Desi Comedy Fest
Desi Comedy Fest is the largest South Asian comedy festival in America. Desi, pronounced as “They- See”, is a loose term for the cultures and products of South Asia and their diaspora, derived from the Ancient Sanskrit देश (deśá or deshi), meaning Land or Country. "Desi" countries include Afghanistan, Bhutan, Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
Samson Koletkar, one of the co-founders, produced 2 shows with a Pakistani and Indian lineup in mid-August of 2013, in honor of the Pakistani & Indian independence days. After a semi-successful run of the 2 shows the seed was planted in Samson's head. Sometime after the fest Samson met his friend and fellow comedian Abhay Nadkarni at a comedy show. Abhay had spoken to Samson in the past about producing shows in the Bay Area and during the car ride back hom Samson pitched his idea to Abhay. The whole idea for a multi-city Desi Comedy Fest manifested itself during that car ride home. Desi Comedy Fest launched in August 2014 with 4 sold out shows in 4 cities across the San Francisco Bay Area.