Eshaan Akbar

"A big talent in the making"

The Times

Eshaan has appeared on shows such as Sex Education, Live at the Apollo, QI, Mock the Week, (becoming the first person of Bangladeshi heritage to appear on these shows), Celebrity Mastermind, Just A Minute, The Now ShowFrankie Boyle’s New World OrderComedy Central Live, The Big Asian Stand Up NightSunday Morning LiveA Pie and a Pint, and many more. 

Eshaan can be currently seen in Pilgrimage: The Road Through North Wales on BBC2

Eshaan was the voice of Rishi Sunak, Sajid Javid, and Narendra Modi on Spitting Image. He has hosted his own podcasts including ‘But Where Are You Really From?‘ on BBC Sounds, ‘Panic Room‘ on Audible, and the European award-winning business podcast ‘Nine Twenty Nine‘. He was the host of his own Saturday afternoon radio show on the BBC Asian Network, and Newsjack Unplugged on Radio 4Xtra. He is a regular guest on the Have A Word podcast.

In 2023, he toured the UK with his show, ‘The Pretender’, (“refreshingly funny hour that suggests a big talent in the making ****” The Times). He has performed three sell out shows at the Edinburgh Fringe – ‘Not for Prophet’ (2017), ‘Prophet Like it’s Hot’ (2018), and ‘Infidel-ity’ (2019) as well as sell out London transfers at the Soho Theatre.

Eshaan supported Micky Flanagan on his recent tour, including 9 sold-out dates the O2 Arena, and has supported a plethora of comedians, including Akaash Singh, Sindhu Vee, Kae Kurd, Adam Rowe, Dan Nightingale, Hal Cruttenden and many others.

Previously of Barclays Wealth and Merton Council, Eshaan holds a Masters in Global Governance and Public Policy and an undergraduate degree in Economics, Finance and Management. He has written articles for The Guardian, The Times, The Huffington Post, Happiful magazine and others. He is also a former Bollywood dance choreographer. Is there anything he can’t do? Yes. He can’t tie balloons once he’s blown them up. Which made his job as a children’s entertainer very short-lived.

"A fine comic entertainer, an intelligent maker of points and a wealth of fascinating facts"

The Scotsman

“So slick, I could have been watching a Live at the Apollo set”

Bruce Dessau
  • The Apprentice: You're Fired 2022
  • Spitting Image 2020-2021
  • Sex Education 2023-2024
  • Apprentice You've been Fired 2022
  • Mock The Week 2021
  • Live at The Apollo 2022
  • Qi 2023 -2024
  • Have a Word 2023-2024
  • The Last Leg 2024
  • Pilgrimage 2024
  • "Eshaan was great and we were happy... it went well and everyone said he was hilarious."Employer Brand Management Awards 2023
  • He was amazing... He took control of the evening; he was funny and entertaining immediately - he was really kind to everyone, brought them all in and gave them love. We all reconnected virtually, in a way I never through imaginable. Eshaan had a huge part to play in that. Simone, RAW

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