“This guy is extremely funny. Neel’s impressions are truly brilliant. Raps and sings like an absolute champion”
Neel Kolhatkar is one of the brightest prospects in Australian comedy. At 19, he boasts a CV already rivalling more seasoned stand-up professionals. With an existing subscriber base garnering him hundreds of thousands of hits on his YouTube videos, Neel sky-rocketed to Internet stardom in 2013 with his viral video ‘Australia in 2 Minutes’- which collected over a million hits within three days of its release.
As prolific a stand-up comedian as he is at writing, producing and directing videos, Neel charms audiences with his impeccable foreign accents, faultless impressions, refreshingly amiable style of insightful observation and energetic delivery.
Since winning The Melbourne International Comedy Festival’s national ‘Class Clowns’ Competition at the tender age of fifteen, Neel has gone on to perform at Australia’s top comedy clubs. In both 2010 and ‘11 Neel was invited to perform at MICF’s ‘Teenage Gala’ – a showcase of Australia’s best comedians aged 20 or under. In 2012 Neel appeared in the well-received Sydney Fringe show ‘Barely Legal’ – a showcase of stand-up comics aged 18 or under. And in 2013 Neel was again handpicked by the Melbourne International Comedy Festival 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.
“Look out old comics, 19 year old @NeelKolhatkar is coming to get you! His precision to detail is incredible, heaps funny fella!!”
Neel’s subject matter ranges from cultural observations to pop culture and mainstream media and he prides himself on the broad inclusiveness of his comedy.
Neel has been an all-round performer from a young age, with a diverse repertoire of skills that includes rapping, singing and dancing. He is an accomplished actor specialising in character acting. This skill-set has formed the basis for the character-based videos he has uploaded to his YouTube channel since 2007. As of November 2014 Neel has amassed over 185,000 YouTube and 345,000 Facebook subscribers, as well as over 20 million views across both platforms. Ranging from high intensity impressions to more traditional sketches or music videos, Neel’s channel offers a wide variety of entertainment styles and has been met with widespread popular acclaim. He is also a gifted improviser having led his school to the NSW Theatresports Schools title in 2009. Neel’s stand-up comedy was filmed for the SBS television series Stand Up At Bella Union which aired in early 2014.
Neel debuted his first hour of stand-up to three sold-out shows at the 2013 Sydney Fringe Festival, culminating in the 11th hour addition of a marquee solo show at Sydney Comedy Store. He then made his debut at that year’s New York Comedy Festival and performed his new show to sold out crowds across all the major Australian comedy festivals before heading to the UK to play the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and shows in New York, L.A. and London in 2014.
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