AUGUST 19, SATURDAY, 8PM - BANKHEAD THEATER
- 2400 1st Street Livermore, CA, 94550 United States (map)
Since it opened in 2007, the Bankhead Theater has welcomed a diverse range of artists and audiences, bringing them together to share the rich experience of live performance. Together with performances by the Resident Companies, local community groups, and touring shows, events at the Bankhead engage, entertain, and inspire audiences of all ages.
$42 online / $52 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
Ahmed Bharoocha was born into a Irish Catholic/Pakistani Muslim household. He discovered his passion for entertaining at a young age making home movies with his older sister and his best friend. During college Ahmed got a job as a dishwasher at a comedy club in RI. He eventually made the move from dishwasher to the stage and hasn’t washed a dish since. Ahmed has performed stand-up on TBS’ Conan, Comedy Central’s Adam Devine’s House Party and at Montreal’s Just For Laughs Comedy Festival as part of the New Faces Unrepresented showcase. His sketch comedy group, Dead Kevin, has been featured on Comedy Central Studios, Funny or Die, Huffington Post UK, BuzzFeed and shown regularly at Comedy Meltdown.
Comedy Central Half Hour Special
Conan on TBS
Jaffer Khan was the runner-up in 2014 's Funniest Person in South Texas and winner of 2013's Laughtown's Funniest competition. He has performed on the Oddball Comedy Festival. He likes to keep his stand-up honest and personal, and his bio concise and mysterious.
Oddball Comedy Festival
Opened for Hari Kondabolu
Mona Shaikh is a Pakistani American comedian from NYC based in Los Angeles. She recently graced the cover of Newsweek and has been featured in The Guardian, LA Weekly and Huffington Post to name a few. She tours domestically and internationally and has her own show at The World Famous Comedy Store.
Minority Reportz-Comedy Store
Opened for Patton Oswalt
Priyanka Wali is a stand up comedian, writer, actress, and physician. She started performing stand up in San Francisco, CA. She is also a board-certified Internal Medicine physician.
Featured in Women's Health Magazine
Burbank Comedy Festival
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
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
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.