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Know Your Comic: Five Kanan Gill Videos That Never Get Old

By Maanya Sachdeva 7 July 2020

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It doesn’t matter if you’re watching Kanan Gill work the crowd at an open-mic or at the taping of a special; it’s always solid timepass (the activity, not the review). The comic, who gained internet fame with the Pretentious Movie Reviews series he co-hosted with Biswa Kalyan Rath, not only has a genius way with words but incredible timing and a disarming knack for observational comedy. Closing in on a decade in the industry today, Gill has two comedy specials to his credit, is signed to the United Talent Agency (that reps the likes of Russell Peters, Hannah Gadsby and Patton Oswalt) and has become one of the country’s most well-known and sought-after comedians.

So, on the back of Gill’s latest special, Yours Sincerelyand to fill the void of new Kanan Gill content (there’s a solid reason for the silence though)—DeadAnt recommends these five videos to watch:

Sounds Sketchy

Together with Kenny Sebastian, Gill created a sketch comedy show on Amazon Prime called Sketchy Behaviour—six separate silly-good-fun sketches stitched together for an hour of laughter. The Break-Up stars Gill in the role of douche boyfriend and Sebastian in the role of angry girlfriend who just can’t even anymore.

Toh Problem Kya Hain?

Most Funny Ever—the pretentious movie review of Main Prem Ki Deewani Hoon has over five million views since Gill uploaded it to YouTube six years ago. But it will still crack you up in 2020. Toh phir problem kya hain? Dekho na!

Indians & Timepass

If you haven’t watched Gill’s latest special yet—go do that! It’s gotten rave reviews—from comedy-watchers, ‘influencees’ and even DeadAnt. Before it took its final form, Gill toured Yours Sincerely as Teetar in 2019—taking it to festivals, colleges and comedy clubs across the world—and everyone agreed this special was special. Here’s a teaser:

Dating Advice

How do you tell whether the guy you’re making eyes at is single or not? Check his nose, Gill recommends. Particularly insightful—if somewhat impractical—dating advice is the second Keep It Real bit we love. Naturally, the first made it to #1 position.

How Do You Cross…

…this video on YouTube without re-watching it? Part of Kanan Gill’s first special Keep It Real, this bit on the very hardcore driving school Gill went to is hilarious. Looking back on the mock test he had to give to get his learner’s license, Gill leans into his brand of humorous wordplay to try and answer the one question that has never left him: “How do you cross?”

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