Samson Koletkar was born in Mumbai and raised Jewish. Growing up in the world's most crowded city, he spent most of his childhood years burning the midnight candles for earning a Masters in Computer Software, thereby fulfilling his parent's dreams. He then moved half-way across the world, to the technology headquarters and a hotbed for emerging comics - San Francisco.

As a first generation immigrant in America, Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a global perspective. Driven by personal trials and tribulations, his subtle satire addresses religious and political hypocrisies, social issues, and day-to-day absurdities of human nature.

He has performed at clubs, colleges and corporations in India, Canada and 13 states in U.S. & has been featured on Asian Jewish Life, Indian Express, NBC Bay Area, CBS and NPR.


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(Short version: Samson Koletkar is world's only Indian Jewish standup comedian. He has performed his cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor in India, Canada & U.S. and has been featured on NBC, CBS & NPR.)

    Some of his career highlights are:
  • 2006 Semi-Finalist at the Rooster T Feathers Amateur Comedy Competition
  • 2007 Finalist at the Rooster T Feathers Amateur Comedy Competition
  • 2008 Winner of Halloween Comedy Contest in Pleasanton, CA
  • 2009 Finalist at Walk The Plank Comedy Competition
  • 2010 Great Canadian Laugh Off
  • 2010 Winner of Asian American Theater Company Comedy Competition
  • Creator of Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour, 17 shows, 10 cities coast-to-coast
  • Co-Producer of The Minorities Standup & ImmigraNation
  • Producer / Resident Host of Comedy Oakland since 2009
  • Featured member of Funatical Comedy Tour, Sultans of Satire, Pundits with Punchlines, Make Chai Not War

Comedy Oakland

Comedy Oakland presents comedians featured on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, the late night talk shows and more, plus local heroes and up-and-coming stars, in downtown Oakland. We offer food, full wine and bar service, and no drink minimums.

When: Thursdays & Fridays
Showtime: 8pm
Venue: The Washington Inn, 495 10th St, Oakland
Tickets: $10

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You Are Funny But You Don't Look Jewish

Touring stand up comedy show that showcases some very funny African American, Indian, Italian American and Vietnamese Jewish comedians

When: Saturday October 18
Showtime: 7.30pm
Venue: Congregation Emanu-El of San Francisco, 2 Lake St, San Francisco, CA 94118
Tickets: $20-$30

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More shows coming to Aptos, Walnut Creek & Vancouver.

Desi Comedy Fest

A comedy festival featuring some of the funniest and most talented South Asian comedians. This festival is the first of kind in America and will be held in venues all across the Bay Area.

The 2014 fest was held in August with 4 sold out shows in 4 cities. Watch out for a bigger fest in August 2015!

The Minorities Stand Up

Samson Koletkar and Edwin Li take shots at the absurdities they experience in America, and voice opinions of minorities through humor while not shying away from highlighting the absurdities of their own cultures.

The show traveled from Oakland to Redwood City to it's home in SF for 8 monthly runs before culminating on the Punch Line Comedy Club stage where the show received two 5-star reviews!

Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour

An Indian, A Jew and An Indian Jew walk onto a stage...Sounds like a set-up for a joke, doesn't it? Well, it's no joke, but together, "the Indian, the Jew, and the Indian Jew" promise an evening of laughter and international introspection.

Three thoughtful individuals with overlapping identities but unique perspectives share their absurdities, anomalies and adventures that are guaranteed to make you laugh. Put on your thinking caps and enjoy the clean, smart, highbrow comedy of the Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour!

17 shows, 10 cities coast-to-coast!