Nik was born in Dallas, Texas and raised in Phoenix, Arizona before fleeing west for college. He's now an actor, comedian, and activist in Los Angeles. He has appeared in Comedy Central's Idiotsitter, FreeForm's Kevin From Work, NBC's The Player, HBO's The Comeback, Kasra Farhani's The Good Neighbor, and in commercials for Verizon, AT&T, Liberty Mutual, and Wendy's. Nik is also currently a design and production activist with Art Not War.
Neeraj Srinivasan is a first generation Indian-American comedian from Boise, ID now residing in Portland, OR. He regales audiences with his remarkable takes on dealing with race relations, millennial life and the immigrant experience through stories from his unconventional childhood or misadventures and platitudes of adult life; all while maintaining his enthusiasm and whimsical attitude.
Born in Iran and raised in a Muslim family in the USA, Reyhaneh is a classic 1st-generation immigrant with an identity crisis. In 2014, she decided to make things more confusing by moving to China. Her home-base is the Kung Fu Komedy Club in Shanghai, China, where she performs on a weekly basis. She has shared the stage with international headliners from NYC and LA including: Wil Sylvince, Paul Ogata, Kyle Grooms, Dwayne Perkins, and Brad Williams. Her comedy is filled with themes surrounding cross-cultural identity; the USA's social & political landscape which she escaped; and what it means to be a Muslim in America (and China!). She finds inspiration in things that drive her mad. Reyhaneh is also the 3rd place winner of the China International Comedy Festival 2017.
Kung Fu Komedy China International Comedy Festival
Rima Parikh is a St. Louis based comic and Chicago-based unpaid intern. Despite being dubbed “unapproachable” and “downright scary” by the community at large, she is basically a microwaved stick of butter on the inside. She is part of the Chicago based comedy collective, "Simmer Brown". Other credits include writing for Reductress and handing Tim Meadows a luke-warm cup of coffee that one time.
Sumukh Torgalkar was born in Cleveland, Ohio to two Indian people. It’s a simple statement but covers the adventure that is Torgalkar’s comedy. Focusing on such varied topics as his Midwest upbringing, his Hindu faith, his friendships with the elderly, and the Insane Clown Posse, Torgalkar weaves his personal experiences and observations via his dry but engaging sense of humor.
Short and brown, and no we’re not talking about a Samosa, we’re talking about the delicious flavor of comedian Sureni. Currently suffering a parentally mandated college sentence at UC Berkeley, she combines her puppy-like heart with the void where her soul should be to write material ranging from lighthearted banter to ruthless, dark jabs that shed light on cultural dilemmas. You can catch her spicy set on stages, like the Punchline and Mad House Comedy Club, all across California.
As a female scientist and Indian dancer, Trishna Saigal spent the first 30 years of her life making her hard-working immigrant parents proud. But now, she’s making them a touch uncomfortable by pursuing stand-up comedy! In addition to searching for her long-lost lover, she is bringing the funk, she’s got her Jersey attitude, and she’s laying down her femme-power goofy wit.
Zahid Dewji is a stand-up comic of East African/Indian descent currently residing in Houston, Texas. Zahid actively features in clubs around Texas and is the current host of the popular monthly showcase BAD IDEA and producer of the weekly $2 Bill Show at The Secret Group. In addition, Zahid has been on Oddball Comedy Fest (Houston), Hell Yes! Fest, Come and Take It Comedy Festival, & Houston Whatever Fest and has shared the stage with great acts like Mark Normand, Myq Kaplan, Eric Andre, & Tom Segura.
Oddball Comedy & Curiosity Festival Funniest in Houston 2016 Finalist
Zahra is a comedienne by night and techie by day. She can be seen performing all over New York and LA. When she is not on stage or nerding out in front of a laptop, you can catch her at a taco stand near you.
Zack has been a semi-finalist in the TBS National Comedy Competition, the San Diego Comedy Competition and runner-up in the Central Valley Comedy Competition. He has established himself as a prominent comedian in the Bay Area, performing regularly at San Francisco’s Punchline and Cobb’s Comedy Club.
If life wasn't hard enough, this college drop out decided it was time to put down the books and pick up a struggle. Being a first generation American to Filipino parents, the idea of stand up as a profession, was met with disdain and heated arguments. But After a few years of hitting stages, Andrew has now become a staple in the San Francisco comedy scene, performing at the local shows and comedy clubs.
Fizaa Dosani is a stand-up comedian, actor, and writer. She is a first-generation American of Indian descent, born and raised in south Florida. Fizaa graduated from the University of Miami before relocating to Los Angeles. She tours regularly and performs all over America. These stages include the World Famous Comedy Store, Improv, the Laugh Factory, Ice House, M.I.'s Westside Comedy Theater, Upright Citizens Brigade Theater, Comedy Palace, Mad House, Nerdist Stage, iO West, the Pack Theater, and many more. Fizaa has opened for headliners Bill Burr, Joe Rogan, Dave Attell, Whitney Cummings, Howie Mandel, Adam Devine, and more.
Comedy Store's Roast Battle with Jeff Ross CBS Diversity Showcase
Shazia Mirza is an award winning British stand up comedian and writer.
But what do awards mean anyway? Everyone’s got an award. You get awards these days just for leaving the house and recycling your yogurt pots.
Shazia’s TV appearances include ‘Celebrity Island with Bear Grylls’ (C4), ‘The Jonathan Ross Show’ (ITV), Top Gear (BBC), ‘Loose Women’ (ITV), ‘The Late Late Show’ (RTE), ‘Travel Man, 48 Hours In…’ (C4) this April and she is a regular panelist on ‘The Wright Stuff’ (Channel 5). Radio includes; ‘Graham Norton Show’ (BBC), ‘The Craig Ferguson Show’ (SiriusXM), ‘The Now Show’, ‘Saturday Live’, ‘Woman’s Hour’, ‘The Robert Elms Show’ (BBC), ‘The Ian Dale Show’ (LBC) and ‘The Frank Skinner Show’ (Absolute Radio).
