Kumar Varun is an Indian comedian, actor, scriptwriter, and quiz master, who created a YouTube channel named Random Chikibum in 2015 with Rahul Subramaniam. He is also known for appearing in several comedy skits made by the All India Bakchod (AIB).
Kumar Varun was born on Tuesday, 19 November 1986 (age 36 years; as of 2022) in Arrah, Bihar, India. His zodiac sign is Scorpio.
Kumar Varun completed his schooling in 2003 at D. A. V. Centenary Public School in Noida, Uttar Pradesh; from the science stream; he opted for the non-medical science stream in Class 10. In 2004, he enrolled at the Shanmugha Arts, Science, Technology and Research Academy (SASTRA) in Tanjore, Tamil Nadu, where he earned a bachelor’s degree in engineering in Bioinformatics in 2008.
He managed to secure a 9.6 CGPA in his engineering. In an interview, Varun said that he opted for the science stream and pursued engineering as it was his grandfather’s wish. Talking about it, he said,
I was raised by my grandfather and I took the science stream and pursued engineering as it was his wish. Back then the situation of the house was such that I had to take up a job as soon as possible and start earning money. You know that engineering does guarantee you a good job in India. So that was the motive.”
Kumar Varun appeared for the Common Admission Test (CAT) and secured a 99.3 percentile. In 2011, he enrolled at the Faculty of Management Studies (FMS), Delhi University, to pursue a master’s degree in business administration (MBA). He earned the degree in 2013.
Height (approx.): 5′ 6″
Hair Colour: Black
Eye Colour: Dark Brown
Kumar Varun was born into a middle-class family in Bihar.
Parents & Siblings
Not much information is available about his parents. His younger sister’s name is Supriya Pandey.
Wife & Children
Kumar Varun is unmarried.
Kumar Varun came into a relationship in his first year of engineering. In an interview, he said that there was a small group of North Indian students there, and both he and his girlfriend were a part of that group. She was from Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. Talking about it, he said,
We were in South India and naturally, we North Indians came together and formed a small group. In the group, everyone paired up and so I got into a relationship in the first year of my engineering with a girl who belonged to Lucknow.”
After completing Engineering, Kumar Varun started working as a system engineer at Tata Consultancy Services (TCS). He worked there from September 2008 to May 2011. While working with the TCS, Kumar Varun worked as a strategic consultant with the Government of India for implementing better software and technology to improve the government’s core functioning capabilities. In April 2012, he joined Club Mahindra in Mumbai, where he worked as a GMC Summer Intern till June 2012. Kumar Varun worked in the Group Management Cadre (GMC) of Mahindra & Mahindra from April 2013 to June 2015. In June 2013, he joined Mahindra Holidays & Resorts India Limited as a marketing manager and worked there till June 2015. He joined The Development Bank of Singapore Limited (DBS Bank) in June 2015 and worked there as a senior manager in Group Strategic Marketing and Communications till June 2017.
Comedy and Acting
Kumar Varun’s career as a comedian started when he met Rahul Subramaniam while working with Mahindra & Mahindra. In an interview, Kumar said that he met Rahul after he hosted an event organised by a B-school in Mumbai. Talking about it, he said.
Rahul came to me in the office. He belonged to a different team and I to a different team. After I hosted an event and sort of did some mimicry and comedy acts as a host for a B-school, I became popular in the office. Rahul, who was on leave on the day of the event, was told about me and he later approached me asking if I have ever done a comedy stand-up.”
When Varun was working with the DBS Bank, he was contacted by Rahul who convinced him to participate in Only Much Louder’s Comedy Hunt with him. To participate in the competition, Kumar and Rahul created their YouTube channel Random Chikibum in 2015, which has more than 708K subscribers as of January 2023. He also has a self-titled YouTube channel, which has more than 23k subscribers as of January 2023. In an interview, Kumar talked about his first video with Rahul and said that it was based on an interview between a boss and a candidate; however, the video was shelved as it was longer than the time prescribed by Comedy Hunt. The duo later published Kata Sky, their first video, on YouTube and sent it to Comedy Hunt as their official entry. Kumar and Rahul later emerged victorious in the competition. While talking about it, he said,
We teamed up and started working on our skit’s script for the competition. The first script was based on an interview in which I was the boss and Rahul was a candidate. It did not materialize as the script turned into a six-minute long video, whereas, Comedy Hunt had asked for a 2 to 3 minutes long video. So we ditched it. Later, Rahul said he had a script on a call centre and we moved ahead with it and created Kata Sky, which also became the first video on our YouTube channel.”
