway pilot Tip Rats.

★★★★★ ‘You need to see Neel Kolhatkar…he will have you wishing the show hadn’t been only an hour’ – Broadway Baby (UK)

★★★★★ ‘One of the best young comedians that Australia has to offer’ – Weekend Notes

★★★★★ ‘clever, incisive and outright hilarious’ – Theatre People