Kaan Sekban is one of the most popular stand-up comedians in Turkey with a background in banking and finance. Born in Istanbul in 1983, Kaan holds a BA in Politics and International Relations and an MA in Strategic Marketing and Brand Management. During the 10 years he worked for Private Bank he attended acting and performance workshops in NY, and Istanbul. In 2015, disillusioned with the corporate world, Kaan ended his career in banking to pursue acting and performance.
His first proper acting job was in an opera production of “A Midsummer’s Night Dream” in Italy followed by ‘’Istanbulname” the hit musical in Turkey. Countless auditions followed, but it wasn’t until his Instagram sketches “Sacmalar”, poking fun at corporate life, that he went viral and achieved widespread recognition.
His Instagram fame gave him the courage to try stand-up comedy, starting in small comedy clubs. His shows quickly gained popularity and he found himself on the big stage.
In the last one and a half years Kaan has performed over 75 sold out shows in Turkey and world-wide. Entertaining a collective audience of 50,000 people. Recently winning best stand-up comedian of the year at Biletix “Ticket of the Year” awards.
His shows and subsequent book were a hit with the corporate world, who appreciated his sarcasm and attention to detail, as well as his genuine style of delivery. Following growing demand, Kaan created a workshop based on a smaller version of his stand-up show to perform at closed corporate events. One such event at Zorlu PSM in front of a private audience of 2,500 people.
Kaan is the writer of “Congratulations, You are Fired” 2017 winner of the best HR & Management Leadership book of the year award in Turkey in. He has a strong following on Instagram and various social media platforms.