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 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 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.
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. ________________________________________ #rajivsatyal #youngindians #success #host #funny #influential #theglenlivet #exclusive @theglenlivetindia #video #inspirational
The Man in The Middle goes global! 😯 A feature in The Times of India?! 🗞 (Link in bio, with typos fixed.) Speaking of Times... Comedy’s about timing and this couldn’t have come at a better time: This past Wednesday, I performed on Capitol Hill (post coming soon). This Tuesday, I take off for Bombay to host my 3rd GQ India event. It’s almost like I’m in the middle of the hyphen in “Indian-American.” 🇮🇳 🇺🇸 #TheManInTheMiddle Link: https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/world/us/why-this-indian-american-comic-is-the-man-in-the-middle/articleshow/71868246.cms
Alright, D.C. Let’s do this. 🇺🇸 #themaninthemiddle
And it's up... all the info for the Capitol Hill gig this Wednesday... SeeRajiv.com! #TheManInTheMiddle 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Thanks, @OfficialDarrenCarter, for having me on your podcast to discuss my tour & a bunch of other stuff. 🎶 Great hanging with you at @FlappersComedy here in Burbank. 🎙 https://itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/darren-carter-pocket-party/id1373544111?mt=2 Link in bio. #TheManInTheMiddle 🇺🇸 🇺🇸 🇺🇸
We're in the 1st of Donald J. Trump's 4 terms. This has to be the most controversial podcast episode I've ever done. And it's one of the best convos I've ever had, recorded or otherwise. Thank you so much to Tom Rhodes for hosting me at his apartment. I've rarely met someone so well-traveled and -read. (That wall of books behind us is probably 20' x 7'.) I met Tom when I opened for him at my home club of Go Bananas Comedy Club, circa 2004. He was the first major comic to come to my parents' for dinner... he eventually would be followed by @jokoy and @kevinnealon (and maybe @russellpeters next month). Thank you, Tom, for your warmth and your willingness to "go there" with me on this journey. Enjoy... The Decline & Fall Of The American Empire with Rajiv Satyal > https://bit.ly/31BVtaV "In this episode we talk about how the failure of White Christianity will be the end of American democracy and how the American empire will reach its end when the Nazi dictator declares himself president for life. In this conversation, we discuss how in the Hindu religion all of the stories are the stories of good versus evil, and how if you have a good heart and are a good person, you will always persevere over evil. Because we are f'd beyond human imagination and it is our stated aim to be good people who persevere, it is my pleasure to present to you now the one and only Rajiv Satyal!" #TheManInTheMiddle 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸
Wow. Thank you, @asha.rangappa , for the Twitter shout-out! 🇺🇸
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