Omar Qureshi is a Pakistani-American comedian. He is new to the Bay Area stand-up comedy scene, but he has wasted no time making a splash. He was a finalist at the Rooster T. Feathers Comedy Competition and the Funniest Stand-Up Comic in the Bay Area Competition. He was runner-up at the Stand-Up Showdown at the San Jose Improv. He moonlights as a law student at Stanford.
Paul Varghese is a Dallas, Texas, comedian of Indian descent who appeared on the hit reality show Last Comic Standing 2, where he made it to the semi-finals. He taped his first full-set for national television on March 8, 2007, for Comedy Central's Live at Gotham which aired July 13, 2007. He was a regular on the Pugs and Kelly radio show, noon-3 p.m. weekdays on Live 105.3/Free FM in Dallas when that radio station and show was still on the air.
Prateek Srivastava is a Chicago based comedian whose talent has landed him on nationally recognized stages such as Zanies Comedy Club, Laugh Factory,and Second City. Prateek Srivastava is a co producer of the long running show Snack Attack Comedy. Prateek is also the founder and producer of Simmer Brown Comedy which has received national attention from the Aerogram, DESITALK, and Margaret Cho. In 2014, Prateek was selected as Chicago Finalist in NBC's Stand Up for Diversity Talent Search.
Best of the Fest - Kriti Arts Festival in 2014 NBC'S 2016 Break Out Comedy Festival at Second City
Coming from an East Indian background, growing up in Suburban Seattle, and making Oakland, CA her home her style of comedy is witty, intelligent, and rich with the cultural experience of an Urban East Indian American Woman. In the last few years she has hit comedy stages around the country with a force of a thousand dancing elephants.
Season 9 Last Comic Standing 2014 Women in Comedy Festival, Boston, MA
Raj Sharma started his career in Dallas, Texas and soon began performing all over the country. He was 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."
Rajiv Satyal is a standup comedian originally from Cincinnati, Ohio. His TV-clean act has made him one of the most versatile comedians working today. He hosts his own weekly show at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. Rajiv has garnered 4 million+ YouTube views and been featured on NBC, NPR, Nickelodeon, Fx, Netflix, Times Now, TV Asia, and Pandora, as well as in The Wall Street Journal, Advertising Age, The Huffington Post, India Abroad, The Cincinnati Enquirer, and the Los Angeles Times. In August 2014, Rajiv released a video, I AM INDIAN, that went massively viral. He co-created the world-touring Make Chai Not War, a Hindu/Muslim stand-up show that traversed seven Indian cities, sponsored by the U.S. State Dept. This LA-based pocket pundit challenges people to see a new point-of-view. Most of all, he talks about what it’s like to be Rajiv. And we all have some Rajiv in us, even if we don’t want to admit it.
Richard Sarvate is a San Francisco based comedian with an alternative sense of humor. He is Indian, though his last name was butchered during an immigration debacle. He is a programmer by day and also a programmer by night. But he also finds time to talk about weird stuff on stages. His act consists of quirky observations, impressions, and surreal one-man sketches.
Ruby has performed at the San Francisco Punchline, Cobb's Comedy Club and as a part of the Redwood Comedy Festival, Desi Comedy Fest, 5 Funny Females and the Outsourced Comedy Tour. She currently produces three shows-Yum & Yummer, Shit Talk and Local Talent-in San Francisco and one-Oakland Comedy Shop-in Oakland.
Awarded 2nd place in the ‘Funniest Person In The World Competition’, Saad Haroon is a world-renowned comedian, writer and performer. A comedy pioneer, he created Pakistan’s first improvisational comedy troupe ‘BlackFish’. Saad was the first stand-up comedian to tour Pakistan and has written five critically acclaimed solo shows. He has also performed in prestigious venues all over the world including the Southbank Centre in London and the world famous Laugh Factory in Hollywood. He created, hosted and was head-writer for ‘The Real News’ Pakistan’s first English language comedy show on television and recently had a video featured on Conan!
