The 3rd Annual Desi*Comedy Fest *South Asian

9 Northern California cities: San Francisco, Berkeley, Mill Valley, Santa Cruz, San Jose, Union City, Livermore, Kenwood, and Sacramento

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Info/Tix: $20-$40 |

Samson Koletkar (aka Mahatma Moses) was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. After earning a Masters 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 Chutzpah Festival in Vancouver, Twin Cities Jewish Humor Festival in Minneapolis, and Weirdass Pajama Fest; at comedy competitions including San Francisco and Seattle; at Kung Pao Kosher Comedy, and at San Francisco Comedy Day. He is the Producer of Comedy Oakland, Oakland’s longest running weekly comedy show (voted “Top 10 Theatrics” in 2012 by the East Bay Express). He 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.

Abhay Nadkarni 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 experiences as an immigrant in the US. In 2015 and 2016 he was selected to be a part of SF Sketchfest, the San Francisco Comedy Festival. Nadkarni also runs The Setup, a weekly SF comedy show, recently voted by Thrillist and Timeout as one of the best comedy shows in San Francisco.


(Opening and Closing Nights will take place in San Francisco.)

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 @ 8pm: Muscadini 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 1 st St, Livermore

Sunday, August 21 @ 7pm: Marines’ Memorial Theater, 609 Sutter St, San Francisco