Genre:Stand-Up / Mainstream / Asian
TV ShowsInterview, FOX 19 local morning news show (September 2005)
Films"Ride the Wind." Music video created by John Robinson. Distributed to the entire class of Fairfield Middle School, circa 1989. How this didn't end up launching a full-time full-length motion picture career I'm still not sure.
AlbumsAn inadvertent mention on Tom Simmons' CD
BioYour Highbrow, Fun-Size Comedian: Rajiv Satyal is the small, bespectacled Indian guy from Ohio whose witty and TV-clean act covers everything from racial issues to soap bottles to his favorite topic - himself. Despite not breaking 100 pounds till his junior year in high school and sprouting a moustache in elementary school, he somehow glided through childhood without being picked-on. A friend would later comment, "Sounds like God picked on you enough." And with that, he went into comedy. In June 2005, he won The Funniest Person in Cincinnati contest in the semipro/professional division. While working at Procter & Gamble, he performed stand-up at many P&G and other corporate events and had his own column in P&G's Home Made Simple newsletter, which reached 8 million US households. Occasionally, Rajiv was seen doing actual P&G work. He has since opened for many nationally-renowned comics, including Dave Chappelle, Kevin James, and Kevin Nealon. Rajiv has opened for Russell Peters in sold-out auditoriums across the U.S.A. In fact, in December 2006, when asked by an Indian newspaper about "comics to watch," Rajiv was only 1 of 2 in the States whom Russell named. Rajiv was often heard on various Cincinnati radio stations and thruout the Midwest as a Feature Act in clubs and colleges. Rajiv turned 30 in March 2006, at which point he freaked out, gave up the day job, and is now a full-time comic based in LA. You can also find Rajiv online at http://www.funnyindian.com and www.iTunes.com.
InfluencesChevy Chase. Jerry Seinfeld. Chris Rock. Dave Chappelle. Larry David. Woody Allen. Kevin Nealon. Ellen DeGeneres. Mo Rocca. Mel Brooks. Russell Peters. Todd Barry. Tom Simmons. Ricky Gervais. My Uncle. Friend in 3rd Grade Who Said I'd Never Make Him Laugh.
- Jan 18, 2007 10:55 AM Check out my blog at www.funnyindian.com!
About me:I NO LONGER RESPOND TO MYSPACE COMMENTS OR MESSAGES. PLEASE FIND ME ON FUNNYINDIAN.COM OR FACEBOOK. I'D SAY "SORRY FOR ANY INCONVENIENCE" BUT BLAME TOM FOR MANAGING THE CRAPPIEST SITE ON THE WEB. THANKS! ..
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Who I'd like to meet:Anyone who can name 5 songs by Taylor Dayne without Google.
- Status: Single
- Here for: Networking, Friends
- Hometown: Cincinnati, OH
- Orientation: Straight
- Body type: 5' 7" / Slim / Slender
- Ethnicity: East Indian
- Religion: Hindu
- Zodiac Sign: Pisces
- Children: Someday
- Smoke / Drink: No / Yes
- Education: College graduate
- Occupation: Comic
GeneralWatching people parallel park. Untying complicated knots. Laughing as people lurch when the subway starts moving. Ogling Christina Ricci's rack.
MoviesTop 50 - Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, Airplane!, American Pie, Annie Hall, Back to the Future, Batman, The Blues Brothers, Braveheart, The Breakfast Club, The Bridge on the River Kwai, A Bronx Tale, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, Caddyshack, Citizen Kane, Clue, Clueless, Coming to America, Dead Poets Society, Die Hard, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, A Few Good Men, Fight Club, Fletch, Forrest Gump, Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, The Godfather, The Godfather Part II, LA Confidential, Life Is Beautiful, The Lord of the Rings (3), My Cousin Vinny, The Naked Gun, Napoleon Dynamite, National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, National Lampoon's Vacation, Office Space, One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest, Quiz Show, Rain Man, Scent of a Woman, Schindler's List, Se7en, The Shawshank Redemption, The Silence of the Lambs, Spaceballs, Stand By Me, Swingers, Transformers: The Movie, The Usual Suspects, Waiting for Guffman, When Harry Met Sally.
Books1. The Catcher in the Rye. 2. The Fountainhead. 3. How to Win Friends and Influence People. 4. The Inner Game of Tennis. 5. Superfudge.
HeroesGandhi. C'mon - I'm Indian. This should already have been filled-in and grayed-out. (OK, really - My parents and brothers.)
University Of Cincinnati-Main Campus
1996 to 2000
- Graduated: 2000
- Student status: Alumni
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Materials Engineering
- Clubs: Elected President, Alpha Sigma Mu (materials engineering national honorary society). Selected for Tau Beta Pi, national engineering honor society. Elected Vice President, Student Senate. Basically, King of Nerds.
Case Western Reserve University
1994 to 1996
- Graduated: N/A
- Degree: Bachelor's Degree
- Major: Engineering
- Clubs: Class President. Student Government.
- Greek: Phi Gamma Delta