Shanti Charan

Indian American comedienne Shanti Charan was voted SF Weekly’s “Best Stand-Up on the Way Up.”

San Leandro, Calif. — A unique “Desi Comedy Fest,” featuring the best South Asian standup comedy talent from across the country, will tour four venues across the San Francisco Bay Area next week.

Local talents Abhay Nadkarni and Samson Koletkar have put together the show, which will bring together Indian American standup star Dhaya Lakshminarayanan (Comedy Central Asia), Imran G. (Walk The Plank Comedy Competition Winner), Kabir Singh (featured on Starz Network), Priya Prasad (Boston and Los Angeles Comedy Festivals), Rajeev Dhar (Host of “Troubled Comedy Night”), Richard Sarvate (Redwood Comedy Festival), Shanti Charan (SF Weekly’s “Best Stand-Up on the Way Up”), and Tushar Singh (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival).

“We have a huge South Asian community in the U.S. and they love stand-up comedy, so why not have a comedy festival featuring up and coming South Asian comics?” said Abhay Nadkarni, a comedian from Bangalore who now lives in San Francisco.

“Samson and I started talking about this back in February after a show.  We have a huge South Asian community in the U.S. and they love stand-up comedy, so why not have a comedy festival featuring up and coming South Asian comics. There’s a burgeoning comedy renaissance right now. A lot of my friends keep asking me about the comedy scene and are interested in knowing more about South Asian comics. This would be a great platform to bridge that gap,” says Abhay Nadkarni, a comedian from Bangalore, India, who now lives in San Francisco.

Koletkar adds: “We are starting with the Bay Area but hopefully we will be able to make this an annual affair and attract comedians from beyond the Bay Area to L.A., the West Coast, U.S., and North America, and someday perhaps even bring over South Asian comedians from all over the world.”

Joining Abhay & Samson are comedians Dhaya Lakshminarayanan (Comedy Central Asia), Imran G (Walk The Plank Comedy Competition winner), Kabir Singh (featured on Starz Network), Priya Prasad (Boston & LA Comedy Festival), Rajeev Dhar (Host of Troubled Comedy Night), Richard Sarvate (Redwood Comedy Festival), Shanti Charan (SF Weekly’s Best Stand-Up on the Way Up), and Tushar Singh (Laughing Skull Comedy Festival)

The Desi Comedy Fest opens Aug. 13 at 8 p.m. at Cobb’s Comedy Club, 915 Columbus Ave, San Francisco; and moves to the Washington Inn, 495 10th St, Oakland, Aug. 14 at 8 p.m.; the Sunnyvale Community Center Theater, 550 East Remington Drive, Sunnyvale, Aug. 15 at 8 p.m; and Vito’s Express at 4060 Grafton St, Dublin, Aug. 16 at 8 p.m.

For information, visit DesiComedyFest.com.

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