Best known as “the Sinnerman” on the hugely popular ITV quiz show The Chase, trained medical doctor Paul Sinha has been a successful comedian for a number of years. Having performed eight solo shows to the Edinburgh Fringe to date, he has also played every major comedy club in the UK, performed in eighteen other countries across the globe, and been three times nominated for Best Club Comedian at the Chortle Awards, winning in 2014.
As the world’s only gay Anglo-Bengali GP-turned-stand-up-comedian, Sinha is reluctant to be defined purely by his identity. His material explores the hilarious pitfalls of sexual politics, far right extremism and competitive quizzing as well as the uplifting such as being in a new relationship and how to celebrate your own personal success.
Watch Paul Sinha: Shout Out to My Ex
After riding the highs of a successful TV career, with a hit stand-up show under his belt and an exciting gay relationship underway, Paul’s subsequent year was a series of unfortunate events that provided all the pain (and punchlines) for this accomplished solo performance. Watch Paul relish in a hilarious catalogue of misery, delivered with his characteristic flair for spinning a good yarn.
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Educated at Dulwich College and St George’s Hospital Medical School, Sinha qualified as a GP in the 1990s. It was whilst at medical school that he developed a thirst for performing in the St George’s annual revue. As a student he utilised the opportunity to refine his comedy writing as co-editor of the medical school newsletter, popularly known as the Slag Mag.
Sinha began performing stand-up while working as a junior gynaecologist in hospitals in London and King’s Lynn. Speaking to The Guardian in 2007 “Looking back,” he says, “if I’d had three bad gigs in a row, I might have thought, ‘This isn’t for me.’ But I’d always have two bad gigs, then one good one. So I kept going, for absolutely ages, at a very, very slow rate.”
In 1999, he came third in the final of the Hackney Empire New Act of the Year and after several years of combining touring with his medical career, Sinha’s breakthrough came with his second solo Edinburgh show, Saint or Sinha?, which earned him the 2006 if.comeddie nomination. His first move to the small screen came in 2001 where he appeared on BBC1’s The Stand up Show.
In 2011, Sinha joined the British ITV quiz series The Chase as the fourth “Chaser”, an opportunity later responsible for his international fame. Famously revealing his sexuality on the show, Sinha was praised for going public.
As well as his weekly adventures on the programme, Sinha has made appearances on televised comedy showcases at The Comedy Store, and on the Jason Manford hosted It’s a Funny Old Week in 2015. In 2016, he followed Beverley Knight onstage to perform on Tonight at the Palladium. Frequently heard on Radio 4 Paul has also featured on longstanding Radio 4 classics such as The Now Show, Just a Minute, and The News Quiz.
In 2015 Paul recorded the first of three series of Paul Sinha’s History Revision, and in 2016 the show won the prestigious Rose D’or for Best Radio Comedy.