Laugh Factory Funniest Person In The World Competition The Real News - Play TV
Sabeen Sadiq is a comedian and writer based in Chicago. She began her career in comedy at The Second City, using improvisational comedy as a gateway to the stand-up comedy scene. Living in San Francisco for a brief period, she coproduced several shows and performed all over the Bay area at several popular venues including Cobbs Comedy Club and the San Jose Improv. Currently she resides in Chicago performing stand-up all over the city, and is a regular at The Laugh Factory.
Lebanese-Palestnian-Syrian-Italian American born in Oakland California Sammy Obeid is best known for setting a world record of performing stand up comedy 1,001 nights in a row. The nearly 3 year long streak, which ended with an appearance on TBS’s Conan, was chronicled by both The New York Times and Time Magazine. Recently a semifinalist on NBC's Last Comic Standing, Sammy was invited to be one of the first ever comedians to perform on the Van’s Warped Tour in 2015, following an extensive college tour, in which he was voted "Fastest Rising Star” of 2014 in Campus Activities Magazine.
Samson Koletkar (aka Mahatma Moses) was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. Growing up in the world's most crowded city, he spent most of his childhood years burning the midnight candles for earning a Masters Degree in Computer Software, thereby fulfilling his parent's dreams. He then moved half-way across the world, to the technology headquarters and a hotbed for emerging comics - San Francisco. Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a first-generation immigrant perspective. Driven by personal trials and tribulations, his subtle satire addresses religious and political hypocrisies, social issues, and day-to-day absurdities of human nature.
Creator/Producer/Performer - Desi Comedy Fest Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour
Sanjay was born in New York, USA and later moved to Los Angeles, California when his father got transferred with Air India. After graduating from college, Sanjay started working in IT and Consulting in the US, as well as doing comedy on the side as a hobby. He relocated to India in 2010 and has since shifted his focus to stand-up comedy while also working with Accenture as a part-time consultant. In June 2010, Sanjay formed a performing group, The Polished Bottoms, along with other stand-up comedians Sundeep Rao and Praveen Kumar.
Opened for Russell Brand Canvas Laugh Club (Mumbai)
Shanti Charan’s bubbly personality and contagious smile lure in audiences and her comedic abilities keep them laughing. She is a Bay Area favorite and a regular at every local club including both San Francisco and Sacramento Punch Line, Cobb's, Rooster T Feathers and The Improv. She also produces one of the best comedy shows in the East Bay, Oakland Comedy Shop. Shanti has had the opportunity to work with talented people such as; SNL's Sasheer Zamata, Rob Delaney, Nate Bargatze, Dan Cummins, Pablo Francisco, Tom Rhodes and Arj Barker. Charan was awarded SF Weekly’s Best Stand-Up on the Way Up. SF Weekly says Charan’s writing “is clever and confident beyond her years.”
"As seen on The Jonathan Ross Show, Loose Women, The Late Late Show, and following three sell out runs at London's Soho Theatre, Shazia Mirza performs her acclaimed show "The Kardashians Made me Do It'. This show is a searing and urgent exploration of life, love and Jihadi brides. It explores the dangers of politically correct liberalism versus the sinister and terrifying intrusion of ISIS into the lives of young British Asian women."
Sindhu Vee is a London based stand up comedian. Born and brought up in the India, Sindhu has degrees from Delhi University, Oxford University and the University of Chicago. She was previously an investment banker. Sindhu now performs regularly all over the UK including The Edinburgh Fringe and in India. Her solo show ‘The Girl From Sindhustan’ was sold out at the Museum of Comedy, London, in 2015 and will be at the Brighton Fringe in May 2016.
