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No Man’s Land Show

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Ah dating. We’ve all done it, we’ve all had some doozies along the way but one thing’s for sure: we ALL have a few worthy stories to share but none quite as impacting as Comedian, Rajiv Satyal whose “solo show about being solo”, No Man’s Land touches on the impending woes of not only dating but dating in a culture that requires certain, well, requirements. Rajiv delves right into his first childhood crush and from that point on we are taken on his romantic journeys over the last three decades. The highs the lows, the cultural implications of “finding a wife” suitable to familial obligations, all done in a way that makes you laugh AND think.

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Comic Rajiv Satyal

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The first time I met Rajiv Satyal was at the Eat Your Words Event at the Standard Hotel Downtown. When Greg Walloch introduced Rajiv, I wasn’t sure what to expect. Up until this point, I hadn’t had the wonderful fortune of seeing him on stage. But when I did, it was clear I had to interview him. He stood up in that Cactus Lounge and didn’t give some overly comedic performance. Instead he actually gave us a look into a part of his life that was honest, relatable, and oh so real: Dating, falling in love, and things not working out. It begins with a candid and endearing tale of him being interviewed by a journalist in India. She is beautiful and intelligent and, as luck would have it, agrees to go out with him after his friend oversleeps for their dual interview. They hit it off and their relationship begins.

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The Comedy and Magic Club

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Andrew Norelli followed, and made the smart move of using very locally weighted topics like health nuts and social media. Since he was the performer we were primarily going to see, I had done some research on him, watching a few video clips of previous performances (including his spots on The Late Show with David Letterman and Comedy Central’s Live at Gotham) and I was impressed that everything I heard was fresh material, even making me cry over a flaxseed oil joke.

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