Kunal Kamra | Stand-Up Comedian, Bio, Struggle, Controversy

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Faraz Shaikh
Date : 20-09-2022
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Kunal Kamra’s Biography

Kunal Kamra’s Biography

Indian stand-up comedian Kunal Kamra was born on 3 October 1988 and he is renowned for his observational humour about the absurdities of life. During his performances, he makes jokes about politics, cab drivers, the bachelor lifestyle, and TV commercials. Kunal Kamra made his stand-up comedy debut in 2013 with a gig at Mumbai's Canvas Laugh Club. In 2013, Kunal Kamra debuted as a professional performer with "Blue Frog." In his performances, Kunal Kamra makes jokes about cab drivers, politicians, single life, and commercials. In 2017, he launched his YouTube channel. 

On March 1, 2017, Kunal Kamra posted a comedic video titled "Patriotism and the Government," which helped him become very well-known. He mocked the Indian government, the demonetization of Indian banknotes, and Indians' attitude toward the armed forces in the video, for which he received numerous death threats. In July 2017, Kunal Kamra and Ramit Verma launched their web series Shut Up Ya Kunal. The episodes typically include a conversation with one or more invited guests, intercut with clips of news segments or debates that have been edited for humour.

 

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Kunal Kamra’s Family and Kunal Kamra’s Education

Kunal Kamra

Kunal Kamra was born on 3 October 1988. Kunal Kamra's age as of 2022 is 34 years. Kunal Kamra's zodiac sign is Libra. Kunal Kamra was raised in Mahim, Mumbai, India. At a Mumbai local high school, Kunal Kamra finished his secondary education. Later, he relocated to "Jai Hind College" to finish his Commerce degree. His interests include cycling and travel. Kunal Kamra's father is the owner of a pharmacy in Mumbai. After quitting his studies in his second year, Kunal spent almost eleven years as a production assistant at Corcoise Films, the advertising film studio run by Prasoon Pandey. 

Kunal Kamra participated in international photo shoots, created commercials for well-known companies, and hosted important meetings with executives from major media companies. In 2013, he made his stand-up comedy debut at a gig at Mumbai's Canvas Laugh Club. In 2017, a video of one of his performances was posted on YouTube, which led to death threats for his satirical take on Indian hyper-nationalism.

 
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Kunal Kamra’s Stand-Up Career

Kunal Kamra’s Stand-Up Career

In 2013, he made his stand-up comedy debut at a gig at Mumbai's Canvas Laugh Club. He uploaded a comedy video titled 'Patriotism and the Government' to YouTube on March 1, 2017, mocking the government, the demonetization of Indian banknotes, and Indians' attitudes toward the armed forces. Because he posted the video online, he received several death threats. In 2018, he revealed that his landlady had asked him to leave the property because of 'political issues'. With Ramit Verma, he launched his web series 'Shut Up Ya Kunal' in July 2017. The programme features Kunal Kamra having a casual conversation with activists and politicians on opposing sides of the political spectrum. News clips of the guests contradicting their own statements are interspersed throughout the videos for comedic effect. The program's creator and editor is Ramit Verma of the satirical Facebook page PeeingHuman.

Politicians and activists featured on the programme included Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, a Dalit activist named Madhukeshwar Desai, and the vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's youth wing, Madhukeshwar Desai, was featured in the first episode, which aired on July 20, 2017. Within hours of its release, the episode starring JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid received close to a million views. The episodes also included Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar, and Umar Khalid, all JNU students. Additionally, he co-created the comedy programme 'Kaun Banega Trollpati' with the 'East India Comedy' YouTube channel. The popular game show 'Kaun Banega Crorepati' served as inspiration. On the hot seat, he appeared as 'Bhakt Launda' opposite The Real Amitji. He appeared at One Mic Stand in 2019, which had its Amazon Prime Video debut. He began a YouTube art podcast called 'Why Are We Even' in 2020, featuring Rajneesh, Aamir Aziz, Irrfan Khan, and others.

