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 won the 2010 Asian American Theater Company Comedy Competition, has performed at clubs, colleges and corporations in India, Canada and 12 states in U.S. & has been featured on Asian Jewish Life, Indian Express, NBC, CBS and NPR.
(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.)
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.
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!
A show about immigration, America, and dumb things people say related to the first two
FUNATICAL: Taking Comedy To The Extreme
'FUNATICAL' is a hip, cool interfaith & intercultural comedy tour that breaks stereotypes and bridges cultural gaps between Muslims, Jews and Christians. Comedians poke fun of stereotypes, culture and current events, which they lampoon with humor and satire.
Sultans of Satire
The Sultans of Satire, the longest-running Middle Eastern stand-up show in the U.S., is a project of the Levantine Cultural Center, bridging cultures and building peace since 2001.
Pundits with Punchlines
A South Asian Comedy Experience!
Make Chai Not War
MAKE CHAI NOT WAR is a standup comedy showcase starring some of the brightest rising stars in America today bringing audiences of diverse religious and ethnic backgrounds together through laughter.
Comedy Off Broadway Oakland
Over 450 shows spanning 3.2 years (May 2009 - June 2012). Every Thursday, Friday and Saturday, Samson Koletkar brought together funny, smart, and hardworking comedians featured on Comedy Central, HBO, BET, late night talk shows along side local heroes and up-and-coming stars. Voted "Top 10 Theatrics for 2012" by East Bay Express.
The Last LaughThe Last Laugh was Samson Koletkar's second weekly production in Oakland. Late night shows every Friday & Saturday continued on the success of the popular Comedy Off Broadway Oakland shows.
50 Mason | 750 Pub | Agami Education | Aligarh Muslim University Alumni Association | American Association of Physicians of Indian Origin | American Cancer Association | American Cancer Foundation | American Independence Day | Angelica's Bistro | Asha For Education | Asia Society Northern California's Panel Discussion: The Next Generation "Asian American Comedians" | Asian American Theater Company | Asian Employees Association | Asian Health Services | Asylum Access | Bechol Lashon | Brandeis University | Bunjo's Comedy Lounge | California College of the Arts: Stereotyping | Carolines On Broadway | Castagnola's | Chai House Retirement Community | Cobb's Comedy Club | Comedy Store (Hollywood) | Credo High School | Diwali | Dragon Theater | Ekal Vidyalaya | Elk Lodge | Engineers Without Borders | Fathers Day | Foothill College | Foundation For Excellence | Fox Theater | Funatical Comedy Tour - Taking Comedy To The Extreme | Global Indian Technology Professionals Association | Global Woman Intact | Great Canadian Laugh-Off | Gunn High School | HCL Technologies | Ha Ha Heathens | Haiti Earthquake Relief | Hewlett Packard | Holi | Home Of Hope | Human Development Foundation | I Didn't Know You Were Jewish | ImmigrationVoice | Improv (San Jose, Hollywood) | India Community Center | Indian Institute of Management | Indian Institute of Technology | Indo American Golf Association | Inside Jewish India | Intel | Intelliswift | Israel Independence Day | Jewish Community Center | Jewish Heritage Month | Jewish High Tech Community | Kearny Street Festival | Kehilla Community Synagogue | Laugh Factory (Hollywood) | Luna's Cafe | MAIYTRA Convention | Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour | Make Chai Not War | Midrasha (Bay Area, Berkeley, Contra Costa) | Mothers Day | Mountain Mike's Pizza | Much A Do About Politics | Muslim Community Association | MuslimFest | Nargis Dutt Cancer Foundation | New Years Eve | Northeastern Illinois University | Northern California Beer Festival | Oakland Rotary Club: What is Humor | Occupy Oakland | Our Little Theater | Pepper Bellys Comedy Club and Theater | Petals In The Dust - India's Missing Girls | Planet Gemini | PlanetReads | Political Fundraisers (SF Mayor Candidate, Fremont Mayor Candidate) | Presidential Debates + Comedy | Previously Secret Information | Punch Line Comedy Club (San Francisco, Sacramento) | Pundits with Punchlines | Purim | Purple Onion | Rooster T Feathers | SF International Comedy Festival | SF Playhouse | SF SketchFest | SFCC Clubhouse | SUNY Geneseo | San Francisco Comedy Day | San Francisco Theater Festival | San Ramon Cricket Association | Schmooze-A-Palooza | Selectica | Shankara Eye Foundation | Singapore Airlines | Slumdog Comedy Tour | Somaiya Institute of Management Studies & Research | Stanford University | Syracuse University | The Actors Theater | The Comedy Spot | The Dark Room | The Marsh (San Francisco, Berkeley) | The Romane Event | Throckmorton Theater | TiECON | To Life! Jewish Cultural Street Festival | Tommy Ts Comedy and Steakhouse (Pleasanton, San Francisco) | UC Santa Cruz | University of San Francisco | Valentines Day | Wheelchair Foundation | Wiseguys | Wits End | Youth Science Institute | Yuk Yuk's | Zensar Technologies