Zakir Khan (comedian)

Zakir Khan is an Indian stand-up comedian, writer, poet,presenter and actor. In 2012, he rose to popularity by winning Comedy Central's India's Best Stand Up Comedian competition. He has also been a part of a news comedy show, On Air with AIB.[1][2] His popular acts are Kaksha Gyarvi and Haq Se Single on Amazon Prime.

Zakir Khan
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Zakir Khan
Born (1987-08-20) 20 August 1987 (age 33)
Indore, Madhya Pradesh, India
EducationSt. Paul Higher Secondary School, Indore
Years active2009 –present
Known forHaq Se Single

Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare

Kaksha Gyarvi
Parent(s)Ismail Khan (father)
Kulsum Khan (mother)

Early lifeEdit

Zakir Khan was born and raised in Indore, Madhya Pradesh. He spent a large portion of his adult life in Delhi.[2] He comes from a humble background and credits his father with being supportive of his talent.[3][4] His Grandparents belongs to Sikar, Rajasthan.[citation needed]


Khan has a diploma in Sitar and is a college dropout.[5][unreliable source?] He became a known face in India's stand-up comedy circuit in 2012 when he won the title of 'India's Best Stand Up', a comedy competition organized by Comedy Central.[6][7] Besides performing at many stand-up comedy shows, he has also ghostwritten and produced radio shows. His comedy style was applauded in NDTV Prime's The Rising Stars of Comedy television show. He is known for his punchline "Sakht launda", which refers to a guy with immense self-control who doesn't easily fall for girls.[3] He also performed with Joke Singh at Gurgaon.[8] He is an emerging Urdu Poet and comes from a family of artists. He has presented his poetry in events like Rekhta. In September 2017, he appeared as one of the three mentors along with Mallika Dua and Hussain Dalal for the fifth season of The Great Indian Laughter Challenge, judged by actor Akshay Kumar. He has more than six million subscribers on YouTube and is known for works like his Amazon Prime special Haq Se Single.[9]

Khan wrote and played the protagonist in the Amazon Prime web series Chacha Vidhayak Hain Humare.[10]

In 2015, Khan co-hosted and wrote On Air with AIB, a news comedy show, with Rishab Kulal and Gursimran Khamba from the Indian comedy group All India Bakchod. The show was broadcast on Star World, India.

Zakir co-hosted the 5th Annual Golden Kela Awards.[11]

Zakir also appeared as one of the judges in Amazon Prime's Comicstaan Season 2 where he mentored the contestants in a genre of comedy known as anecdotal comedy.[12]

Zakir has also featured in the recent Amazon Prime's One Mic Stand Season 1 alongside Bhuvan Bam[13]

Apart from comedy, Zakir has also generated podcast series Ummeed on Gaana, where he shares the inspiration he got from incidents in his life, along with his other comedian friends.


  1. ^ Mathews, Neha (26 March 2016). "A sharpening of the comedic senses". The Hindu.
  2. ^ a b ScoopWhoop (28 February 2018). "From Radio Intern To 'Sakht Launda', Zakir Khan's Story Will Inspire You To Be Who You Want To Be". ScoopWhoop. Retrieved 16 May 2018.
  3. ^ a b Gupta, Deepak (11 May 2016). "AIB Diwas: Zakir Khan shares tips on wooing city women(Watch)". India News, Breaking News, Entertainment News | Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  4. ^ "These 15 Zakir Khan's Shayaris Shows The Another Side of 'Sakht Launda'". 5 November 2019.
  5. ^ "Zakir Khan Wiki : 9 Amazing Secrets!! 2020 Do You Know?". The Ideal Thought. 27 January 2020. Retrieved 19 April 2020.
  6. ^ "Zakir Khan's rags-to-riches rise in India's burgeoning standup scene". Sunday Guardian Live. 20 July 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  7. ^ "Zakir Khan – Artist Profile". Eventseeker. Retrieved 3 March 2020.
  8. ^ "Nishant Tanwar, Zakir Khan entertain guests on Gurgaon's Funniest Day at Epicentre in Delhi". The Times of India. Retrieved 17 November 2014.
  9. ^ "Best Stand Up Comedians in India". 23 April 2020.
  10. ^ Zakir Khan's web-series 'Chacha Vidhayak Hai Hamare' Has An All Exclusive Free Premier For His Biggest Fans, retrieved 10 May 2018
  11. ^ Mitra, Ankita (11 April 2013). "Not so Serious". The Hindu.
  12. ^ "Amazon Prime Video show Comicstaan renewed for second season; Zakir Khan joins as judge – Entertainment News , Firstpost". Firstpost. 6 August 2018. Retrieved 5 November 2020.
  13. ^ "One Mic Stand Web Review: So you wanna be a stand-up comedian?". 19 November 2019.

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