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 multiple times for Tim Allen, Sebastian Maniscalco, Jo Koy, Kevin Nealon, and Dave Chappelle, and even opened Chappelle’s very first show after his much-publicized African hiatus. 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 is the only person ever to perform standup comedy on all seven continents; in December 2019, he became the first person ever to do standup on Antarctica. 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 has written and performed three 100-min one-person shows, each one with a different theme. In 2019, the subject is politics, culminating in a performance at the U.S. House of Representatives. In 2017, Taking a Stand, all about music, led him to become the first standup comic ever to perform at Spotify.
And back in 2013, Rajiv wrote No Man’s Land, a 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.
The GQ India Minute with the @funnyindian Because, we could all do with a laugh. ____________________________________ #happyminute #funny #comedy #lol #jokes #rajivsatyal #coronavirus #repost
Presenting The GQ India Minute with the @funnyindian Because, we could all do with a laugh. Thanks, @gqindia, for the series. ____________________________________ #happyminute #funny #comedy #lol #jokes #rajivsatyal #coronavirus #repost
And these pajamas are starting to look like scrubs. #coronavirus #corona #coronamemes #coronarender #indian #indiancomedy
Just put this former marketing exec in charge of the #coronavirus communications department and get it over with. Honestly, this is reminscent of that scary (but effective) "Don't Text and Drive" campaign.
What if this all just turned out to be a marketing stunt for A Quiet Place Part II? #aquietplace2 #aquietplace
I mean, I guess better late than never, but leave it to my people... (Still ahead of the USA, though...) 🙄 #coronavirus #corona
Honored and thrilled to share that we raised nearly $80K in Chicagoland for Ignite Asha on March 7. Not a bad way for me to spend my birthday... my last gig for months. If you want to contribute, check out IgniteAsha.org/donate. 🙏🏾
BACK TO SCHOOL We finished our epic post, complete with multimedia. “Multimedia.” A word that, for some reason, vanished in the late '90s. We grappled with whether to share this. But then we realized most of the content we're consuming is about the #coronavirus... and we need that non-corona piece every now and then just to stay sane. It is our hope you truly enjoy it. It certainly took a lot of time to assemble. It was like a class project. And we're pretty sure you'll enjoy the celebrity appearances. Do take care of yourselves and loved ones during this trying time. --- BACK TO SCHOOL Actress Melanie Chandra and Comedian Rajiv Satyal take us back to a day in the life of two high school seniors in 1999... Even though we’ve been friends for 13 years (the amount of time it takes to go K-12), it’s still a thrill to get a call from Melanie Chandra. One day last year, she rang me up and suggested, “We should do something together,” and without any kind of idea or plan, the two of us hatched the concept of a live show in which we’d spend some time back in our high school days... Read the entire post on Medium: Link in bio. https://medium.com/@funnyindian/back-to-school-42fb2f6f010d #MelRajB2S #standupcomedy #sketchcomedy #indiancomedy