BBC Big Comedy Night Live at Watford Palace Theatre BBC Asian Network Radio
Comedian, Actor & Writer Sonya Vai was born and raised in New York City but is constantly asked “where are you really from?” by drunk men in bars. Although she's of South Asian descent, Sonya has a culturally diverse face and is often mistaken for a terrorist. She loves being belligerent and airing her family’s dirty laundry. Sonya recently completed her first national comedy tour where she performed in 20 cities over 23 days. Sonya can be spotted around LA's finest bus stops and comedy clubs telling her unique brand of jokes!
2016 San Diego Comedy Festival 2016 World Series of Comedy
Spencer Latham is the rarest of things: a San Francisco comedian who was born and raised in the city. After leaving the lucrative and and glamorous world of majoring in philosophy he decided to take his talents to the people and has been delighting audiences with his wit and charm all over the Bay Area.
Sumedha Ahuja-Bahri is a first generation Indian American lawyer, stand-up comedian/comedy writer, playwright, and has one toddler. She moved from Boston 6 months ago to the Bay Area. She co-wrote and co-produced a successful stage comedy in Boston called "Fishnet-networks.net" that ran for 3 years in Boston's Theater district.
Sundeep Rao is India's only blind comic... actually partially blind! He brings his comic foresight, which unlike his sight is rather clear. Influenced by Indians and inspired by the world; Sundeep has been a professional comic since 2012. An improvisational actor and voice over artist, he brings his unique style and dry humour to stages across India!
Magners International Comedy Festival Weirdass Pajama Festival
California grown, Suraj Dutta has unique perspective on life. Raj's comedy specks to the common person. His raw edgy style covers a wide range of topics. The comedy rhythm he brings to the stage commands your attention. Raj has performed in most of the clubs in California Bay Area Comedy Scene, and has monthly New Talent Showcase at the Sacramento Punchline. With a high energy stage presence and set-up punch style Raj Dutta will make you laugh.
Sacramento Punchline Comedy Club Rooster T Feathers Comedy Club
Tamer began his comedy career in Los Angeles and New York, but very quickly began to tour internationally. His over-seas experiences include tours for the troops in Afghanistan, performing at the American University in Cairo (during the Egyptian revolution) and the Edinburgh fringe in Scotland, where he received three 4 star reviews from international press.
Winner of The World Series of Comedy Best New International Act @Edinburgh Fringe
Tushar Singh a stand up comedian who spends time between the US and India. Since starting in New York in 2005, he has performed at various clubs, colleges, festivals and private shows. Upon moving to Los Angeles in 2012, Tushar co-created Unnecessary Evil – a weekly stand up comedy showcase at the Westside Comedy Theatre in Santa Monica. The show was hailed as one of the “10 Best New Stand-Up Shows in L.A.” by LA Weekly. In May of 2015 he was featured on the Fox television show “Laughs” for a performance at the Hollywood Laugh Factory.
Professional standup comedian, headliner, currently based out of India. Vasu Primlani's is India's only comedian to receive Presidential honors. The recipient of over a dozen international awards, Ms. Primlani's comedy features what baffles her in daily life. She has featured and headlined in hundreds of shows across India, US and the UAE.
If you were to ask Yogi how he would describe his comedy he would say it’s “Intellectual absurdity.” If you asked him what that means he would say, “My material isn’t smart, but you need to be smart to see how stupid the joke is.” He is a Comedian living in Brooklyn, NY.
Zahra Noorbakhsh is a feminist, Muslim, Iranian-American comedian, writer and actor. The New Yorker Magazine dubbed her one-woman show, "All Atheists are Muslim" a highlight of the International New York City Fringe Theater Festival, the largest multi-arts festival in North America. "All Atheists are Muslim" is an autobiographic romantic comedy about moving in with her White, atheist, infidel boyfriend and telling her Iranian Muslim parents about it. She is cohost of the podcast, #GoodMuslimBadMuslim, deemed a "must listen" by Oprah Magazine and was recently invited to record at the White House.
#GoodMuslimBadMuslim podcast one woman show "All Atheists are Muslim"