February 15th, 2013 marked the launch of a brand new ‘stand-up’ comedy show that features some of the best names in South Asian comedy: Dan Nainan, Anish Shah, Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, Mark Saldana, and Paul Singh. These comedy kings, together with host Kunal Nayyar, form the titular “Maharajas of Comedy“. Hundreds of Indians, and yes non-Indians too, all flocked to Mason Hall in New York City for the launch. There were 3 total performances on February 15th and 16th, and all were a huge success! The show was filmed in front of a live audience! If you’re sad you missed it, it’s okay, because the show will be airing soon on a major television network this spring.
The highlight of the event was the fact that it was hosted by Kunal Nayyar, best known for his role as Rajesh Koothrappali on the number one network television sitcom for three years, The Big Bang Theory and Gupta in movie series, “Ice Age”. Performing Comedians include Dan Nainan who has recently performed for President Obama and is known to deliver 100% clean material, Anish Shah headliner for the sold-out “No Laughing Matter” comedy tour in 2012, Kabir “Kabeezy” Singh, who has shared the stage with some of the biggest comedians including Dave Chappelle, Dane Cook, Bill Burr, and Russell Peters, Mark Saldana, named “The best Indian…if not Asian comic in the country.” by The Los Angeles Times, and Paul Singh, one of the only comedians who can perform in English, Hindi, Punjabi and Urdu. Lastly, live via tape from India, Papa CJ delivered a special message. A surprise dance act was also performed by New York based AATMA Performing Arts.
A worldwide tour will begin throughout North America and overseas showcasing an Indian perspective in America from many hilarious viewpoints. This will be an excellent chance for the comedians to showcase their talent in front of a large live audience and provide exposure to a very wide international theatrical and home audience. Papa CJ will be joining the tour at its next date.
For more information on Maharajas of Comedy visit: www.maharajas-of-comedy.com.
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