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.
I’ve never seen this happen before. During our pledge drive for Akshaya Patra tonight here in Tampa, a security guard named Geraldo yelled out that he’d donate to our cause. It’s amazing whenever a crew-member gets involved. I once gave a speech for NetIP and I said, “I want money not to get to do the things I wanna do but to get out of the things I don’t wanna do.” This African-American cameraman went, “Damn, son... oh, snap. My bad.” Everybody died laughing. Droppin’ that knowledge, fam! [Even during a charity post, I can’t not make it about me.] ANYway... I had to grab a photo with Geraldo (and the nightstick). His piece and the USA flag on his sleeve sadly didn’t make the shot. But what a patriot and what a kindhearted human being. 🇺🇸 🇮🇳 🇨🇺 #brownlivesmatter
In 2013, my one-person show about dating, No Man’s Land, led me to marriage. That one’s tough to top. In 2017, my one-person show about music, Taking a Stand, led me to become the first standup comic ever to perform at Spotify*. And now… in 2019, my one-person show about politics, The Man in The Middle, takes me to… Capitol Hill. I’ve proud to announce: On Wednesday, October 30, from 6 - 8 PM, I’ll be performing The Man in The Middle at the House of Representatives in Washington, DC. In a way, it’s taken me 20 years to move a block. I interned for Rep. Steve Chabot (R-OH) back in 1999. In fact, I grew up in John Boehner’s district in Fairfield, OH, and now I live in Adam Schiff’s in Burbank, CA. (Talk about being in the middle.) I’ll post more details but mark your calendars if you’ll be in the area. Free admission. After all, who’d profit off of a government job? Wanna still catch me on the West Coast? Tomorrow night. Friday, October 4. 8 PM. Los Angeles. Details at SeeRajiv.com. #TheManInTheMiddle #MrSatyalGoesToWashington *Wasn’t that a two-person show? After all, I couldn’t perform all of those songs without @Taylor. #indian #comedy #funnyindian #indiancomedy #indiancomics #indiancomedian #indianamerican #standupcomedy #comedian #standup #dynastytypewriter #eventsindc #comedyshow #politics #politicalcomedy #impeachment #president
Big announcement tomorrow! 🇺🇸 #themaninthemiddle
LA this Friday! 8PM. This is the big one. Ticket link in bio. 🎫 All info: SeeRajiv.com. 🎤 #indian #comedy #funnyindian #indiancomedy #indiancomics #indiancomedian #indianamerican #standupcomedy #comedian #standup #standupshow #dynastytypewriter #eventsinla #comedyshow
Yet another city with this crazy Indian comic. Early in the night, post-commercial shoot, pre-hang at @hollywoodimprov , @laughfactoryhw , & @thecomedystore . 🇺🇸 🇮🇳 #indian #indiancomedy #indiancomedian #desicomics #india #usa
Thank you, New York City, for an amazing reception of The Man in The Middle. What a blast! 🎙 #themaninthemiddle
Whoa! Now, we're talkin'... my show tonight made it into The New York Times. Ticket link in bio. It's "The Man in The Middle" but it's OK... we can call it "New York Times." Either way, this is a definite article. Enjoy! #TheManInTheMiddle #FakeNews #indian #comedy #funnyindian #indiancomedy #indiancomics #indiancomedian #indianamerican #standupcomedy #comedian #standup #standupshow #thecuttingroom #cuttingroom #cuttingroomnyc #eventsinnyc #comedyshow 🇺🇸
Now hear this... Tomorrow night! New York City. Ticket link in bio. #indian #comedy #funnyindian #indiancomedy #indiancomics #indiancomedian #indianamerican #standupcomedy #comedian #standup #standupshow #thecuttingroom #cuttingroom #cuttingroomnyc #eventsinnyc #comedyshow