Stand-Up Comedian who appeared on ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live,’ Neel Nanda dies at 32


Neel Nanda, a talented stand-up comedian recognized for his appearances on notable shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party,” has tragically passed away at the age of 32. His longtime manager, Greg Weiss, confirmed this heartbreaking news, praising Nanda as an exceptional comedian and an exceptional person, emphasizing their long-standing relationship since Nanda was 19 years old. No specific cause of death has been disclosed.

Nanda’s career was marked by standout performances, notably his memorable 5-minute set on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” in 2017. He showcased his comedic prowess on various platforms, including Comedy Central’s “Adam Devine’s House Party,” Viceland’s “Flophouse,” and Hulu’s “Coming to the Stage.”

In a 2018 interview with VC Reporter, Nanda expressed his pride in appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” citing it as a significant milestone in his comedic journey. He cherished the opportunity, especially because it was his first choice among late-night shows and a moment where his parents became fans of the host.


Moreover, Nanda hosted the popular weekly show “Unnecessary Evil” at the Westside Comedy Theater in Los Angeles, further cementing his impact on the comedy scene.

Hailing from Atlanta, Georgia, and raised by Indian immigrant parents, Nanda’s passion for comedy was evident from a young age. He recalled how his interest sparked during childhood, watching Comedy Central and enthusiastically sharing his favorite jokes in middle school.

Reflecting on his comedic evolution, Nanda shared that he initially imitated jokes before crafting his own material in high school. It wasn’t until college that he realized he could perform at open mic events, spurred by a friend’s encouragement after reading Nanda’s joke-filled notebook.

The news of Nanda’s passing has prompted an outpouring of tributes from various comedy clubs and fellow comedians across social media. The Port Comedy Club expressed shock and sadness, describing Nanda as a positive force in comedy and mourning the significant loss to the community. Others, like comedian Matt Rife, remembered Nanda as a kind-hearted and dedicated comedian.

Notably, Dane Cook shared a poignant message emphasizing the importance of seeking help and support, urging those struggling with inner turmoil to remember that they are not alone and that there is assistance available.

Neel Nanda’s untimely departure leaves a void in the comedy world, remembered not only for his humor but also for the impact he made on those who knew him.