Samson Koletkar (aka Mahatma Moses) 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 Degree 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.
Samson brings a refreshingly new approach to cerebral, witty, thought-provoking, clean humor with a first-generation immigrant 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 all over USA, Canada & India, and has been featured on NBC, CBS, NPR, KRON, SF Chronicle, The Times of India, Indian Express, Ha'aretz, Alice 97.3 FM, KGP 810 AM, Bolly 92.3 FM, RadioZindagi 1550 AM, Desi 1170 AM, and more.
"10 Best Indian-Origin Comedians of the Last Decade" - BookMyShow
"10 Indian Comedians Who Found Success in the U.S." - Silicon India
He is the founder of Comedy Oakland, voted "Best Place for Comedy" in 2016 East Bay Express Reader's Poll. Comedy Oakland also ranks at the top of the Best Comedy Clubs in San Francisco Bay Area on Yelp & Google. Comedy Oakland was started in May 2009 and currently runs 5 shows every week - 1 on Thursdays, 2 on Fridays, and 2 on Saturdays. Comedy Oakland is Samson's workshop, where he can be seen honing his act along side other pro-comedians every week.
"India-born stand-up builds comedy utopia in Oakland" - SF Chronicle
With 263 shows featuring over 500 different comedians entertaining 13,000 audiences for 400 hours in 2017, Comedy Oakland is a live stand-up comedy experience you don't want to miss!
Check out the Comedy Oakland website for more details.
He is the co-founder & the brains behind Desi Comedy Fest - the largest South Asian Comedy Festival in America.
Desi Comedy Fest is held every August in multiple cities across the San Francisco Bay Area. Founded in August 2014, the annual event has showcased 100+ comedians from diverse background, ethnicity, religion, gender, and sexual orientation, and has entertained 7000+ audiences.
The Fest also completed a 4-city 20-show tour of India in 2016, 2 corporate events in Los Angeles & San Diego in 2017, and a satellite edition in Portland & Seattle in December 2017.
Check out the Desi Comedy Fest website for more details.
"You're Funny But You Don't Look Jewish" tour is like Indian spices topping a matzot pizza served with Vietnamese iced coffee in an African American Bakery. Italian American, African American, Vietnamese American and Indian American Jewish stand-up comedians Mike Capozzola, Gina Gold, Joe Nguyen and Samson Koletkar share the stage and their own experiences about being ‘undercover’ members of the tribe!
The tour has performed 35+ shows and has sold out performances in the USA & Canada.
Check out the You're Funny But You Don't Look Jewish website for more details.