Rajiv Satyal is a Los Angeles-based comedian/host. His TV-clean act has made him one of the most versatile comedians working today. He began his career in his hometown of Cincinnati, Ohio.
Rajiv had an unusual entry into standup, doing his act for then-World No. 1 tennis player Pete Sampras in a locker room. Satyal has some interesting claims to fame: he opened for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of 17,000 people. He made the massively viral I AM INDIAN video, which has been seen over 50 million times, shared by Bollywood stars, and used to introduce the Indian Prime Minister in Shanghai and Dubai. He has opened for Russell Peters more than any other Indian comedian. Rajiv has opened for Dave Chappelle five times, and even opened Chappelle’s very first show after his much-publicized African hiatus. And one night in New York City, Satyal closed the show at Gotham Comedy Club, following one of his heroes, Jerry Seinfeld.
Satyal performs weekly at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood. He has 12 videos with over 100,000 YouTube views each, and been featured on/in Amazon, NBC, NPR, Nickelodeon, Netflix, GQ, Bob & Tom, Times Now, Fx, Zee TV, Spotify, Pandora, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Variety, Advertising Age, The Times of India, The Huffington Post, and The LA Times.
Rajiv has performed on five continents. He co-created the world-touring Make Chai Not War, a Hindu/Muslim stand-up show. The U.S. State Dept. sponsored it, sending it to seven cities in India. The show became part of the Congressional Record after being mentioned on Capitol Hill to Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry.
This University of Cincinnati engineer and former P&G marketer has done stand-up at more than 100 colleges. He named his alma mater’s online radio station “Bearcast,” launched/managed a Miss India America’s career, and has spoken to audiences from Fortune 500 companies to NFL players on innovation, diversity, and personal branding. His corporate clients include P&G (13 times), GE (8 times), Google, General Mills, Quaker, Toyota, Cisco and more. He runs a consulting business called the Standpoint Agency, which helps marketers generate insights for their brands. He gave a TEDx Talk, “The Jester Is King.”
Satyal has acted in national commercials and in TV shows. He has recorded 130 episodes of his podcast, The TanGent Show, and has interviewed everyone from Deepak Chopra to Seth Godin to Preity Zinta. In his spare time, Rajiv writes TV ads, performs improv, and produces sketches. His writings have made the front page of Medium and received hundreds of thousands of views on Quora.
In 2018, Satyal ran a Kickstarter, which was 100% funded in one day and exceeded 2x its goal ($56K total) in one month. The purpose is launching his own talk show, What Do You Bring to The Table? Guests include everyone from Hasan Minhaj (Satyal’s old roommate) to the first Indian Miss America to the first Indian U.S. Surgeon General.
Rajiv wrote No Man’s Land, a 100-minute one-person show about his dating life that sold out all performances from LA to NY to San Francisco to Cincinnati. This show actually led to Satyal’s marriage, which itself had a comedic arc: Rajiv proposed to his girlfriend while opening for Kevin Nealon, and at his wedding, Russell Peters finally opened for him.
Pre-throwdown. 🍸 #lasvegas
Thanks to the 6’11” Jarrett Allen for being a super dope conversationalist. My @universityoftexasaustin wife appreciates it. And for not standing. F’real. This 5’6” man appreciates it. #imthetallestinthispic #netsgivemehigh5s @nbasummerleague 🏀
Vegas Bound! 🎰 ✈️ #inkwell
How Does It Feel to Be in an Earthquake? Read on Medium. Link in bio. https://link.medium.com/nc58eiOw8X #earthquake #ridgecrestearthquake 🌎
Scene 4. “Chalk Talk.” “Welcome to Marketing 101. I’m Professor Satyal. Today’s topic is Truth in Advertising. Let’s start with Advertising. Then we’ll do Truth, which is its opposite.” #themaninthemiddle 🎤 🔥 Photo Credit: somersimages.com
Thank you to my hometown of Cincinnati for coming out to see my latest one-person show, “The Man in The Middle”! I was overwhelmed by the turnout, standing O, & all the love in that old church... where I did do some preaching. 🎤 This shot (taken by Smita Sriv) is from Scene 5, “1994,” so I’m rockin’ a Bugle Boy shirt from high school. #themaninthemiddle
Watch me on Fox 19 Cincinnati Morning Xtra*! 📺 Nice to have an anchor with a tougher name than mine: Stefano DiPietrantonio. https://www.fox19.com/video/2019/06/20/rajiv-satyal-man-middle-comedy-tour/ *Link in bio. @fox19now @sghrevival #themaninthemiddle
Fun interview on “Good Morning Cincinnati." 📺 https://local12.com/news/good-morning-cincinnati/tri-state-native-rajiv-satyal-is-bringing-his-comedy-show-to-town-cincinnati Link in bio. #themaninthemiddle
Thanks, Pittsburgh, for being a great first stop on my 2019 comedy tour. So glad my parents could make the road trip, especially since they’re a big part of the narrative. More photos to come. 🎙📸🚗 Happy Father’s Day! #themaninthemiddle #happyfathersday