★★★★★ “one of the best young comedians that Australia has to offer”
One of the brightest prospects in the comedy world, Neel Kolhatkar boasts a CV rivalling many seasoned professionals. With a subscriber base that had previously garnered him millions of hits on his YouTube and Facebook videos, Neel sky-rocketed to Internet stardom at just 19 years old in 2013 with his viral video Australia in 2 Minutes. This runaway hit has been supervened by numerous noteworthy videos- ranging from song parodies to political short films including his 2015 global hit #Equality, which was featured on the primetime American talk show Stossel (FOX Network) and has close to two million views and counting. The success of these videos has firmly cemented Neel’s position at the top of Australia’s YouTube community, as evidenced by the follow-up videos to #Equality, Modern Educaytion, which clocked close to a million views and a massive global response within 48 hours of release (now fast approaching 5 million views) and the recent The Privilege Game.
Since winning The Melbourne International Comedy Festival (MICF)’s national Class Clowns Competition at the tender age of fifteen, Neel has gone on to perform at all of Australia’s top comedy clubs and festivals. In both 2010 and ‘11 he was invited to perform at MICF’s Teenage Gala – a showcase of Australia’s best comedians aged 20 or under, and In 2013 Neel was again handpicked by the Festival directors as the youngest of 5 comics to perform as part of its prestigious annual show The Comedy Zone- featuring the finest up and coming comedians in the nation.
“Kolhatkar is undeniably a talent. His impersonations were flawless, his crowd interaction strong.”
A prolific stand-up comedian and writer, 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 Festival and performing by invitation as a part of the New York Comedy Festival in 2013 and the Just For Laughs Festival’s televised Stand Up Series at the Sydney Opera House.
Following sold-out runs across all of the major comedy festivals and his well-received debut season at the Edinburgh Fringe, 2015 has seen Neel tour his show Truth Be Told across Australia, New Zealand and the UK, and the release of his debut, self-produced stand-up special on YouTube.
“Look out old comics, NeelKolhatkar is coming to get you! His precision to detail is incredible, heaps funny fella!!”
Neel was a main cast member of the digital Emmy award winning TV show #7DaysLater in 2013. Also listed in the 20-year-old’s TV credits are writing and performing for SBS’s Stand-up at Bella Union, The Comedy Channel’s No Laughing Matter and Just For Laughs Stand Up Series galas, ABC TV’s Mediacrity, and SBS’s Comedy Runway pilot Tip Rats. He is currently working on a web series in association with Screen Australia. Neel is a talented improviser who since leading his school to a state Theatresports title way back in 2009 has gone on to found a small business teaching improvisation and drama to children and teenagers.
Neel has amassed 500,000 Facebook, 285,000 YouTube and almost 90,000 Instagram subscribers, as well as views well into the high tens of millions across all platforms. His consummate professionalism led YouTube to approach Neel to host their tenth anniversary celebrations attended by the top Australian content creators, music partners, TV networks, as well as YouTube and Google heads and heads of marketing.
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