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LA Picker Creators

The three ladies behind the web series, LA Picker, sat down with me to tell me about their inspirations for creating and launching this exciting new project.  One of them, Devin Sidell, graduated Princeton University with my brother – and she tends to surround herself with sharp cookies – besides just me.  Enjoy.

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Sanjay Manaktala Part I/I

After originally meeting in Bangalore, India, during our Make Chai Not War tour of 2012, Sanjay Manaktala joined me as a guest on my podcast. We didn’t even dive into the questions (not sure if he even knew there were questions, now that I think about it) as we spent an hour discussing the burgeoning standup comedy scene in India. We discuss the differences and similarities in Indian and American (and Indian-American) audiences, the latest name of the Comedy St-… Laugh Fac-… that one club in Bombay, India, at which we’ve both performed, and much more. Enjoy.

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Danny Jolles Part I/I

Danny Jolles is a loser. Hey, his word – not mine. He owns it and, ironically, is therefore no longer a loser. The standup/sketch comedian recently relocated from NY to LA a mere 2.5 months ago and is meeting with some early success, performing often at the various clubs around town – that, too, after primarily focusing on the alt rooms on the east coast. We discuss how Jesus is looking down on him, why his favorite comedy is one of which I’ve never heard, seeing ghosts in real life and in movies, which book he’s read twice (hint: the author’s sister worked with me at Procter & Gamble), his annual Groundhog Day moment, and his earliest memory (which is the earliest of any guest thus far). And I get to drop some good (bad) puns. He may be a loser (though I don’t think he is), but this episode is a winner. Enjoy.

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Bronston Jones

“Dane Cook is the Beatles.” “I am Jim Carrey.” So says Bronston Jones. OK, so I’m kidding. He didn’t really say those things… well, one of ‘em. You’ll just have to tune in to get the context. I interviewed comedian and former commercial/music video director & producer Bronston Jones after reconnecting with him at the Venice Underground last week. He and Matt Devlin (not to be confused with Max Devlin of 1980s Bill Cosby film fame) have been running one of the hottest comedy rooms in Los Angeles for over 1.5 years in the longest-running continuously-serving bar in LA. We discuss why Appetite for Destruction may be the greatest rock album ever, the importance of actually saying something onstage, assembling the kind of show you actually want to watch, why the Kardashians may – or may not – be ruining America, how Venice is where art meets crime, his take on Truth, why it’s inspiring to watch your idols struggle, and what it’s like to change the course of your career, just like Jim Carrey (AND BRONSTON JONES) did. Enjoy.

Rajiv Satyal is a Los Angeles-based comedian, host, and speaker. You’re welcome to hit the orange button below to hire Rajiv, interview Rajiv, seek Rajiv’s comedic advice, give Rajiv a piece of your mind or to sign up for Rajiv’s monthly newsletter. His newsletter will let you know ahead of the general public when he’s in your area for a show. He also includes the five funniest things he sees each month. So it’s good for a laugh. Or five.

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