International comedian Rajiv Satyal.
Los Angeles-based Indian-American comedy star Rajiv Satyal is set to have Durban audiences in stitches when he performs for the first time in South Africa this month.

Satyal, a prominent figure on the US comedy circuit who performs alongside the likes of Russell Peters and Dave Chappelle, will perform for one night only in the I am Indian Comedy Show next Friday at the Cuba Lounge events venue at Moses Mabhida Stadium.

Satyal’s TV-clean act has made him one of the most versatile comedians today.

He had an unusual entry into stand-up, doing his act for then-World No 1 tennis player Pete Sampras in a locker room.

Satyal has some interesting claims to fame: he opened for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in front of 17000 people.

He made the massively viral I am Indian video, seen over 50 million times, shared by Bollywood stars and used to introduce the Indian prime minister in Shanghai and Dubai.

Satyal has opened for Russell Peters more than any other Indian comedian, and opened for Dave Chappelle five times.

He even opened Chappelle’s very first show after his much-publicised African hiatus.

Satyal performs weekly at the Laugh Factory in Hollywood.

He has 12 videos with over 100000 YouTube views each, and has been featured on or in NBC, NPR, Nickelodeon, Fx, Netflix, Bob & Tom, Times Now, Zee TV, Pandora, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, Variety, Advertising Age, The Times of India, The Huffington Post, and The LA Times.

Satyal has performed on three continents. He co-created the Make Chai Not War, a Hindu/Muslim stand-up show, the US State Department, sending it to seven cities in India.

He has acted in national commercials and in TV shows. He has recorded 130 episodes of his podcast, The TanGent Show, and interviewed everyone from Deepak Chopra to Seth Godin to Preity Zinta. In his spare time, he writes TV ads, performs improv, and produces sketches.

Satyal wrote No Man’s Land, a 100-minute one-person show about his dating life that sold out LA to NY to San Francisco.

“I am super excited to perform in South Africa and more so in Durban, a place I've wanted to visit for a long time, particularly because of its connection to Indians and Indian culture. I am sure I will have a great time performing for Durbanites,” says Satyal.

I Am Indian also features local star Masood Boomgaard, who recently enjoyed success in Dubai, Australia and the London West End. - Lifestyle Reporter

* The show is on July 20 at 8pm in Cuba Lounge, Moses Mabhida. Tickets R150 from Checkers and Computicket. Or call 08619158000 to book.