comedy fest

The third annual Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest featuring South Asian comedians from nine countries, will be held Aug. 11 - 21 at comedy clubs and theaters in nine cities throughout northern California. Seen here are Indian American comedians Samson Koletkar (l) and Abhay Nadkarni, the co-producers of the show. 

San Francisco Bay Area-based Indian American comedians, Samson Koletkar and Abhay Nadkarni, are back with the third annual Zee TV Desi Comedy Fest, an 11-day stand-up comedy extravaganza to be held at comedy clubs and theaters in nine cities throughout northern California: San Francisco, Berkeley, Mill Valley, San Jose, Union City, Kenwood, Livermore, Santa Cruz, and Sacramento. The festival, the largest of its kind in the U.S., features South Asian comedians from nine countries: U.S., U.K., Canada, Australia, Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, China, and the UAE. The 50 comedians come from nine countries and diverse ethnic backgrounds: Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghani, Iranian, Caribbean, Korean and Chinese.

Samson Koletkar, aka Mahatma Moses and Abhay Nadkarni are the co-producers of the show.

Koletkar was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. After earning a master’s degree in computer software and fulfilling his parent’s dreams, he moved to San Francisco, the technology headquarters and a hotbed for emerging comics. Koletkar has performed at numerous comedy festivals, including the Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver and Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival in Minneapolis. He is the producer of Comedy Oakland, Oakland’s longest running weekly comedy show.

Nadkarni moved from south India to south central Los Angeles for grad school. “But why?” would be an obvious reaction. His act is an eclectic mix of his experiences as an immigrant in the U.S. In 2015 and 2016, he was selected to be a part of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival. He also features at The Setup, a weekly SF comedy show, which was recently voted by Thrillist and Timeout as one of the best comedy shows in San Francisco.

Schedule of the shows:

Thursday August 11 @ 8pm:

Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave, San Francisco

Friday, August 12 @ 8pm:

Kuumbwa Jazz Center, 320 Cedar St, Santa Cruz 

Saturday, August 13 @ 7pm: Muscardini Cellars, 9380 Sonoma Hwy, Kenwood 

Sunday, August 14 @ 7pm: Jean Runyon Theater, 1400 J St, Sacramento

Monday, August 15 @ 8pm: Docs Lab, 124 Columbus Ave, San Francisco 

Tuesday, August 16 @ 8pm:

Throckmorton Theater, 142 Throckmorton Ave, Mill Valley

Wednesday, August 17 @ 8pm: Freight & Salvage, 2020 Addison St, Berkeley 

Thursday, August 18 @ 8pm: Montgomery Theater, 271 South Market St, San Jose

Friday, August 19 @ 8pm: James Logan Center, 1800 H St, Union City 

Saturday, August 20 @ 8pm: Bankhead Theater, 2400 1st St, Livermore 

Sunday, August 21 @ 7pm:

Marines’ Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco.

For more information/tickets visit: www.desicomedyfest.com.

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