SOCIAL MEDIA ACCOUNTS
ANY UPCOMING EVENTS?
Calendar at dhayacomedy.com
WHAT LEVELS OF PARTICIPATION WOULD YOU LIKE TO ENCOURAGE FROM EVERY ATTENDEE?
Attend a show, support local art in your community. Make panels and conferences less boring and find opportunities where can comedy make an impact in your movement.
WHAT MARCHING ORDERS WOULD YOU LIKE TO ENCOURAGE FROM EACH ATTENDEE THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO REITERATE?
Find ways to laugh every day, even if it is silly or goofy or dumb. Find ways to support local artists financially and through attending events. Bring your kids and parents when you can.
WHAT IS YOUR FAVORITE QUOTE?
"Not everything that is faced can be changed, but nothing can be changed until it is faced." -Lucille Ball
WHAT BOOK ARE YOU READING RIGHT NOW?
Radical Hope: Letters of Love and Dissent in Dangerous Times -- OF COURSE! ☺
HOW HAVE YOU BEEN PRACTICING SELF-CARE DURING THESE TIMES?
Meditation, exercising, eating a diet that’s good for the environment and me, volunteering, not watching too much news, attending Drag Shows.
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan was named one of the “16 Bay Area performers to watch in 2016” by the SF Weekly. The San Francisco Bay Guardian named her Best Comedian 2013 in the “Best of the Bay” Readers’ Poll. Comedy Central Asia crowned her Grand Prize Winner of “The Ultimate Comedy Challenge” filmed in Singapore.
Her list of credits includes the Bridgetown Comedy Festival (Portland, OR), San Francisco Sketchfest, the Boston Comedy Festival (semifinalist), the Limestone Comedy Festival (Bloomington, IN) and Laugh Your Asheville Off (Asheville, NC). She has opened/featured for or worked with the following: Janeane Garofalo, Marc Maron, Greg Behrendt, Jello Biafra, Dick Gregory, Anthony Jeselnik, Maz Jobrani, and Greg Proops. Dhaya introduced former Vice President Al Gore at an event. He then laughed onstage at her joke, so technically she once opened for Al Gore.
Dhaya is also a TV host and storyteller. She hosted the premier year of the Emmy award-winning series High School Quiz Show on PBS’s WGBH. She is a frequent comedic storyteller on NPR’s Snap Judgment and has appeared live in Austin on The Risk podcast. She is currently the host of San Francisco’s monthly Moth StorySLAM after winning a MothStorySLAM and competing in the GrandSLAM at the Castro Theater (capacity 1400). ON24
awarded her the grand prize for “Best Travel Disaster Story.”
She is a solo performer, and her first play “Nerd Nation” was funded in parts by The Asian Pacific Islander Cultural Center of San Francisco and support from DIVAfest, which supports new and developing works by female playwrights. Her workshop run in San Francisco sold out.
The Boston Globe, The Bay Guardian, and The San Jose Mercury News have all run profiles about her.
Prior to funny and show business Dhaya was a venture capitalist, management consultant, and two-time MIT graduate. She is a favorite at corporate events, panels, CEO conferences, and company-wide programs. You can indeed call her a nerd.