#088: Neel Kolhatkar - What the future holds

By Jordan Michaelides
October 16, 2018

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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 57M views. Well-known for satirical clips such as “Australia in 2 Minutes”, and “Modern Educayshun”, Neel has now expanded into network TV series Virgin Bush (ABC), StreetSmart (Channel 10), as well as creating new characters like “Charles D” which he features regularly, now on a dedicated Instagram account.

Neel is an incredibly intelligent comedy creator with an innate ability to pare back culture and society across a whole slew of different mediums. He’s the first to admit that virality was what catapulted him into the ether of Australia’s young comedy class, but I believe his incredible knowledge of science, society, new media, and politics is what sets him apart. Society is a whole lot better for people like him because it allows us to not take life so seriously.

Always a brilliant chat with Neel where we covered:

  • Comparing the NRL and AFL

  • His obsession with space

  • Roles on TV, latest projects and future

  • His experience on The Rubin Report

  • Politics in Australia

  • Australian comedy

  • Finding middle ground


01:15 - Introduction

04:33 - Rugby, The Dragons

12:25 - NRL vs AFL

16:06 - The impact of the AFL and NRL in Australia

26:37 - Earliest memory, background, childhood

30:02 - Acting and how he got into it

30:50 - Lessons learnt from his parents

32:16 - Working while studying

36:57 - Obsession with space

45:13 - Modes of interstellar travel

49:10 - His roles on TV, latest projects and future

58:25 - His own productions

01:01:30 - His experience on The Rubin Report, Dave Rubin

01:04:13 - Politics in Australia

01:14:33 - Same old bullshit

01:17:05 - Australian comedy, Melbourne Comedy Fest

01:22:06 - Most influential book

01:22:18 - Finding middle ground

01:22:50 - Standout film or TV series

01:24:38 - Quotes he lives by