5 mins with Neel Kolhatkar
Neel Kolhatkar is one of the brightest prospects in Australian comedy. At 19, he boasts a CV already rivaling more seasoned stand-up professionals. With an existing subscriber base garnering him hundreds of thousands of views on his YouTube channel, Neel sky-rocketed to internet stardom in 2013 with his viral video ‘Australia in 2 Minutes’ – which collected over a million views within three days of release.
Here is our Q&A with Neel Kolhatkar, a proud member of the Boom Network.
What inspired you to start a YouTube channel?
I thought I could entertain people.
What do you do when you aren’t creating videos?
I am either watching TV, studying or basking in a pool of diamonds with a bevy & voluptuous beauties.
What would a typical day in your life include?
waking up late, having a massive breakfast, going to uni, maybe doing stand-up at night or making a video.
Do you have any special talents that your fans might not know about?
Depends if you consider cracking phone screens a talent.
When you look back at all of your videos to date is there a video in particular that you are specifically proud of?
I can’t look past Australia in 2 Minutes as that was the one that catapulted my channel. Also Australian Media and Teenage Girls.
Are there any milestones that you are aiming for?
I would love to have 100 000 subscribers before the year ends. Currently at 85 000
What is your creative process like when you create a video?
I generally jot down a few ideas, then get in front of my camera and go nuts.
What was it like when you first met some fans in real life?
Very surreal – I was more shocked and nervous than they were.
Have you ever had a concept that you found so amusing that you struggled to get through the video without breaking character?
All my KogDog videos. I find the KogDog character so funny, even when I am writing the script or coming up with ideas, I struggle not to laugh.
Who are your top 5 favourite International YouTubers?
Timothy De La Ghetto, Filthy Frank, Jimmy Tatro, D-Trix and you can’t go past Jenna.
Was there another YouTuber that you followed closely before starting your own channel?
Definitely Superwog and Filthy Frank.
If you could collaborate anyone who would it be?
I would love to do a collab with Superwog.
What do you think is the most rewarding part of being a YouTuber?
You are reaching thousands upon thousands of people whilst keeping a relatively indiscreet public profile and not getting caught up in too much commercialisation as of yet. I think that keeps YouTubers very grounded and allows them to connect with a mainstream audience.
Please tell us in one sentence only, why everyone reading this should subscribe to your channel.
Because you will either love it or hate it – either way it will be memorable.