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Kanan Gill is an Indian stand-up comedian, actor and YouTuber. He won the Punch Line Bangalore Competition. He is known for the YouTube series Pretentious Movie Reviews where he reviews flawed yesteryear Bollywood films along with fellow stand-up comedian Biswa Kalyan Rath. He was one of the main personalities behind the YouTube Comedy Hunt and also co-hosted the YouTube FanFest India. In 2017, he had his own one-hour comedy special, Keep It Real.[1] He made his debut on the big screen with the movie Noor, alongside Sonakshi Sinha. In 2018, he was also the judge on Comicstaan, a comedic reality TV show.[2]

Kanan Gill
Born (1989-12-24) 24 December 1989 (age 29)
EducationB.E. In Computer Science.
Alma materM S Ramaiah Institute of Technology
OccupationStand-up comedian
Years active2013 – present
Height176 cm (5 ft 9 in)

Early lifeEdit

Kanan was born in Bareilly. His father is an officer with the Indian Army. Kanan started his schooling at Ahlcon Public School and was later educated at The Frank Anthony Public School, Bengaluru.[3] He pursued a B.E. in Computer Science at M S Ramaiah Institute of Technology. He was a part of a band where he later became the lead singer when he started writing "funny songs".


Kanan worked as a software engineer in Exeter Group Inc., for three years.[4] In the meantime, he participated in and won a competition called Punchline Bangalore followed by another win at the Comedy Store in Mumbai. He then quit his job to pursue a career in comedy.

He gained popularity with the viral YouTube series Pretentious Movie Reviews. He reviewed critically panned popular Hindi movies along with Biswa Kalyan Rath. Kanan also worked in an improvised sketch comedy show, The Living Room on Comedy Central.[5][6][7][8][9][10][11][12][13][14] Gill made his acting debut in Sunhil Sippy's Noor in 2017, alongside Sonakshi Sinha.[15] The same year, Gill launched the Keep It Real series on the Amazon Video platform.[16]



Year Film Role Notes Reference
2017 Noor Saad Sehgall Lead actor opposite Sonakshi Sinha [17]


Year Platform Name Notes
2017 Amazon Video Keep It Real[18][19]
2016 YouTube Better Life Foundation Produced by Them Boxer Shorts
Released by All India Bakchod.[20]
2014 – present YouTube Pretentious Movie Reviews
I Can Do That
How Insensitive
2014 - 2017 YouTube Son of Abish Season 1
Season 2 with Biswa Kalyan Rath
Season 3 with Sonakshi Sinha
2018 Amazon Video The Improvisers: Something From Nothing[21] Alongside Kenny Sebastian, Abish Mathew, Kaneez Surka
Comicstaan - Season 1 Himself - Judge[22]
2019 Amazon Video Sketchy Behaviour
Amazon Video Comicstaan: Season 2 Judge


  1. ^ The Improvisers: Something from Nothing, retrieved 17 October 2018
  2. ^ The Improvisers: Something from Nothing He Also worked with johnny sins for adult pretentious movie reviews, retrieved 17 October 2018
  3. ^ "Take it from Gill". The Hindu. Retrieved 14 June 2014.
  4. ^ "About Stand Up Comedian: Kanan Gill". Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  5. ^ "Kanan Gill unplugged". Deccan Chronicle. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  6. ^ "Comedy Central to premiere 'The Living Room'". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  7. ^ "Disney owned YouTube MCN Maker Studios signs up Indian channels: AIB, Kanan Gill, others". Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  8. ^ "Reviewer duo Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath throw a few punches at bad Bollywood movies". Archived from the original on 16 October 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  9. ^ "Kanan Gill and Biswa Kalyan Rath's first live show in Gurgoan". The Times of India. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  10. ^ Allan Moses Rodricks. "Take it from Gill". The Hindu. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  11. ^ "How To Make Your YouTube Videos Work". Archived from the original on 16 November 2014. Retrieved 3 December 2014.
  12. ^ "Boys of Bollywood". The Indian Express. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  13. ^ Anil Wanvari. "Indian Television Dot Com - Comedy Central sees potential in localised content". Indiantelevision. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  14. ^ "Kanan Gill". CreativeMornings. Retrieved 29 December 2014.
  15. ^ Natasha Coutinho (6 July 2016). "Today's headlines are tomorrow's garbage: Sonakshi". Times Of India. Retrieved 6 July 2016.
  16. ^ "Keep It Real". IMDb.
  17. ^ "These Artists Became Famous In Most Unconventional Ways". News18. 2017. Retrieved 14 August 2018.
  18. ^ "Kanan Gill's show, Keep it Real, is the freshest thing you can stream this week".
  19. ^ "Kanan Gill breaks down technology for parents in Brunch WTF".
  20. ^ "What's Good And Not So Good About AIB's Latest Web Series 'Better Life Foundation'".
  21. ^ The Improvisers: Something from Nothing, retrieved 17 October 2018
  22. ^ "Comicstaan emerges as the most watched show on Amazon Prime Video in its first week". dna. 21 July 2018. Retrieved 14 August 2018.

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