#027: How to be funny; tell the truth - Neel Kolhatkar

By Jordan Michaelides
August 16, 2017

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Neel Kolhatkar ( @Neel.Kolhatkar94 ) is a comedian, content creator, presenter and actor with a powerful audience built from his humble beginnings on his YouTube channel, that now has over 46M views. Well-known for satirical clips such as “Australia in 2 Minutes”, and “Modern Educayshun”, Neel is an incredibly intelligent comedy creator with an innate ability to pare back culture and society across a whole slew of different mediums. Neel is the first to admit that virality was what catapulted him into the ether of Australia’s young comedy class, along with the likes of Josh Wade, Elliot Loney & Troy Kinne. But I believe his incredible knowledge of science, society, new media, and politics is what sets him apart. He is a free speech absolutist, who gives significant nods to Louis C.K., and George Carlin, the type of comedian that pushes the boundaries of acceptability. Neel, in my mind is Australia’s millennial messenger of social truth, and I think society is a whole lot better for people like him, because it allows us to not take life so seriously.


Key topics we covered:

  • The first time he noticed his knack for comedy

  • Being an internet-based creator

  • ‘Modern Educayshun’, reactions and politics

  • His creative process and sources of inspiration

  • Rick & Morty and astrophysics

  • Great comedians, Louis C.K. and the ‘child molestation joke’

  • Human biology, The Selfish Gene and today’s society

  • Media, and where it's heading

  • Stand-up and bombing on stage

  • Working and learning alongside Josh Wade & Elliot Loney

  • Common mistakes made by comedy novices


Enjoy the episode,
Jordan & Lauren




Show notes

  • Bio and background {07:43}

  • The first time he noticed his knack for comedy {10:20}

  • Being an internet-based creator {17:10}

  • The early hustle {21:32}

  • ‘Modern Educayshun’, reactions and politics {23:54}

  • His creative process and sources of inspiration {37:00}

  • Rick & Morty and astrophysics {43:34}

  • Great comedians, Louis C.K. and the ‘child molestation joke’ {59:01}

  • Human biology, The Selfish Gene and today’s society {01:09:02}

  • Media, and where it's heading {01:15:25}

  • Stand-up and bombing on stage {01:25:56}

  • If he had to train three prospective comedians {01:31:38}

  • Working and learning alongside Josh Wade & Elliot Loney {01:34:26}

  • Common mistakes made by comedy novices {01:37:39}

  • Morning rituals and exercise routine {01:38:52}

  • Best purchase under $200 in the last two years {01:41:57}

  • What seems obvious to him, but not to others {01:45:08}

  • A ridiculous obsession he has currently {01:46:26}

  • If he could have a billboard anywhere in the world {01:48:02}

  • Favourite docos or TV shows {01:50:12}

  • Books he’d recommend {01:51:41}



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