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Wow... what a party this past weekend... thank you to #TheSalon for bringing a plethora of us crazy brown creatives together in this even crazier town of Hollywood. 
Thanks to @melaniechandra for telling me about it, to @janina for hosting, and to @rakeshsatyal for connecting me to Nik Dodani, one of the organizers and a super talented badass. 
I returned the favor by doing my best impression of Rakesh.  It

Wow... what a party this past weekend... thank you to #TheSalon for bringing a plethora of us crazy brown creatives together in this even crazier town of Hollywood. Thanks to @melaniechandra for telling me about it, to @janina for hosting, and to @rakeshsatyal for connecting me to Nik Dodani, one of the organizers and a super talented badass. I returned the favor by doing my best impression of Rakesh. It's pretty spot-on... I mean, I've had almost 40 years to get it right. Happy Holidays! #indiansinhollywood

YES, THAT ELF YOU SEE ON TV IS ME! [ @medium link in bio: https://link.medium.com/vHe0GwUbd2.] It was a sticky hot Los Angeles summer afternoon.  After booking two of my first eight auditions since the move from Cincinnati, it had been years since I’d booked anything.  This Toyota USA commercial was a big opportunity:  in the business, we call it a Network National.  It runs in all markets across the country on broadcast and cable channels.  Depending on how many times it airs, you can buy a Yaris... or a Lexus. 
I suppose I even got the chance to audition because I haven’t uploaded a head shot to my acting profile in 10 years. 
The description called for us to wear… “Green or red.  You pick if you want to dress as the badass gearhead or cheerful elf.” If you know anything about the way I look, I don’t think “badass gearhead” springs to mind. 
So, I threw on a bunch of my cheerful green and cheerful red clothing and my cheerful jester hat and cheerfully drove to Hollywood (in my Acura) with bells on.  Literally.  The jester hat jingles.  Cheer ended when I ran up against that Hollywood monster:  parking.  Out of time and out of frustration, I jammed my SUV into a tiny space at Yum Yum Donuts and began the long walk to the audition.  Sometimes, there are moments that seem to capture where you are in life.  Like Prince Andrew, I hardly sweat, but the perspiration underneath these crazy layers of clothing had started.  Just as I got to Melrose, this huge double-decker Hollywood Stars tourbus pulled up.  I could see all of the tourists peering at me, thinking, “What in the world is this dude wearing in the middle of September?” And I heard myself thinking, “What in the world am I wearing in the middle of September?” It takes a lot for me to feel an ounce of shame, but this was humiliating.  What was I DOING? "What you think I rap for — to push a f*ckin

YES, THAT ELF YOU SEE ON TV IS ME! [ @medium link in bio: https://link.medium.com/vHe0GwUbd2.] It was a sticky hot Los Angeles summer afternoon. After booking two of my first eight auditions since the move from Cincinnati, it had been years since I’d booked anything. This Toyota USA commercial was a big opportunity: in the business, we call it a Network National. It runs in all markets across the country on broadcast and cable channels. Depending on how many times it airs, you can buy a Yaris... or a Lexus. I suppose I even got the chance to audition because I haven’t uploaded a head shot to my acting profile in 10 years. The description called for us to wear… “Green or red. You pick if you want to dress as the badass gearhead or cheerful elf.” If you know anything about the way I look, I don’t think “badass gearhead” springs to mind. So, I threw on a bunch of my cheerful green and cheerful red clothing and my cheerful jester hat and cheerfully drove to Hollywood (in my Acura) with bells on. Literally. The jester hat jingles. Cheer ended when I ran up against that Hollywood monster: parking. Out of time and out of frustration, I jammed my SUV into a tiny space at Yum Yum Donuts and began the long walk to the audition. Sometimes, there are moments that seem to capture where you are in life. Like Prince Andrew, I hardly sweat, but the perspiration underneath these crazy layers of clothing had started. Just as I got to Melrose, this huge double-decker Hollywood Stars tourbus pulled up. I could see all of the tourists peering at me, thinking, “What in the world is this dude wearing in the middle of September?” And I heard myself thinking, “What in the world am I wearing in the middle of September?” It takes a lot for me to feel an ounce of shame, but this was humiliating. What was I DOING? "What you think I rap for — to push a f*ckin' Rav-4?" - Kanye West I mean, I'd just headlined The Cutting Room in Manhattan with my solo show, "The Man in The Middle," and was gearing up to take it to New Jersey. I'm doing my part to save the empire by changing the hearts and minds of my fellow Americans, and the next thing I know... #acting

