Kapil Sharma (Comedian)


Kapil Sharma (born 2 April 1981) (birth name Kapil Punj) he took Sharma as his surname which was his maternal surname. He is an Indian stand-up comedian, television presenter, actor and producer. He hosted a television comedy show Comedy Nights with Kapil from June 2013 to January 2016. Currently, he is hosting another comedy show on Sony Entertainment Television named The Kapil Sharma Show. He first appeared in the Forbes India Celebrity list in 2012, ranked 95th.

Ormax Media rated Sharma the most popular Indian television personality in April 2016.[2] Forbes India ranked him 27th on their Celebrity-100 list in 2015.[3] Forbes India ranked him at 7th position in terms of fame and at 11th position in terms of income on their Celebrity – 100 list in 2016.[4] He was awarded the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year 2013, in the Entertainment category[5] and was ranked third in the Most Admired Indian Personality List by The Economic Times in 2015.[6] Sharma was nominated for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi[7] and was invited to the Rashtrapati Bhavan by President Pranab Mukherjee in September 2015 to acknowledge his contribution for the same.[8]

Early and personal life

Sharma was born in Amritsar, Punjab. His father Jeethendra Kumar Punj was a head constable in the Punjab Police and his mother is a housewife.[9] His father died of cancer in 2004 at Safdarjung Hospital in Delhi.[10] His brother, Ashok Kumar is also a constable. He studied at the Hindu college in Amritsar, Punjab.

Sharma lives in Mumbai by himself as a bachelor.[10] He suffered a slipped disc in February 2015 while shooting for a song for his debut movie.[11][11]


Sharma rose to fame after winning the comedy reality television show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge in 2007, for which he won ₹10 lakh as the prize money.[12] He had previously worked in the Punjabi show Hasde Hasande Raho on MH One channel.

Sharma (second from left) on the sets of Comedy Nights with Kapil in 2013

He participated in Sony‘s Comedy Circus[13] and went on to win six seasons of the show.[14] He also hosted the dance reality show Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa Season 6[15] and another comedy show Chhote Miyan.[16][17] Sharma was seen as a contestant in the show Ustaadon Ka Ustaad in 2008. In 2013, Sharma launched his own show, Comedy Nights with Kapil, under his banner K9 Productions on Colors.[18]

At the CNN-IBN Indian of the Year awards 2013, Sharma was felicitated with the Indian of the Year award in the entertainment category by veteran actor Amol Palekar.[19] During the 2014 Lok Sabha Elections, he was appointed the Brand Ambassador by the Delhi Election Commission.[20]

Sharma was the co-host of the 60th Filmfare Awards in 2015 along with Karan Johar.[21] He was the presenter for the fourth season of Celebrity Cricket League, 2014.[22] He appeared as a guest on the opening episode of the eighth season of the Indian television game show Kaun Banega Crorepati[23] and also as a celebrity guest on The Anupam Kher Show.[24]

Sharma made his Bollywood debut as the male lead in the movie Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon, a romantic-comedy directed by Abbas Mustan opposite four actresses, Elli Avram, Manjari Phadnis, Simran Kaur Mundi and Sai Lokur.[25] The film was released on 25 September 2015 to mixed reviews from critics and did record breaking opening day business for a debutant.[26][27][28]

After the end of Comedy Nights with Kapil, Sharma signed a contract with Sony TV for a new show called The Kapil Sharma Show. The Kapil Sharma Show started airing on 23 April 2016 & received a positive response from the viewers.[29][30]

As of December 2016, he has signed two movies and is currently working on them.[31][32] Also he has renewed his contract with Sony Entertainment Television for The Kapil Sharma Show.[33][better source needed]


Sharma has been known for his efforts in promoting animal rights. He and the cast of Comedy Nights with Kapil appeared in a PETA campaign to promote adoption of homeless cats and dogs.[34] In July 2014, he adopted a homeless dog ‘Zanjeer’, a retired police dog from Mumbai. He has also campaigned to save tortured elephants across the country.[35] Sharma was nominated for the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan by the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for which he campaigned and regularly promotes on his show.[7]

On 09 Sept 2016 Kapil Sharma tweeted and tagged the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he was asked to pay bribe to someone at the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) for making his office even though he was paying large amount in taxes. Kapil Sharma did not name anybody in this case, nor did he lodge a complaint with BMC. Responding to his tweet the Chief Minister asked him to furnish all information to enable them to take strict action.[36]


Brawl with Sunil Grover

Kapil Sharma recently assaulted Sunil Grover physically and verbally on a flight. The controversy was later visible on social media when Kapil Sharma apologized to Sunil via Facebook and twitter. [37][38]


Year Shows Role
2006 Hansde Hansade Ravo Himself
2007 The Great Indian Laughter Challenge 3 Himself
2008 Chhote Miyan Host
2009 Ustaadon Ka Ustaad Himself
2009 Hans Baliye Himself
2010–13 Comedy Circus Himself
2011–12 Star Ya Rockstar Himself
2013 Jhalak Dikhhla Jaa 6 Host
2013–16 Comedy Nights with Kapil Host / various characters
2014 Kaun Banega Crorepati 8 Guest
2014 The Anupam Kher Show Guest
2015 60th Filmfare Awards Host
2015 Farah Ki Dawat Guest
2015 Aap Ki Adalat Guest
2015 DID Guest
2015 Indian Idol Junior Guest
2015 The Voice India Guest
2015 Aaj Ki Raat Hai Zindagi Guest
2015 Star Guild Awards Host
2016 22nd Star Screen Awards Host
2016 61st Filmfare Awards Host
2016–present The Kapil Sharma Show[39] Host / various characters
2017 62nd Filmfare Awards Host
2017 Koffee with Karan Guest


Year Title Role Notes
2011 Bhavnao Ko Samjho Thakur’s son Cameo
2015 ABCD 2 Himself in Comedy Nights with Kapil Cameo
2015 Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon Kumar Shiv Ram Kishan “Bholu” Debut lead role
2017 Firangi Village Boy Actor & Producer


Year Awards Category For Result
2012 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor – Comedy Kahani Comedy Circus Ki Won
2013 Comedy Nights with Kapil
Funniest Serial – Comedy Comedy Nights with Kapil
CNN-IBN Indian of the Year Entertainer of the Year Kapil Sharma
BIG Star Entertainment Awards Most Entertaining Comedy Show Comedy Nights with Kapil
2014 Star Guild Awards Best Comedy Show
2015 Sony Guild Film Awards Promising Debut (Male) Kis Kisko Pyaar Karoon
2015 Indian Television Academy Awards Best Actor (Comedy) Comedy Nights with Kapil

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