Kabadasses. Image shows from L to R: Latte (Kulvinder Ghir), Emily (Josie Long), The Marauding Moustache (Tony Jayawardena), Bobby (Shazad Latif), Vin (Jack Doolan), Shobna (Mandi Sidhu), Martin (Ian Bonar), Big Dave (Dale Meeks). Copyright: Objective Productions.



Comedy Lab pilot about two friends who attempt to set up a multi-racial kabaddi team

1 Pilot
Nikesh Shukla, Riz Ahmed and Nick Hearne
Shazad Latif, Jack Doolan, Tony Jayawardena, Mandi Sidhu, Kulvinder Ghir, Ian Bonar, Josie Long and Dale Meeks
Nikesh Shukla
Anil Gupta
Anil Gupta

Kabadasses follows the story of two friends, Bobby and Vin, as they attempt to set up a multi-racial kabaddi team.

Bobby is a loveable dreamer with high hopes and no prospects. When his domineering girlfriend, Shobna, throws him out, Bobby finds himself back at his Dad's with is tail between his legs. His father, Latte, the Thamesmead cappuccino king, disapproves of Bobby's slacker lifestyle and thinks his dear departed wife spoiled the boy.

Bobby and his best mate Vin, a thug with a heart, decide that their best shot at redemption is to set up the world's first all white English Kabaddi team. Obviously. With a makeshift team and no idea of the rules, Bobby realises they need help. They find it in the shape of The Marauding Moustache, a legend in the East London League and a cross between Mr Miyagi and Homer Simpson.

Similar to wrestling, kabaddi is a team contact sport popular in India and Bangladesh. It gained a small following during 1991-2 when Channel 4 ran a game show focused on the sport - Kabaddi - presented by Krishnan Guru-Murthy.

Production Details

Part of

E4's 2011 Comedy Lab

Production company
Laugh track

Broadcast details

First broadcast
Sunday 13th November 2011 on E4 at 11:05pm
Episode length
30 minutes
Last repeat
Saturday 24th August 2013 at 2:25am

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