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‘What is This?’ Indian comic Kanan Gill tours UK

‘What is This?’ Indian comic Kanan Gill tours UK

Soho Theatre in London has announced a UK run for top Indian comic Kanan Gill, coming to London, Birmingham, Salford and Glasgow this May with his new show: ‘What Is This?’

Soho Theatre first introduced Kanan to London audiences in 2019 when he performed in Soho’s Comedy Tent as part of Diwali in the Square. He subsequently performed at Soho Theatre in Dean Street, London, later that year and returned with a sold-out two-week run in 2021. In 2024 Kanan kicks off his UK tour at the Southbank Centre’s Queen Elizabeth Hall in London on May 15.

“WHAT IS THIS? is about nothing at all. So far. But what does nothing mean? What is emptiness empty of? Are thoughts thieves in an empty house? Oh shut up dude, stop it,” says Soho Theatre.

Gill is an Indian stand-up comedian who rose to fame with the YouTube series ‘Pretentious Movie Reviews’ where he reviews flawed yesteryear Bollywood films. His partner-in-comedy, running this wildly popular series, is fellow stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath. The duo has stirred up a storm on YouTube with their over-the-top commentaries and super-funny personalities. They have reviewed popular movies such as ‘Gunday’, ‘Hum Saath Saath Hain’, ‘Prem Aggan’, and ‘Aap ka Suroor’, which earned them a large fan following in movie-crazy India.

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Originally a software engineer, Kanan quit engineering to focus fully on his career as a comedian. From a young age Kanan was a funny kid who loved to joke around and play pranks. Born into a typical Indian family, there was no doubt he would one day pursue a conventional career that would guarantee stability.

After high school he chose to study computer engineering though he never lost his love for comedy. During his college days he became a part of comedy bands and spent his leisure time writing silly songs. Once graduated, he took up a cushy job as a software engineer.

Rising awareness of him in India gained him the opportunity to work on an improvised sketch comedy show ‘The Living Room’ on Comedy Central. He also co-hosted the YouTube ‘FanFest India’ and was one of the main personalities behind the YouTube Comedy Hunt. Ambitious to achieve even more, Kanan ventured into Bollywood films in 2017 with a major role in the movie ‘Noor’ starring Sonakshi Sinha.

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Kanan has toured extensively across India and around the world in Singapore, Hong Kong, Dubai, Doha, Bangkok, Vietnam, the UK, the Netherlands, North America and Australia.

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