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.
Hump Day. LA. So glad to host @rakeshsatyal’s hubby in our nabe.
Got to hang with my college homie 3 times in 3 weeks in 3 states. Good thing we skipped New Mexico or it may have looked like we were helping to #BuildTheWall. #EastboundAndDown #BreakingBad #HatTrick
Thanks to Rukus for my own radio show. 📻 🎙 😎🙏🏾
YOU REGRET THE THINGS YOU DON'T DO MORE THAN THE THINGS YOU DO If I could give anybody a piece of advice, it’s always to put time with loved ones first. As much as I enjoy being productive, I am so glad I made time to fly to Phoenix this past weekend and hang out with my FIJI friends from Case Western Reserve University - and am grateful to have a supportive spouse (who, in fairness, did get a political-rant-free home for the weekend). The crew busted out all the old vocab from our ’90s days. 3 nights of going out? We’re about it. Passing out in the middle of the afternoon? I’m cashed, yo. VIP passes to Method Man and Redman were simultaneously Hype and Phat. Got all that? Word. In 2017, I mentioned to my Calc Study Group friends from Fairfield High that we should do a mini-reunion - and we tore it up in St. Louis. I love all of the friends I’ve made in my 30s and beyond, but as they say, Old Is Gold. People who know me well know I always talk about May - Nov 1994 as my Good Ol’ Days. That period after the AP tests in high school all the way through most of first semester. I fondly remember all my boys from University of Cincinnati but what’s amazing is just how close I feel to the friends with whom I spent only two years at CWRU (and in some cases, only one as I made friends with some freshmen as a sophomore). And dorm life, as much as we bagged on it at the time, was, well, hype. I’m still good friends with not only these Fiji dudes but also just as many folks who weren’t there this weekend. That’s incredible - to spend only a few months together over 20 years ago and still be this close. However Case worked out for me professionally (it didn’t), it personally couldn’t have been much better. Shout-Outs: - Vince & Schroetter, we missed you guys. - Big Ups to Mr. Yeatts for the tour of the Cincinnati Reds facility. - Much Love to Akhil Goel and his boy, Nirendra, for the VIP passes. - Oh, and Mad Props to all those poor people at Gilligan’s Bar who had to listen to me sing The Partridge Family and rap Eminem. Though that Neil Diamond duet with Tim Caggiano was pretty phat. Those peeps you knew back in school? Call ’em up and go somewhere this year.
Guys’ weekend in your 40s.
Happy Holi! 🕳 🕳 🕳 🎉 🙏🏾
Today is one of those days where I found a bunch of old pens and am just testing to see if they work. Anyway, carry on. 🖊
Where do we draw the line between consuming our favorite artists and respecting the victims? I have a solution. Link in bio. Read at https://link.medium.com/Gs8DDKJv5U #leavingneverland #michaeljackson