Show Name: The South Asian Comedy Showcase
Producer(s): Suneet Luthra and Ben Mathai (Brown People)
Day & Time: Friday, June 22, 2012 – 7:30pm to 10pm
Venue & Address: Isabel Bader Theatre – 93 Charles Street W, Toronto
Cover/Suggested Donation: $25 per ticket / $80 per 4 tickets
Any drink or purchase minimum? Nope, however Cash Bar is available.
Bar? Food? Is this a weed room? We wanted to serve butter chicken but they wouldn’t allow us. Cash Bar only.
Nearest TTC stop or station? Museum Station
Parking? Some paid parking and street parking available near the theatre.
What kind of show is this (sketch, standup, improv, variety, storytelling, etc): Stand-Up Comedy
Describe your show in 2-3 sentences:
A stand-up comedy showcasing North America’s HOTTEST South Asian stand-up comedians including your headliner Ben Mathai (Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and The St. John Comedy Festival), hosted by Ali Hassan (“Breakaway”, “French Immersion” and “Goon”), and performances by Paul Varghese (NBC’s Last Comic Standing, Just for Laughs, and Showtime’s Russell Peter’s Presents), Suneet Luthra (Canada’s fastest rising South Asian comedian), and Aastha Lal (New York City’s Comic Strip Live).
What are the origins of this show?
From Russell Peters to that gas station attendant that always has that goofy look on his face—brown people have always been funny. It’s in our genes. The remarkable ability to solve your IT problems whilst being overseas (often with a mild to heavy accent), is also in our genes. This show is a chance to capture and showcase some great comedic talents.
Join us in celebrating a night of comedy at The South Asian Comedy Showcase on June 22! Tickets can be purchased here: www.thesouthasiancomedyshowcase.com
What is the vibe of your room? Describe your current or ideal audience.
Both South Asians and Non-South Asians who want to add a bit of tickle to their tandoori. And by tandoori, we mean Friday night.
Show Website: www.thesouthasiancomedyshowcase.com
Press Link(s) – (if you’ve had any press coverage of your show):
Anything else you want to plug or mention?
The show also features a rising South Asian female comedian, Aastha Lal (www.AasthaLal.com). Females in this industry are few and far between and ETHNIC female comedians are rarer than a monkey at Marine Land.
Here’s an excerpt from Aastha on being South Asian:
To be honest, I didn’t always identify with being South Asian. Growing up in Queens, New York, oftentimes people would come up to me and randomly start speaking Spanish. So naturally I thought I was Mexican. It was only when I started growing hair on my arms (faster than any of the boys in kindergarten), is when it occurred to me: Hmm. Wait a minute…My clothes smell more like curry than chimichangas….Maybe I’m not Mexican at all! Thus, I put away my PlaySkool gardening tools and went off to conquer the world of comedy, hairy arms and all.
You can find Aastha Lal on the far right of the picture.
Please note: She is also the only comedian with a fully functioning vagina.