Shazia’s new show; ‘‘With Love From St. Tropez’‘ is currently on tour following it’s launch at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in August; “dry as they come, sharp socio-political sass on Brexit, burkinkis & butt plugs”.
Her last stand up tour, the critically acclaimed; ‘‘The Kardashians Made Me Do It’‘, played for 103 nights internationally across the UK, US, Sweden, Ireland and France and completed four sell out runs at London’s Soho Theatre.
Her parents just want her to get married.
JR DE GUZMAN (SACRAMENTO)
Born in the Philippines and raised in California, JR De Guzman began performing comedy while working as a music teacher, which he quickly learned just meant teaching Taylor Swift songs to teenagers. He has entertained all over the world, having performed for Stand-Up Tokyo and ROR Comedy in Japan, the Jokers Ball in Indonesia, the Badaboom Comedy Series in Amsterdam, the Edmonton Comedy Festival, and countless other international shows. Combining music and comedy, JR serenades the audience into laughter with songs, jokes, and stories of traveling the world, life after college, and family. He has shared the stage with Tim Allen, Margaret Cho, Daniel Tosh, Jerrod Carmichael, Iliza Shlesinger, and more. Winner of 2016 Stand-up NBC & named as a prestigious "New Face" at Just for Laughs 2017, you can catch him on Coming to the Stage Season 2 on Hulu, Comedy Central's Kevin Hart Presents: Hart of the City, and MTV's Acting Out. Also, check out his debut album on Sirius XM Radio's Laugh's USA which debuted #1 on iTunes and Billboard.
Gibran Saleem (New York City)
Gibran has been featured on MTV, TV Land, Popcorn Flix, PBS, CUNY TV, VOA, Elite Daily, and Cosmopolitan and performed his stand-up television debut on Gotham Comedy Live for AXS TV. He was the focus of an international documentary on NHK TV called Asian Dreamers: Brown is Funny and has been featured in festivals nationally across the states as well as winning 1st place in the Hoboken comedy festival. Gibran is a staple among college campuses and travels throughout the year. He can be seen on the next season of Better Things on FX by Louis CK and Pamela Adlon.
Ismael Loutfi (Atlanta)
Ismael Loutfi is a sweet boy with a kind face. He’s been called “gifted,” “quick-witted,” and a “neurotic toe-rag” by numerous friends’ parents. Underneath that sweetness lies a deeply acerbic sense of humor- the sort of thing you might develop growing up a Muslim in rural North Florida. Ismael’s take on Islam, racism, and his own shallow insecurities quickly made him a favorite all over the Southeast. In 2016, he placed 4th in the competitive Laughing Skull Comedy Festival. A month later, he went on to be a New Face of comedy at the Just For Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal and was the critic’s pick for “Best Comic on the Verge of Super-stardom" by Atlanta’s Creative Loafing magazine. He can be seen on the VICELAND series Flophouse. He now lives in LA.
Raj Sharma (Los Angeles)
Raj Sharma started his career in Dallas, Texas and soon began performing all over the country. He was the co-founder of Indians at The Improv, a wildcard finalist for HBO's The Lucky 21 and is currently touring with Ahmed Ahmed's Next Generation of Evil Comedy Tour. His daily observations, childhood stories and lightning fast crowd work make him a must see for every audience. Tom Rhodes calls him "head-crushingly funny." Bryan Callen says, "He's funny in 3 languages: English, Punjabi and the Future."
HBO The Lucky 21 Laugh Factory, LA
Usama Siddiquee (New York City)
Usama Siddiquee is a Bengali-American stand-up comedian and actor based in New York. His act is an energetic (bordering on frenetic) and intelligent (bordering on genius) romp through his own life experiences. He was most recently the 1st place winner of the 2016 Laughing Devil Cup Comedy Festival in New York; the 1st place winner of the 2015 Yonkers Comedy Festival as well as the 1st place winner of the 2015 Make Me Laugh Albany Comedy Festival.
Aiko studied theater in college but realized that she did not understand its language well. As she was still very much into performing, she started to dance at clubs in Boston. It wasn’t long before a talent agent from LA scouted her and Aiko moved to LA to become a dancer on live TV. She secured her first TV gig on the “The Grind” with MTV. Soon after, she was featured as a main dancer for “Soul Train,” a popular dance show in which many talents (namely Carmen Electra, Jody Watley, and Rosie Perez) were discovered. Aiko received many modeling offers through the show. She appeared in over 20 different calendars and was eventually invited to attend a car show to sign autographs.
At the first car show she attended, Aiko was selected to appear on an “Import Tuner” cover. She also appeared on the covers of many other auto magazines such as “D-Sport” and “Super Street.” She was actually the first Japanese/Korean to ever appear as the cover model on these major magazines. As her popularity grew, Namco signed her to be the voice of a character in the video game “Street Racing Syndicate.”
Aiko has also appeared in many music videos for Destiny’s Child, Afroman, Far*East Movement, Jin, and more. Her film and television credits include: “The Howard Stern Show,” “Late Night with Jay Leno,” “Malcolm and Eddie,” “My Wife and Kids,” “Numb3rs,” and The Fast & The Furious: Tokyo Drift. You can see her in the upcoming indie film, Finishing the Game.
When she’s not on a film/TV set or at a photo shoot, Aiko enjoys cooking, taking care of her mother, and reading books.