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 skyrocketed to Internet fame as a 19 year old in 2013 with a series of punchy and hard hitting Aussie impressions videos. These have since been superceded by popular and provocative short films- in particular Modern Educayshun in 2015 – which has amassed close to 5 million views on Youtube alone.
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.
A prolific stand-up comedian and writer, Neel’s insightful, hard-hitting and at times scathing commentary on topics ranging from youth, media and gender to 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.
“KOLHATKAR IS UNDENIABLY A TALENT. HIS IMPERSONATIONS WERE FLAWLESS, HIS CROWD INTERACTION STRONG.” HERALD SUN
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, 19 YEAR OLD @NEELKOLHATKAR IS COMING TO GET YOU! HIS PRECISION TO DETAIL IS INCREDIBLE, HEAPS FUNNY FELLA!!” SAM SIMMONS
Neel has amassed over 500,000 Facebook, 300,000 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.
Brett Nichols – 2015 Tropfest finalist, Brett has knocked them dead on the Nine Network’s ”Footy Show” and on The Comedy Channel’s ”Stand Up Australia”. Since winning Australia’s premier comedy competition Green Faces in 2003, Brett has become a regular headline act on both the Sydney and National comedy circuits – club and corporate. A finalist in the U.S Network NBC he is a well seasoned highly versatile comic and his ad-libbing excellence sees him transform every show into an event to remember. His mix of the ‘clever’ and the ‘rude’ will appeal to the yuppie and yobbo in everyone.
Brett has also worked as an Audience Warm-Up Comedian forReady Steady Cook!’, The NRL Footy Show, Top Gear Australia, The League Lounge on Fox Sport and Gladiators.
He is also involved in the film industry and is the writer of the upcoming Comedy Feature Film Kooks as well as having directed several award-winning comedy short films.
Brett’s Television commercials include- Carlton Draught, Telstra Big Pond, Foxtel, Ryobi, Instant Scratchies, Aussie Home Loans, Nicorette, McDonalds and HBA Health Insurance.
And Jen Carnovale is an Australian comedian from Sydney who has travelled from quaint bookstores in Canberra to Latvian kind-of scary warehouses to perform stand up. She has toured across the UK, Australia, all the good looking parts of Europe and tasty parts of Asia.
Jen began her stand up career in a comedy duo; The Cloud Girls, who won the ‘Best Newcomer’ award at Sydney Comedy Festival in 2010 and were selected as one of the‘Top Ten Next Big Things in Comedy’ in 2011 by Sydney Morning Herald/ The Age. The Cloud Girls went on to perform at numerous festivals including Melbourne International Comedy Festival, Adelaide Fringe Festival, Sydney Fringe Festival, Melbourne Fringe Festival, TINA, Playground Weekender and Peats Ridge. They were radio presenters for ABC Triple J and received a four star review by Time Out Sydney before both performers decided it was time to go solo.
Jen relocated to London at the end of 2011, and by 2012 was a Semi-Finalist for both Funny Women Comedy Awards and Leicester Square New Comedian of the Year Awards. Performing for two years across the UK, rain, hail or minus five, prepared Jen for 2013 which saw her perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Hong Kong International Comedy festival, and headline a comedy tour across the Baltics before returning to Sydney.
Since being home Jen has performed sold out shows at Sydney Comedy Festival and Sydney Fringe Festival as well as headlining great comedy rooms round Australia mate!
Jen has been described as ‘Brilliant’ by Comedy Estonia, ‘Outstanding razor-sharp slices of observational comedy” by Funny Women, and the New York Comedy Night in Paris said “She lights up the stage with her bubbling wit and sharp derision. The audience is left with no choice but to be charmed”
You can hear Jen most weekends as a regular host on 2ser Radios The Vultures Nest or see her in her newest show ‘Jen Carnovale Wronger Than You’ at this years Newcastle Fringe, Sydney Comedy festival, Melbourne International Comedy Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival, and see if all those guys and gals in the previous paragraph were telling the truth.
PLUS THREE SPECIAL GUEST COMEDIANS