Out of India comes comedian Kenny Sebastian on his first ever stand-up tour of Australia, bringing with him his keen sense of observation and creative takes on banal, everyday situations.
Raised across different cities in India, Kenny started his eponymous YouTube channel in 2008 with his first video called ‘9 Hours To Live’. The channel has since grown to embrace some 1.5 million subscribers.
Kenny has also written for and performed in India’s first English sketch show ‘The Living Room’, which lampoons the perils of all things mundane. When Kenny comes to Australia, he will be performing as part of the Just For Laughs line-up in Sydney, along with theatre shows in Brisbane and Melbourne.
Here, Kenny tells us what’s in store for his first live stand-up show ‘The Most Interesting Man In The Room’ as well as breaking out of the Indian comedy scene and roasting his idols.
How are you feeling about your first trip to Australia?
Doing my first tour in Australia is genuinely exciting!
What's the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Australia?
Kangaroos. I am a big animal guy and it’s amazing how diverse the animal and plant life in Australia is. It also happens to have the coolest people too!
What can audiences expect from your performances?
I am doing a new one hour stand up special called ‘The Most Interesting Man In The Room’. It is brand new content that people haven’t seen before.
Can you tell us a bit about the stand-up comedy scene in India and how hard it is to get noticed?
Well, the Indian stand-up comedy scene is doing really well but at the same time getting noticed is always hard. Being consistent and having a good online presence where you put out good content is key to keeping your audience engaged.
Who are some of your comedy idols?
Jerry Seinfeld, Dave Chappell, Tina Fey, Jim Carrey, Kristen Wiig.
The best way you've dealt with a heckler?
By telling them to build their own stand up career from scratch and talk on stage, instead of interrupting someone else’s show.
Best heckle you've heard?
Heckles are usually from drunk audience members so it’s never worth quoting.
If you could comedy-roast anyone in the world, who would it be and why?
I would love to roast Bill Gates or Christopher Nolan. I could only roast people I really admire.
Kenny Sebastian Australia Tour Dates19 November – Factory Theatre (Just For Laughs Sydney)
20 November – The Tivoli (Brisbane)
21 November – The Forum (Melbourne)