Eshaan Akbar

Eshaan Akbar

Since starting comedy in March 2014, Eshaan has established himself as an act with exciting potential.

A winner of the Piccadilly Comedy Club New Comedian of the Year 2016, Eshaan has been in the finals of other prestigious competitions, including So You Think You’re Funny 2014 and Laughing Horse 2014. He has performed across the UK and in Germany and Bangladesh. In 2016, he supported Dane Baptiste on his UK tour.

Eshaan has also performed at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival, Latitude Festival, Brownstock and others.

His professional career has taken him from private banking through to corporate communications via a career in local government public policy. He has previously written for The Guardian, The Times online, The Observer New Review and The Huffington Post UK. He is a member of the UK Speechwriters Guild and Fellow of the RSA.

Eshaan is also a board member of the UpRising Emerging Leaders Advisory Board.  He mentors other UpRisers and young people, offering career guidance and mentoring support.  The leadership programme afforded Eshaan the opportunity to consider multiple career paths and subsequently he became more aware of the social impact he could effect within his local community.

Born and raised in East London, he is a Manchester United fan (obviously) and has torn cricketing allegiances – he fails the Tebbit test every time. He has previously dabbled in Bollywood dance choreography.