Nimesh Patel, My New Favorite Comedian
Last week, after realizing that I hadn’t watched any movies or series in months, I canceled Netflix, Hulu, and HBO Max. My evening entertainment has become reading books and watching TikTok, a service I would happily pay for (but happily don’t have to) because it brings me so much joy. Without TikTok, I doubt I ever would have discovered comedian Nimesh Patel, a former SNL writer who’s blown up so much on the (Chinese-owned) platform, he even named his (free) special Thank You, China.
Let me get this out of the way: He’s hot. There, I said it. The internet says he is 14 years my junior, so if that makes me some kind of “cougar,” so be it. It’s not just his face, voice, and shoulders. It’s also the way he carries himself — with confidence and no fucks given. And while his demeanor has elements of East Coast bad ass, when he cracks himself up, he almost giggles. He’s having just as much fun as we are.
I also love that his politics align with mine. Most of the videos he posts are either excerpts from his special, or clips of him engaging with audience members. (Which is kind of genius when you think about it, because that way he’s not giving away any of his material from his current tour.) In one of those audience clips, a MAGA woman heckles him. His response was so perfect and hilarious, I may have howled.
He’s on tour right now. So if anyone reading this wants to go check him out at the Warner Theater in Washington, DC in early November, hit me up!