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Kaneez Surka [1][2][3]
Birth nameKaneez Surka
Born (1983-10-28) October 28, 1983 (age 35)
Mthatha, South Africa
Notable works and rolesThe Week That Wasn't
Comicstaan

Kaneez Surka (born October 28, 1983) is a South African[4] improv, sketch and stand up comedian active on the Mumbai comedy circuit. She is also a performer on the weekly satirical news show The Week That Wasn't [5]on CNN-IBN with Cyrus Broacha and Kunal Vijaykar. She was also on the cast of Improv Comedy Mumbai[6] and is part of improv troupe 'The Improvisers' [7][8] along with Kanan Gill, Abish Mathew and Kenny Sebastian and also regularly collaborates with comedy group All India Bakchod[9] She also has a Comedy Special on Amazon Prime Video, and She also was Judge/Mentor[10] on Prime Video's Comicstaan[11]

Early Life[edit | edit source]

Surka was born in Mthatha, South Africa and attended school at the Diocesan School for Girls in South Africa in Grahamstown [12]. She holds a BA degree in Law and Psychology[13]. Surka admitted in an interview that she was encouraged towards acting and comic pieces by a high school teacher.

Career[edit | edit source]

Surka arrived in Mumbai on a break year in 2005.[14] after completing her Bachelors degree. During an improv comedy course she was spotted by Kunal Vijaykar who cast her on The Week That Wasn't. Though not part of the show's script-writing process[15], she frequently improvises on the set scripts during shooting. Surka credits Abish Matthew with the initial success of her improv workshops. [16]. Surka entered stand-up comedy through East India Comedy in 2015[16]. Surka regularly performs with stand-up comedian Kenny Sebastian, including shows at the Indian Institute of Management Lucknow[17]. Surka has also worked with Comedy Central (India) on their Living Room series of videos.[18]

In 2013, Surka together with documentary film maker Michael Burns started Tall Tales, a Mumbai-based live storytelling initiative.[19]

Besides her regular comedy work, Surka is also involved in women's rights and has spoken out about sexual abuse that she faced as a child.[20]

In 2018, Surka got her 1 hour special feature on Amazon Prime Video and also she was Judge/Mentor on Comicstaan[21] which also emerged as the most watch show on Amazon Prime[22] a talent hunt for India's best stand-up comedian. Later she also featured in Flipkart advertisement[23].

References[edit | edit source]

  1. "Kaneez Surka: I'm Scared To Do Stand-Up Comedy".
  2. "Staan for the ribtickle".
  3. "Find your spark".
  4. "Kaneez Surka". Ashtray IN. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  5. ""Kaneez Surka"". GQ India. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  6. "ImprovComedyMumbaiCast". Improv Comedy Mumbai. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
  7. "Improvise this!".
  8. "Kaneez Surka on stand-up, multiculturalism and political humour".
  9. "Nothing half-baked about it".
  10. "Comicstaan's Latest Episode Focuses On Kaneez Surka's Improv Round!".
  11. "Nishant Suri wins Amazon Prime Videos Comicstaan".
  12. "Kaneez Surka Nalwala". Improv Comedy Mumbai. Retrieved 14 June 2015.
  13. "stories to tell". Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  14. "Learning what makes Indians laugh". RNW Media. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  15. ""Kaneez Surka's interview"". Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  16. 16.0 16.1 "Laughter Therapy With The Rising Stars of Comedy". NDTV. NDTV. NDTV. 18 May 2015. Retrieved 27 June 2015.
  17. The, Times of India. "Ind heads bat for Digital India; Manfest concludes". The Times of India. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  18. Living Room, CC India. "CC The Living Room - Song - Chop & Kick". YouTube. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  19. "There are tales to tell".
  20. Indian women talk about street harassment, Youtube. "Indian women talk about street harassment". YouTube. Buzzfeed India. Retrieved 13 February 2016.
  21. "Tanmay, Kenny get together for 'Comicstaan'".
  22. "Comicstaan emerges as the most watched show on Amazon Prime Video in its first week".
  23. "Realme2 Flipkart Exclusive Launch".

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