Thu, Aug 10 - Sun, Aug 20 2017

Desi Comedy Fest,

San Francisco, California, United States San Francisco, California, United States
7 Sponsors Confirmed
Zee TV
India West
Bolly 92.3FM
Comedy Oakland
The SetUp

  • About the event

    The Desi Comedy Fest is the largest annual South Asian comedy festival in America. The founders are comedians Samson Koletkar and Abhay Nadkarni and their vision is to showcase the funniest South Asian comedians and create a unique live comedy experience for the South Asian diaspora.  

    Now in its 4th year, the 2017 edition presents 40 comedians of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, Afghani, and  Sri Lankan descent. They also have comedians from various minority groups and the LGBTQ community.  The comedians are raw, hilarious and some of the best in the business. 

    About 4000 people are expected in attendance for the festival, the audience mostly comprised of South Asians and some non South Asian attendees. The shows are geared towards ages 18 and above. The comedians this year come from all over USA, Canada, South Africa and India, and have been on Comedy Central, Conan, Stephen Colbert, Montreal Just for Laughs, have won competitions and performed on every habitable continent. The fest wil be promoted via emails, facebook, twitter, instagram, radio, print and TV. In the past the fest has been covered by SF Chronicle, Huffingtn Post, East Bay Express, San Jose Mercury News, India West, The times of India, NDTV, KQED, CBS5, and more.

    This year the festival will run 11 consecutive nights from Aug 10 till 20 across 9 Bay Area cities of San Francisco (3 shows), Berkeley, Santa Clara, Fremont, Livermore, Mountain View, Alameda, Mill Valley and Santa Cruz. More details are available on www.DesiComedyFest.com

    Why should you sponsor?

    The Desi Comedy Fest target audience is the San Francisco Bay Area South Asian disapora, the fastest growing, highly educated and most affluent community in America. Collectively we have 30,000 facebook / 1300 Twitter / 14,000 email followers & our online reach with paid and posted media and ads is 1,000,000+ audience. Here's an quick overview of the media plan for 2017

    Press Release to be sent to 200+ TV, Radio, Newspaper, Magazine, and Social Media press contacts


    1.6 full page print ads in India West, the largest Indian newspaper in America

    2.1000 12”x18” posters all over SF Bay Area


    1.1 article, e-Newsletter, 1 Facebook Post and website ads for 1 month on India Currents Magazine

    2.Highlighted events and 1 e-Newsletter on Sulekha.com

    3.Highlighted events and 1 e-Newsletter on BayDesi.com

    4.3 promotional Facebook/Twitter posts by PBS Independent Lens


    1.2 interviews with Podcast of 1000s


    1.4 30-second ad spots every day on Radio Zindagi 1550AM for 1 month (July 19 – August 19)

    2.2 5-minute interviews during drive time shows on Radio Zindagi 1550AM

    3.13 30-second ads on Bolly 92.3FM before the fest start (Aug 1 – Aug 9)

    4.Multiple 5-10 second funny one-liners for show / music transition to be aired on Bolly 923FM

    5.11 on-air contests for ticket giveaways for each show

    6.10 30-second ads on Desi 1170AM before the fest start (Aug 1 – Aug 9)

    7.1 25-minute talk show on Desi 1170AM

    8.1 5-minute interview in Morning Drive on Desi 1170AM


    1.On air interview with Sunday Morning TV host on Showbiz India

    2.On air interview with WomenNow TV


    This festival is also your chance to collaborate and provide platform for the South Asian voices to be heard in the mainstreaam media. South Asians are breaking through on various fronts in media and entertainment and with the right support this festival plans to become the premiere South Asian / Comedy event to entice audiences from all over the country to come to San Francisco every August. Join us early and grow with us!

    Abhay Nadkarni

    The Desi Comedy Fest was co-founded by comedians and friends Samson Koletkar & Abhay Nadkarni.

    Samson Koletkar is the world's only Indian Jewish standup comedian. He has performed all over USA, Canada & India, and has been featured on NBC, CBS, NPR, KRON, NDTV, Asian Jewish Life & Silicon India listed him in "10 Indian Comedians who found success in U.S.". He is also the founder of Comedy Oakland - the #1 Comedy Club in San Francisco Bay Area on Yelp. Samson is originally from Mumbai and has a Master's degree in Computer Software. He quit his tech job to pursure standup.

    Abhay Nadkarni is a comedian/writer/producer that moved from South-India to South Central Los Angeles for grad school. He's appeared on CBS, Audible's "America from Abroad with Rob Delaney", been featured in The Huffington Post, SF Chronicle, and been part of comedy festivals SF Sketchfest and the World Series of Comedy. He is also the co-creator of "The Setup", a weekly comedy show featured as one of the best underground comedy shows in San Francisco by Thrillist and Timeout. 

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  • 2501-5000 attendees expected

    50% Male Attendees

    50% Female Attendees

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