Stand-Up Comedian Who Performed On ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live’, Comedy Central, And Hulu Dies At 32
Neel Nanda was a talented stand-up comedian who appeared on popular television shows like “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Adam Devine’s House Party.” Sadly, now his manager, Greg Weiss, has announced the sad news of Nanda’s death.
In a statement provided to Deadline, Weiss explained, “I [am] deeply shocked and saddened by this. He was a wonderful comic, but a better person.” He added, “He had the world in front of him.” Weiss was only 32 years old.
Weiss’s cause of death has yet to be released publicly, but since the news of his death broke, tributes to the late comedian have been pouring in. The Port Comedy Club in Baltimore was the first to post a tribute to him on social media. On Instagram, the comedy club wrote, “It is with a very heavy heart we say good bye to comedy great, Neel Nanda. Absolutely shocked by the news. Such a positive force for comedy and a huge loss to our community.”
Meanwhile, on X (formerly Twitter), comedian Matt Rife wrote, “You were one of the nicest, hardest working comedians I’ve ever called a friend and i hope you can be at peace brother.”
Even though comedian Dane Cook never met Nanda, he felt compelled to post a tribute as well. On X, he wrote, “I didn’t know Neel Nanda personally but reading several tributes is both heart breaking and eye opening. I echo so many in expressing there is help out there. Please remember you are never alone. People want to help you. There is a path through your pain. Prayers to Neels family, friends and fans. Dial 988 for help and love.”
Again, while Cook’s tribute eludes to potential suicide, it’s important to note that no cause of death has been officially released or confirmed.
Nanda’s love for comedy began when he was in grade school. In middle school, he started watching Comedy Central. In high school, he started writing his own jokes. In 2018, he told the VC Reporter, “I filled up a notebook of jokes and didn’t realize until college that I could go to an open mic and tell them. I actually had a friend read the notebook and tell me, ‘You know you can just go perform these, right?’ I didn’t know, but after a quick Google search I was off to the Laughing Skull open mic.”
As on 2018, Nanda considered appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” to be his “proudest accomplishment.” He added, “I’ve performed on other networks like Comedy Central, Hulu, Viceland, etc., but Jimmy Kimmel was the first place I performed where my parents were a fan of the host.”
Watch Nanda’s appearance on “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” in the video below.
Rest in peace.