AUGUST 13, SUNDAY, 7PM - FREIGHT & SALVAGE
- 2020 Addison Street Berkeley, CA, 94704 United States (map)
Berkeley, California, in the 1960s, was characterized by a free-wheeling mix of anti-establishment politics, radical life-style experimentation, struggles for racial and gender equality, and a profound respect for traditional cultures able to survive and even flourish outside the commercial "mainstream." Since its founding in 1968, the Freight & Salvage Coffeehouse has been deeply rooted in that aspect of Berkeley's culture that embraced freedom, tolerance, cooperation, and innovation.
$40 online / $50 door (*Lineups are subject to change)
Abhay moved from South-India to South Central Los Angeles for grad school. "But Why?" would be an obvious reaction. Maybe he had a death wish or maybe he wanted to see if Training Day was legit or maybe USC was the only school willing to give him an education. Dodging bullets en-route to grad school armed him with plenty of stories and stand up was his only catharsis for combating culture shock. His act is an eclectic mix of his experience as an immigrant in the US.
Creator/Producer/Performer - Desi Comedy Fest
SF Sketchfest Comedy Festival
Arjun Banerjee is a bisexual Indian American who was raised in part by a white San Francisco native after his mother died. He lives in the Bay Area and currently attends UC Berkeley.
Punch Line SF
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is the 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award (previously awarded to Samantha Bee, Wanda Sykes and satirist/humorist Mark Russell) presented by the National Women’s Political Caucus. KQED named her one of the twenty “Women to Watch” a series celebrating women artists, creatives and makers in the San Francisco Bay Area who are pushing boundaries in 2016. The SF Weekly named her one of the “16 Bay Area performers to watch in 2016.” She was named one of “The Bay Area’s 11 Best Standup Comedians” by SFist. The San Francisco Bay Guardian named her Best Comedian 2013 in the “Best of the Bay” Readers’ Poll. Comedy Central Asia crowned her the Grand Prize Winner of “The Ultimate Comedy Challenge” filmed in Singapore.
Comedy Central Asia
The Bay Area’s 11 Best Standup Comedians - SFist
Kabir "Kabeezy" Singh is Fresh off his "Comedy Central" Debut on the hit comedy show "Gabriel Iglesias's Stand-Up Revolution," A high-energy, crowd-pleasing comic with an in-your-face attitude and razor-sharp wit, Kabeezy's won numerous comedy competitions, including taking first place two years in a row at the Bay Area Stand Up Comedy Competition, but most importantly won the 2014 39th Annual "SF International Comedy Competition"by coming in first place in all 5 shows in the Final Round which was the first time that happened in It's rich 39 year history.
Karmen Naidoo is the fastest growing young female comic hailing from South Africa. A former model, entrepreneur, current mechanical engineer and stand up comedian is nothing less than ambitious in following her dreams. Born into a mixed heritage backrground , Indian, Scottish and Zulu, she identifies closely to her Afro- Indian culture. Featured as the only female finalist on Comedy Central’s Grab the Mic, she also hosted monthly shows at the prestigious Joburg Theatre.
Comedy Central "Grab the mic"
MLK Comedy Festival
An avid traveller and a Standup Comic, Kritarth takes pride in being an engineering drop-out, who later went onto become an arts graduate because his dad wanted him to do a degree. A confused soul, a Brahmin, and a defence brat, his comedy is a combination of all these factors brought to life on stage.
Masala Mayhem Comedy Festival
Sold out standup special "Identity Crisis"
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.
Desi Comedy Fest
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.
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
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.
Mad House Comedy Club
SF Punch Line