 

Kunal Kamra’s Stand-Up Specials and OTT Career

 

One Mic Stand

Dr. Shashi Tharoor is a politician, author, and diplomat with a gift for language. Sadly, so does his mentor, the hysterically disruptive Mr. Kunal Kamra. The biggest actors, politicians, musicians, and influencers in India receive stand-up comedy training from renowned comics. I'm still feeling the effects from a line from One Mic Stand's first season. Shashi Tharoor, everyone's Merriam-Webster nudge, was perplexed (not confused, dear reader) by millennial lingo, 'Say if a millennial finds somebody attractive, they say she's a snacc.' Snacc?' 'I mean, since when was it a compliment to say to somebody — you look like a Sabudana Vada?' Tharoor clinches, his hands gesticulating 'Why?'

His comedy mentor, Kunal Kamra, and the show's host and creator, Sapan Verma, both appear pleased with the applause. Pleased, not only because the set works, but also because the format — of getting a high-profile celebrity, such as Tharoor, an actor, musician, or politician, to perform a roughly 10-minute stand-up set for the first time — works. It can go horribly wrong — and it has, both this and the previous season — but the stakes are admirable. Getting people to appreciate stand-up as an art form rather than just a performance. That it is not just people telling jokes, but carefully crafted moments.

 

Shut Up Ya Kunal

Kunal Kamra, a well-known Indian stand-up comic artist converses with India's rational personalities in his unique satiric style. With Ramit Verma, he launched his web series 'Shut Up Ya Kunal' in July 2017. The programme features Kunal Kamra having a casual conversation with activists and politicians on opposing sides of the political spectrum. News clips of the guests contradicting their own statements are interspersed throughout the videos for comedic effect. The program's creator and editor is Ramit Verma of the satirical Facebook page PeeingHuman. 

Politicians and activists featured on the programme included Gujarat MLA Jignesh Mevani, a Dalit activist named Madhukeshwar Desai, and the vice president of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The vice-president of the Bharatiya Janata Party's youth wing, Madhukeshwar Desai, was featured in the first episode, which aired on July 20, 2017. Within hours of its release, the episode starring JNU students Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid received close to a million views. The episodes also included Shehla Rashid, Kanhaiya Kumar, and Umar Khalid, all JNU students.

 
 

Kunal Kamra's Shut Up Ya Kunal Episodes

Episode No.Guests Name
1Madhukeshwar Desai, (Vice-president of the BJP Youth Wing)
2Priyanka Chaturvedi, (ex National Spokesperson, Congress)
3Kanhaiya Kumar and Umar Khalid (JNU students)
4Karuna Nundy (Supreme Court Lawyer) and Siddharth Varadarajan (Co-founder, The Wire)
5Shehla Rashid (ex Vice President, JNU) and Jignesh Mevani (MLA Vadgam, Gujarat)
6Ravish Kumar, (NDTV Journalist)
7Kavita Krishnan, Politburo Member, CPI-ML and Secretary, All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA)
8Ravish Kumar (NDTV Journalist) [Part 2]
9Asaduddin Owaisi, MP and President, All India Majlis-e-Ittehadul Muslimeen (AIMIM)
10Atishi (Aam Aadmi Party) and Shweta Shalini (Bharatiya Janata Party)
11Javed Akhtar (poet, lyricist, and screenwriter) and Yogendra Yadav (politician, psephologist, and President of Swaraj India)
12Milind Deora (ex MP and President of Congress Mumbai) and Sachin Pilot (Deputy Chief Minister of Rajasthan)
13Arvind Kejriwal (CM, Delhi, Aam Aadmi Party)
14Javed Akhtar (poet, lyricist, and screenwriter) and Yogendra Yadav (politician, psephologist, and President of Swaraj India) (Part 2)
15Anubhav Sinha (Director) and Anand Gandhi
16Manish Sisodia (Deputy CM, Delhi) and Sanjay Singh (Rajyasabha MP) (Aam Aadmi Party)
17Tejasvi Surya (MP, Bangalore South, Bharatiya Janata Party)
18Sanjay Raut (MP, Rajya Sabha, Maharashtra, Shiv Sena)
19Mr. Nishith Desai (Lawyer) and Suril Desai (Analyst), Nishith Desai Associates

