Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour Returns After Premiering with 2 Sold Out shows.

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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 it does set up a very interesting evening of cross-cultural comedy guaranteed to make you laugh. Monday June 28th in San Francisco & Tuesday June 29th in Oakland.

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 it does set up a very funny evening of cross-cultural comedy in the multi-ethnic San Francisco Bay Area. Dhaya Lakshminarayanan (an Indian Hindu), Joe Nguyen (a Vietnamese Jew) and Samson Koletkar (an Indian Jew) bring their hilarity and their disparity to the stage. Three thoughtful individuals with overlapping identities but unique perspectives share some absurdities, anomalies and adventures that are guaranteed to make you laugh.

Monday, June 28th, 8pm, Punch Line Comedy Club, 444 Battery St., San Francisco
Tuesday, June 29th, 8pm, The New Parish, 579 18th St., Oakland

Web site & ticket links: http://www.mahatma-moses.com/tour.html

Indian Jewish comedian Samson Koletkar conceived The Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour after four years on the comedy circuit. This Mumbai native grew up fielding perplexed responses to his declaration "I am a Jew." After moving to the U.S., adding the adjective "Indian" to "Jew" only increased the confusion. He decided to let the world know about India's small, but strong, Jewish community by performing at night clubs, colleges, corporate events and fundraisers throughout the U.S. He also produces "Comedy Off Broadway Oakland," a twice-weekly stand-up showcase. Last October he returned to Mumbai to demonstrate to his hometown fans why he's been nicknamed "The Indian Seinfeld." Samson also competed in the 2010 Great Canadian Laugh Off in Toronto in March.

Joe Nguyen's path to comedy began in the state of Georgia where he was born to a Vietnamese immigrant and a Caucasian Jew from the Dominican Republic. Upon moving to California, he developed a moderate disdain for nonsense that is best captured in his humorous routines. Despite being atypical, he appeals to audiences with his likeable stage presence and smart writing. Joe won the 2009 Russian River Comedy Competition and is the producer of a successful weekly showcase in San Francisco.

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan's commanding five-foot-tall stage presence, sharply written material and vibrant characters appeal to rowdy bar flies and sober intellectuals alike. Her act springs from her traditional Indian upbringing in Alabama and Georgia and her geek chic education at MIT. She toured nationally as one of "Five Funny Females," and won first place in the 2007 "Battle of the Bay" competition. She is the host of the PBS series "High School Quiz Show," that aired in March, 2010 on WGBH.

Don't be fooled by their complicated last names. This team of talented performers has an uncomplicated approach to comedy that covers every relevant topic you can think of - race, religion, food, philosophy, nerdiness and more. Put on your thinking caps and enjoy the clean, smart, highbrow comedy of the Mahatma Moses Comedy Tour.

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