AUGUST 12, SATURDAY, 8PM - SANTA CLARA CONVENTION CENTER
- 5001 Great America Parkway Santa Clara, CA, 95054 United States (map)
The Santa Clara Convention Center is located in northern Santa Clara, California. It serves as one of the largest theaters in Silicon Valley, with 262,000 square feet of space, built in 1986.
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
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.
Burbank Comedy Festival
Armando Anto was born and raised in France. He began studying classical violin at the French National Conservatory at the age of 5. After earning his BA in Finance, he turned his virtuoso talent into a business, embarking on a world tour of violin concerts. Performing and teaching his art for over a decade, Armando began implementing more and more comedy in his performances. Armando believes that in order to be successful, you have to surround yourself with successful people. This explains all the mirrors in his home.
Last Comic Standing
Laugh Factory Hollywood
Buried deep within the most luxuriant beard in comedy lives DJ Sandhu’s silver tongue just aching to get out and spread its diabolical thoughts. From Sacramento, CA, Sandhu decided to break his parents’ hearts by sharing his absurd opinions with strangers rather than going to med school like a responsible, well-adjusted adult. From the World Series of Comedy to the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and everywhere in between, Sandhu has worked with some of the industry’s legends including Bret Ernst, Dat Phan, Carl LaBove, Tommy Davidson, and Godfrey…all of which leave his mother incredibly disappointed that he didn’t choose a better life path.
World Series of Comedy
Edinburgh Fringe Festival
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
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
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
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
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.
Columbus Alive‘s “People to Watch.”
The Mispronunciation of Sumukh Torgalkar