 

Kunal Kamra’s Career Timeline

NameYearGenre
Canvas Laugh Club2013Comedy
One Mic Stand2019Comedy
Why Are We Even2020ArtPodcast
Team Baan: Monday Morning Podcast2020Podcast

 

Kunal Kamra’s Struggles

Kunal Kamra posted a screenshot of a conversation he had with his landlady, who asked him to leave because of various 'political issues' that were brewing. Stand-up comedy can be dangerous, especially when discussing politics. Not everyone appreciates a good joke, and many people are offended when a comedian makes fun of their favourite political party or politician. One such comedian is Kunal Kamra. Kamra rose to prominence after clips from his stand-up routine about nationalism, patriotism, and demonetization went viral. 

He made fun of the Prime Minister and his policies while highlighting how politicians take advantage of the Army to further their own objectives. One of Kamra's catchphrases, 'Siachen mein hamare jawaan lad rahe hai,' went viral online and received over 2.8 million views on YouTube. But as we all know, India sometimes doesn't take jokes well. Now, the comedian has reportedly been asked to leave his home because of his involvement in political issues, according to Kunal Kamra's Facebook post. A screenshot of Kamra's conversation with his landlady in which she requests that he vacate the premises due to various 'political issues coming up' was posted online

 

According to Kunal Kamra Having a political opinion as a comedian comes at a cost. Maybe you're wondering, 'What's the big deal about making fun of people in power?' However, there are consequences. Two days before your show, a corporation will call and say, 'Sorry, we'll have to cancel this one because our CEO is a big fan of the PM and we don't want any political jokes.' You object because you asked them the same question 40 days ago, but they respond, 'He just joined last week, but let us work together on something soon.'

Or you've been invited to a news conclave and a member of a political party decides to show up at the last minute. You get a call saying, 'We don't want to take a risk because our guests are extremely powerful people whom we cannot offend, so we are cancelling the comedy session entirely.' The following day, you see a photo of another comedian performing there, with the caption, 'What an honour it was to perform at '. Because of your political beliefs, your landlady may one day ask you to leave her home and look for another. And, while all of this is going on and you're feeling particularly suicidal, HDFC will send you a message asking if you've linked your Aadhar Card. Choose widely the type of comedian you want to be.

 
 

Kunal Kamra’s Controversies

 

Kunal Kamra said in his stand-up that the apex court is a 'Brahmin-Baniya'’ affair.

Controversial comedian Kunal Kamra has landed himself in legal trouble yet again for uttering nonsense about the Supreme Court. This time, a lawyer has petitioned the Supreme Court in response to Kamra's claims during stand-up comedy that the Supreme Court is a 'Brahmin-Baniya' affair. The plea was filed as an intervention application in an already pending contempt of court case against Kamra by advocate Ashutosh Dubey through advocates Bharat Manubarwala, Aditya Manubarwala, and Siddharth Chapalgaonkar. It should be noted that Kamra is facing a contempt of court case in the Supreme Court for tweets criticising the Supreme Court for granting bail to Republic TV Editor-in-Chief Arnab Goswami.

Attorney General KK Venugopal granted permission to initiate contempt of court proceedings against Kunal Kamra on November 12, 2021, based on complaints from various law students and lawyers who had drawn the law officer's attention to four tweets by Kamra. A private individual may file a contempt of court petition in the Supreme Court only with the consent of the Attorney General or the Solicitor General, according to the Contempt of Courts Act (1971). When filing a contempt petition before a High Court, a similar consent must be obtained from the concerned Advocate General of the State.

