Tuesday Night Live Comedy! presents the Desi Comedy Fest!

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Tuesday Night Live Comedy presents the 4th Annual Desi Comedy Fest, the largest South Asian comedy festival in America, with featured comedians Abhay Nadkarni, Arish Singh, Karinda Dobbins, Pallavi Gunalan, Richard Sarvate, Kabir Singh, Samson Koletkar, Zahid Dewji and Zach Chapaloni. 

Join us every Tuesday for an unforgettable belly-splitting evening of comedy! Each week we showcase 5-7 different comedians at the top of their game. Tuesday Night Live Comedy features fresh talent on the rise, alongside veteran comics from around the world. Our theatre-style stage combined with an intimate comedy club atmosphere provides a truly unique and memorable experience. Laughter is the best medicine and we guarantee you will be laughing and smiling all week! Come see what the fun is all about!

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Desi Comedy Fest is the largest South Asian comedy festival in America with a mission to showcase the funniest South Asian comedians and create a unique live experience for the South Asian diaspora. Now in its 4th year, the 2017 edition presents 40 comedians from diverse backgrounds – India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Afghanistan, Iran, Fiji; Hindu, Muslim, Christian, Sikh, Jewish, Agnostic, Atheist; Male, Female, Straight, Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual. The comedians bring to stage their unapologetic and unabashed experiences, observations and opinions.

MEET THE COMEDIANS

Abhay Nadkarni

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


Arish Singh

Arish Singh is a Chicago-based comedian who has opened for national acts like Tim Heidecker (Tim & Eric), Hasan Minhaj (The Daily Show) and W. Kamau Bell (Totally Biased). Singh has been featured in the Bridgetown Comedy Festival, the Chicago Comedy Exposition, and the Crom Comedy Festival. In Chicago, Singh co-produces SolidHilarity, a comedy show that raises money for activists and labor unions, is a producer for Woke-Up Stand-Up, and is a contributing writer for the progressibe talk show Good Evening with Pat Whalen.

Bridgetown Comedy Festival 2017
Chicago’s Comedians You Should Know


Karinda Dobbins

Motor City native Karinda Dobbins was born into a politically active family of skilled storytellers and sharp wits. Dobbins moved from Michigan to California’s Bay Area and responding to repeated dares from a girlfriend who challenged her to try making the crowd laugh at an open mic, Karinda finally took the stage at Woody’s Café. To date, she has appeared at the Bridgetown Comedy Festival; featured at Bay Area comedy clubs the Punch Line and Cobb’s; opened for Hari Kondabolu, Trevor Noah and toured with W. Kamau Bell. Karinda made her primetime national television debut on Coast-to-Coast Episode 1 on NickMom Night Out.

Opened for Trevor Noah
Nickleodeon


Pallavi Gunalan

Pallavi is an Indian American comedian from Los Angeles. She has performd all over USA & India, and also runs her own weekly mic/show – Mom Party at Next Stage Theater

Kill Tony Podcast
Canvas Laugh Club


Richard Sarvate

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.


SF Sketchfest
Desi Comedy Fest


Kabir Singh 

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.

Comedy Central
Starz Network


Samson Koletkar

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


Zahid Dewji

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


Zack Chapaloni

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.

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August 15 2017

Details

Date: Tuesday, August 15
Time: 8:00 pm
Cost: $17 - $27
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Wed 27

Noon Concert
with Friedrich Edelman, Rebecca Rust, and Beni Shinohara

Wednesday, September 27 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Wed 27

Improv and Acting Workshop

Wednesday, September 27 @ 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Mort Sahl, Social Satirist

Thursday, September 28 @ 7:00 pm
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Ritch Shydner’s
A Tale of Five Comics

Thursday, September 28 @ 8:00 pm