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 December 26, 2023

Stand-up comedian Neel Nanda dies at 32

The world of stand-up comedy lost a star this week.

According to the New York Post, comedian Neel Nanda reportedly passed away at age 32. The comedian had appeared on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" and Comedy Central’s "Adam Devine’s House Party."

Nanda, who was born in Atlanta, Georgia, to Indian immigrant parents, jump-started his comedy career at a young age. He would reportedly watch skits on Comedy Central and then perform them in middle school.

In a 2018 interview, he explained how he began writing his own jokes and where that took him.

"I didn’t realize I was stealing jokes until I was in high school," Nanda told VCReporter in 2018. "When I was in high school I started writing my own jokes using the structure of some of the jokes I had previously stolen."

"I filled up a notebook of jokes and didn’t realize until college that I could go to an open mic and tell them,” Nanda said at the time.

He added, "I actually had a friend read the notebook and tell me, ‘You know you can just go perform these, right?’ I didn’t know, but after a quick Google search I was off to the Laughing Skull open mic."

Understandably so, Nanda was also proud of his five-minute skit on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!"

"I’ve always wanted to do a set on late night, and ‘Jimmy Kimmel’ was my first choice. So the fact that it came together kind of blew my mind," he revealed during the 2018 interview.

The late comedian added, "I’ve performed on other networks like Comedy Central, Hulu, Viceland, etc., but Jimmy Kimmel was the first place I performed where my parents were a fan of the host."

Given his popularity on the stand-up circuit, tributes poured in over the weekend across social media. Several social media posts alluded to his cause of death being suicide.

"I’m very sad to hear about the passing of Neel Nanda. He was so kind and funny. Please go watch his standup. If you are struggling with suicidal ideation, the suicide hotline is now reachable in the US by dialing 988. And let’s all be better at looking out for one another," one X user wrote.

Another X user wrote, "I just heard Neel Nanda passed away. When I was doing standup he was everywhere. He founded a podcast network and ran two of the best shows on the westside. Not only was he a great comedian, he worked harder than anybody else on the scene."

Written By:
Ryan Ledendecker

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