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.
#goldenglobes #goldenglobes2019 *I slogged through Season One of GoT. Other than LOTR, I’m just not a Fantasy guy.
Happy New Year!🎆🎈🎊 #2019
The December Funny Indian Newsletter is out. Enjoy! https://tinyurl.com/ydyexak7 📝
Happy New Year from the Satyals! If we had a 2018 Highlight Reel, this snap from our Mom's 70th Birthday Party would no doubt be on it. We missed you, Mistrys! #2018bestnine #2018
Whoa! Made it into the print version of GQ India. Men of The Year. Most Influential Young Indians.
Last-min gift idea! Stuff those stockings with tix for my 5/11 show at Fitton Arts Center in Hamilton. 🌲 🎁 🎅 🎤 https://guide.artswave.org/event/fitton-showstoppers-stand-up-comedian-rajiv-satyal-friends-%E2%80%8B/ #christmas #merrychristmas #christmasgift #giftideas #standup
Home for the Holidays and need something to watch with the whole family? (Or... need to escape to your room and watch something?) Just in time, we've launched a website that contains every Season One episode of “What Do You Bring to The Table?” WatchRajiv.com Soon, we will release the audio on Spotify. There is also a link to a YouTube playlist in case you want to pull it up on your TV. Enjoy! #whatdoyoubringtothetable #talkshow #funnyindian
Host/Comedian Rajiv Satyal recaps South Asians' achievements in 2018. Here’s part of it. Watch the whole 3-min video. Link in bio. http://youtu.be/qmoCZcYadLs?a #india #indian #indians #2018 #2018recap #yearend #yearendrecap #funnyindian #indianfunny #indiancomedy #priyankachopra #priyankaandnick #prick
Thrilled that Jonathan Haidt @-replied me on @twitter. 😄 He actually read my piece about performing at two liberal colleges (link in bio). 📖 I highly recommend his book, “The Coddling of The American Mind: How Good Intentions and Bad Ideas Are Setting Up a Generation for Failure.” 📚 #thecoddlingoftheamericanmind #jonathanhaidt #jonathanhaıdt #politicalcorrectness #pcculture https://link.medium.com/t87cVozjMS