The Comedy King back in Australia after ten years, don’t miss the chance to see him personally in Melbourne, Sydney and Brisbane.
On 1st of May the show is going to perform at Melbourne, 2nd May at Sydney and 3rd May at Brisbane.
Say the name aloud, and your mind automatically projects an animated face that rivals Carrey’s elasticity! He needs no introduction, as he is one of the most noted comedians in Hindi cinema. King of Indian Comedy – Johnny Lever, is back to stage after 17 years with a comedy show.
Johnny Lever was born as John Prakasa Rao Janumala in Andhra Pradesh, India. Telegu is his mother tongue and he had been brought up in Mumbai’s King’s Circle Area in Dharavi. He did his schooling from the Andhra Telegu School.
He then started doing odd jobs like selling pens on the busy streets of Mumbai by mimicking several Bollywood stars and also dancing to several Bollywood songs.
Johnny Lever had been an employee in a factory in Mumbai belonging to Hindustan Lever. During his working hours, he often entertained his colleagues by imitating the American singer and actor, Elvis Presley. He once even performed on stage at some function in his factory. Johnny’s popularity amongst his colleagues and officers got him the nickname of ‘Johnny Lever’.
He started performing in musical orchestras like Tabassum Hit Parade and soon after getting fame, he enrolled himself in the group of the legendary music direction duo, Kalyanji and Anandji. With them, Johnny Lever did numerous stage shows and world tours through which he got a lot of appreciation and exposure. The tour with Amitabh Bachchan in the year 1982, was his biggest tour initially.
He is married to Sujatha and has two children, a daughter Jamie who is a stand-up comedian too and a son Jesse. His brother Jimmy Moses is also a famous stand-up comic who has worked on The Great Indian Laughter Challenge and Comedy Circus.
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The actor, Sunil Dutt once witnessed Johnny’s performance in one of his shows and he was quite impressed by Johnny’s talent and potential. He thus offered him a role in the film ‘Dard Ka Rishta’ which was Johnny’s very first film in his career.
During the 1980s, Johnny Lever released his comedy/mimicry album called ‘Hansee Ke Hungame’ which was a hit both at the domestic market as well at the overseas market. The success of this album increased his popularity to a higher level. He had even appeared on television commercials like the one directed by Shekhar Kapoor for ‘Kachua chhap’ incense.
In the year 1986, Johnny Level performed in a charity programme called ‘Hope 86’. Seeing his talent the renowned producer Gul Anand offered Johnny a role in his film ‘Jalwa’ with the famous Naseeruddin Shah.
Johnny Lever got his very first break in ‘Tum Par Hum Qurban’ followed by ‘Dard Ka Rishta’. He has acted in above 350 movies which included movies like ‘Kishen Kanhaiya’, ‘Khatarnak’, ‘Kasam’ and ‘Tezaab’. His first major breakthrough came with the Abbas Mustan film ‘Baazigar’.His role of that of ‘Babulal’ in this film was greatly appreciated by many. Following ‘Baazigar’, Johnny appeared in almost every other movie in a supporting role. Apart from movies, he even tried his hand in numerous live shows. One of his most famous live performances was at the 1999 Filmfare awards where he impersonated the sensational pop singer and dancer, Michael Jackson.
The man made it to the top by putting a smile on others faces. He does so with so much energy, sincerity and hilarity – he cannot be denied our attention for 2 1/2 hour of show.
The show is a clean, family oriented stand-up. He interacts with the audience through his routines, the result of is a laughter riot. Johny enjoys his time with the audience – his warmth for his fans shines through.
Johny Lever Live is a modern-day Hindi stand-up comedy show suitable for all age groups. With references and observations on day-to-day topics like social media, politics and human behaviour, it is a true laugh riot.
1) In the year 1997, Johnny Lever won the Star Screen Best Comedian Award for his role in ‘Raja Hindustani’.
2) In 1998 and 1999, he grabbed the Filmfare Best Comedian Awards for ‘Deewana Mastana’ and ‘Dulhe Raja’ respectively.
3) In 2002, Johnny Lever won the prestigious Zee Cine Best Actor in a Comic Role Award for his performance in the film ‘Love Ke Liye Kuchh Bhi Karega’.