Thanks, Li Lin, for having me on your super fun podcast! @funnymillionaireli 
From a @funnyindian to a @funnymillionaireli ... http://funnymillionaires.com/how-to-be-a-funny-indian-with-rajiv-satyal

Thanks, Li Lin, for having me on your super fun podcast! @funnymillionaireli From a @funnyindian to a @funnymillionaireli ... http://funnymillionaires.com/how-to-be-a-funny-indian-with-rajiv-satyal

Another New York Autumn Trip in the books... With this many Indians, we should call it The Big Mango. 🥭

#newyork 
#newyorkcity 
@thecultureadventure

Another New York Autumn Trip in the books... With this many Indians, we should call it The Big Mango. 🥭 #newyork #newyorkcity @thecultureadventure

Whew! My only regret from hosting the @gqindia 50 Most Influential Young Indians Awards 2019 in Association with the Glenlivet Books on 10th November was not posing for a photo onstage with @karanjohar, even after he crossed the stage to shake hands. Luckily, the photographer was ON IT. So happy the GQ team sent this to me today... even if it looks like we’re shaking hands with a ghost. भूत

#gqpowerlist

Whew! My only regret from hosting the @gqindia 50 Most Influential Young Indians Awards 2019 in Association with the Glenlivet Books on 10th November was not posing for a photo onstage with @karanjohar, even after he crossed the stage to shake hands. Luckily, the photographer was ON IT. So happy the GQ team sent this to me today... even if it looks like we’re shaking hands with a ghost. भूत #gqpowerlist

Reconnecting with Anupam Kher here tonight at @theakshayapatrafoundation Gala in New Jersey. 
I introduced him by remembering we have 4 things in common:

1. Strong Punjabi connection. 
2. Both actors. (He’s slightly more successful.)
3. Same barber. 
4. Born 7th of March. 🎤 💧 
Snapping that shameless onstage selfie. 
Support our great cause at FoodForEducationOrg. 🇮🇳 🇺🇸

Reconnecting with Anupam Kher here tonight at @theakshayapatrafoundation Gala in New Jersey. I introduced him by remembering we have 4 things in common: 1. Strong Punjabi connection. 2. Both actors. (He’s slightly more successful.) 3. Same barber. 4. Born 7th of March. 🎤 💧 Snapping that shameless onstage selfie. Support our great cause at FoodForEducationOrg. 🇮🇳 🇺🇸

What a wonderful podcast convo with @candishickman! 
#BecomingKnown #BecomingKnownPodcast

What a wonderful podcast convo with @candishickman! #BecomingKnown #BecomingKnownPodcast

Heading down to host, for the second year in a row, the GQ India Most Influential Young Indians Awards in Association with Glenlivet Books 2019. Well, I’m hosting the 2019 awards for the first time. Last year was the 2018 awards. But you feel me. Let’s do this. 👔 🇮🇳

Heading down to host, for the second year in a row, the GQ India Most Influential Young Indians Awards in Association with Glenlivet Books 2019. Well, I’m hosting the 2019 awards for the first time. Last year was the 2018 awards. But you feel me. Let’s do this. 👔 🇮🇳

So pumped to return to host the GQ India Most Influential Young Indians Awards 2019! 🎙 @chekurriengq @akshayliveshere 
#GQPowerList: Rajiv Satyal (@funnyindian) will be hosting the 2019 GQ 50 Most Influential Young Indians event. For #WhatWhenWhere, watch the video. 
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#rajivsatyal #youngindians #success #host #funny #influential #theglenlivet #exclusive @theglenlivetindia #video #inspirational

So pumped to return to host the GQ India Most Influential Young Indians Awards 2019! 🎙 @chekurriengq @akshayliveshere #GQPowerList: Rajiv Satyal (@funnyindian) will be hosting the 2019 GQ 50 Most Influential Young Indians event. For #WhatWhenWhere, watch the video. ________________________________________ #rajivsatyal #youngindians #success #host #funny #influential #theglenlivet #exclusive @theglenlivetindia #video #inspirational

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