About Anil Desai
Since performing his awe-inspiring and record-breaking ‘52 impressions in 5 minutes’ routine in 2009, Anil Desai soon developed his comedy skills & style through the UK Comedy clubs and in his own solo shows.
He has spent almost a decade touring in over 30 countries performing on many of the world’s best stages in India, Slovenia, Indonesia, Singapore, Switzerland, South Africa, Montenegro, Malaysia, The Netherlands, Belgium, Lebanon, Australia and New Zealand to name a few – helping him become one of the best comedian impressionists to emerge from the UK performing on the international circuit. Along the way, his solo shows ‘Stand Up Chameleon’, “Hey, Impressions Guy!”, ‘Night at the Movies’ and ‘Impressions of a Hindude’ have garnered rave reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe, Melbourne, Sydney & New Zealand international Comedy Festivals, Perth Fringe World, and Bulmer’s International Comedy festival in Ireland. He has also appeared at some of the UK’s biggest music festivals incl. Latitude, Bestival, Splendour Fest, and Chilli Fest since 2010.
In recent years he has become a Punchliner Comedy Club regular for Carnival Cruises in Australia & the Pacific Islands…and if the Comedy business wasn’t enough, Anil has also continually worked as a professional actor in notable British Film, Television, Radio and Theatre productions for the past 20 years. His break into comedy came when he was cast as a regular in BBC2’s multi-award winning Goodness Gracious Me series. His corporate and commercial clients incl. Ford, Sky Movies, Unilever, Disney, Dixons, and Jaguar amongst numerous others..
“Desai is a world class celebrity impersonator” * * * * * Broadway Baby UK
“One of the most gifted impressionists I’ve ever seen”* * * * The Skinny (Edfringe)
“A possessed schizophrenic tour-de-force…more than an impressionist, combining typical observational stand up with voices making him a force to be reckoned with…catch him before you are too far back in the arena to enjoy him.” * * * * Hairline
“A Tour-de-force of impressions…sidesplittingly funny… Desai is ridiculously talented…his ability to change his face, voice and physicality is undeniably astounding…Stardom is beckoning”* * * * Edinburgh Guide
‘Audience Choice’ Award – 2010 Asian Comedy Slam