 

The Episode Of Arnab Goswami

Kunal Kamra met Arnab Goswami on an Indigo flight from Mumbai to Lucknow, who is his archenemy. And so it came to pass. Kamra sat up and continued to make fun of Arnab. Kamra is heard saying to Arnab in a two-minute video he posted on his Twitter account, 'Here, I am asking coward Arnab about his journalism and he is doing exactly what I expected him to do.' Arnab remained silent throughout the entire ordeal.

Arnab's supporters criticised Indigo for allowing their passengers to be subjected to this type of harassment shortly after he posted the video on Twitter. After further investigation, Indigo sentenced Kamra to a six-month suspension and classified his behaviour as a Level 1 offence. The ban was later shortened to three months. But throughout it all, Kamra didn't offer any regrets.

 

Kunal Kamra’s Morphed Video Of Kid Singing For Modi

In a new uproar, Kamra posted a video of a young child performing for PM Modi in Berlin. To make fun of the PM, the clip was edited with a different song from the 2010 film Peepli Live. The seven-year-old sings the nationalistic song 'Hey Janmabhoomi Bharat' in the original video. Kunal Kamra has been an outspoken opponent of the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. 'Yaar mere aur Ambani ke beech mein Modi ji kya kar rahe hai,' he says in one of his stand-up comedy shows. What is Modi doing to me and Ambani? Why can't I vote directly for Ambani,' and the audience bursts out laughing.

During PM Modi's recent visit to Germany, Kunal Kamra tweeted a 'doctored' video of a boy singing a patriotic song while PM Modi listened on, snapping his fingers to the tune. Originally, the bespectacled little boy sang 'Hey Janmabhoomi Bharat,' but Kamra shared a video in which the song was replaced by another - 'Mehengayi daayan khaaye jaat hain' from the 2010 film Peepli Live. The morphed video was meant to mock the government's handling of inflation. Kamra, apparently amused by the morphed clip's creator's juvenile sense of humour, then shared it on his handle, sparking a massive backlash.

 
 

Kunal Kamra’s Networth and Income

The amount of assets that exceed liabilities is referred to as net worth. Cash, real estate, and anything else of value are examples of assets. It is the value of everything you own less everything you own. Net worth is not calculated on a yearly basis. So, how much is Kunal Kamra currently worth? Kunal Kamra is a comedian with a net worth of $45 million. His salary is unknown. The date of Kunal Kamra's birth is October 2, 1988. Indian comedian who has amassed a huge online following. He found his biggest audience on YouTube, where he posts stand-up videos and interviews to his more than 2 million subscribers. Kunal Kamra has given live comedy performances in clubs all over the world.

 

Kunal Kamra Interesting Facts

  • Kunal Kamra began working as an intern for MTV's internal production team when he was 17 years old.

  • Kunal Kamra left his second year of graduate school to begin working as a production assistant for Prasoon Pandey's Corcoise Films, where he remained for eleven years.

  • Kunal Kamra received a monthly salary of about INR 35,000 (USD 460) while working as a production assistant. After his YouTube channel gained popularity, his net worth significantly increased.

  • Bike enthusiast Kunal Kamra is the owner of a Royal Enfield Himalayan motorcycle.

  • Due to his dyslexia, Kunal Kamra finds it challenging to read lengthy emails and messages.

  • Kunal Kamra approached the Canvas Laugh Club in Mumbai and began performing regularly, with stand-up becoming his full-time profession.

  • Kunal Kamra began his career as an open mic performer before becoming a professional comedian. Between main acts, an open mic performer entertains the audience.

 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Kunal Kamra is regarded as an Indian stand-up comedian.
Kunal Kamra's birthday is 3 October 1988.
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Kunal Kamra's age is 34 years as of 2022.
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Kunal Kamra is best known as a stand-up comedian.
Kunal Kamra is from Mahim, Mumbai, India.
No, Kunal Kamra doesn’t have children.
Kunal Kamra's Zodiac sign is Libra.
In 2013, Kunal Kamra made his stand-up comedy debut at a gig at Mumbai's Canvas Laugh Club.
Kunal Kamra’s Father’s name is unknown.
Kunal Kamra’s College's name is Jai Hind College.
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