Kumar and Rahul uploaded Random Daftar, a YouTube series, on Random Chikibum in 2016. In the series, Kumar Varun played the role of a character named Madan Mathews. In 2016, he played the role of a character named Atul Naak in Sumukhi Suresh’s YouTube series Behti Naak. In the same year, he appeared in the first season of a YouTube series titled Better Life Foundation in which he played the role of Anirban. In 2016, Kumar Varun appeared in his first AIB comedy skit, AIB Quickie: Facebook Friends Unfriend Each Other For The First Time.
In 2017, he appeared as Failure Mehta in an AIB video titled Honest Engineering Campus Placements. He played the role of a professor named Kodoth in the first season of the 2017 Amazon Prime web series Laakhon Mein Ek. In December 2017, he played the role of Guruji in Sumukhi Suresh’s video series Pushpavalli Season 1. Kumar Varun played the role of a character named Pranav (Peda) in a 2018 YouTube short film titled Half Ticket 2.
He appeared in a 2018 TLC India comedy show titled Queens vs Kings. In the same year, he worked with Zakir Khan in the first season of Chacha Vidhayak Hain Hamare, which premiered on Amazon Prime. In the series, he played the role of a character named Kranti “Samosa”.
In 2018, he was seen in the second season of the comedy series Better Life Foundation. The series premiered on DisneyPlus Hotstar.
He appeared as a lead character named Budhaditya Das in a 2019 web series titled Mr. Das. The series premiered on JioCinema.
Kumar Varun played the role of a character named Shikhar in a 2019 MX Player web series titled Cheesecake. In 2020, he appeared as Guruji in the second season of the Amazon Prime series Pushpavalli. In the same year, he appeared in a DisneyPlus Hotstar comedy series titled PariWar in which he played the role of a character named Babloo. In the series, he worked with actors like Ranvir Shorey, Yashpal Sharma, Sadiya Siddiqui, Nidhi Singh, and Vijay Raaz. In 2021, he acted in the second season of Chacha Vidhayak Hain Hamare. In October 2022, he appeared in Zakir Khan’s produced Amazon miniTv web series Farzi Mushaira Season 2. In November 2022, Kumar Varun played the role of an Election Commission Officer in the third season of the Amazon Prime web series Hostel Daze. Kumar Varun has participated in several comedy stand-ups in different parts of the country. On 13 January 2023, he was seen in Farzi Mushaira Season 3, along with Zakir Khan. The show premiered on Amazon miniTV.
Kumar Varun takes a keen interest in general knowledge. Kumar and Rahul Subramaniam began online quiz competitions during the COVID pandemic lockdown of 2020. From 2020 till January 2023, he has held more than 11 quiz competitions with famous comedians like Rohan Joshi, Kanan Gill, and Kenny Sebastian as contestants. He also has an Instagram account called KVizzing which features clips and stills of the competition. On the account, Kumar Varun not only posts competition videos but also uploads posts related to general knowledge.
Kumar Varun owns a Kia Sonet.
- Sports: Football, Cricket
- Kumar Varun’s friends and family also call him “KV.”
- Kumar Varun follows a non-vegetarian diet.
- He consumes alcoholic beverages occasionally.
- Kumar Varun is a hodophile (one who likes to travel a lot). He has visited several countries.
- Kumar Varun is an avid dog lover. He has a pet Alaskan Husky named Arya.
- In 2013, he received a cheque for Rs 35,000 for securing the second position in The Campus Quiz organized by Tata.
- Kumar Varun is very passionate about football and often shares pictures of his custom-built Liverpool FC merchandise on social media.
- He passionately follows his hobby of reading.
- Kumar Varun wanted to become a journalist when he was in school.
- While pursuing MBA, Kumar Varun was appointed the cultural secretary at FMS, Delhi.