Nish Kumar reveals hopes for Late Night Mash after exit

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Nish Kumar

Nish recently stepped down as host of Late Night Mash (Picture: UKTV)

Nish Kumar has opened up on the reasons he quit his show Late Night Mash just one series after it moved from the BBC to Dave.

The comic has helmed The Mash Report on the BBC since 2017, with it being picked up and renamed by Dave.

After one series, however, Nish has decided it’s time to go.

‘In my head, it felt like a logical point. I’ve done it for five years and I was really thrilled that the show went to Dave – it felt like a really good home for the show and the channel was very supportive of the show. Also I have a long relationship with Dave,’ he told Metro.co.uk ahead of performing at comedy night Old Rope at London’s Vaudeville.

‘I think personally, I’m really proud of the episodes we did and it just felt like a good moment for me to try something different. It’s a show I loved deeply but it’s not a show that I was involved in the creation of, it’s very much their show. So it just felt like it was time for me to strike out on my own. But I love everybody over there and I had such a good time doing it.

‘If I didn’t feel gratified about the position the show has been left in – because there really isn’t a show like it on British TV. I hope – I don’t know what’s happening with it in future but it just felt like a good moment for me to sort of step away from it.’

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‘It’ll be completely up to the people who are still making it,’ he added of the show’s future. ‘I think they’ve got good people that are already involved in the infrastructure of the show so, to me, that makes much more sense than bringing someone new in.’

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He’s excited to get back to live comedy (Picture: Getty Images)

‘It lasted longer than we thought it was going to – it was a miracle,’ Nish pointed out of the show’s run on the BBC. ‘We didn’t think the pilot would get picked up. The fact that we did it for four years on the BBC is pretty incredible.’

Now, he’s excited to head back to what he loves best: live comedy. With his huge tour, Your Power, Your Control, coming up, he’s getting ready with a show that means a lot to him.

‘Old Rope is a very special gig, it’s been going for absolutely years,’ he explained.

‘It’s the sort of new material night that I’ve gone to so often, basically every Monday in the pre-pandemic era, I would wander down there and try stuff and you get to watch really incredible comedians start working stuff out from the back of that room. It’s such a nice idea of celebrating the live circuit again.’

Adding that the pandemic has meant plenty of us don’t take things for granted anymore, he reflected: ‘The idea of being able to wander over there and try out some often quite terrible jokes – I’m really excited!’

Meanwhile, he can’t wait to get back on tour. ‘I’m very excited about it. It’s my favourite thing that I get to do, tour shows. I’m so excited – as with all of these things, I’m 50% excited and 50% petrified but I think that’s natural.’

Nish is well known for being unapologetically opinionated, an approach that once memorably got him pelted with bread at a charity gig over a joke about Brexit.

Turning his thoughts to cancel culture, he mused: ‘As far as I can tell, it seems to be incredibly lucrative to be cancelled.

‘I’m thinking of doing it! It seems to be a real good way to sure up your bottom line, is to get cancelled. There seem to be a lot of media platforms willing to discuss your cancellation with you.

‘My show was literally cancelled and it didn’t do us any harm. We got picked up by a different channel. Get cancelled, make money. From what I can tell, that seems to be what’s going on!’

As for whether he’d ever turn his talents to Strictly Come Dancing or I’m A Celebrity, he’s got some…unique thoughts.

‘My friend Joel Dommet did I’m A Celebrity and, I’ll be honest with you, I don’t look as good in swimming trunks as Joel. So I don’t think anybody needs to see that.

‘I think I would like to do a reality TV show but only to see how quickly I could tank it. Strictly seems to be uncancellable juggernaut television that could run and run until the heat death of the planet. It’s the most lovable show on television. I reckon, you stick me in there and that thing is getting canned within two weeks.

‘I think my rumba could break this country’s spirit.’

Nish is hosting Old Rope at the Vaudeville theatre on Monday November 15. His tour Your Power, Your Control begins in February 2022, with tickets on sale now.

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