Shanti Charan on a comedian's responsibility to both teach and entertain

Dec 8, 2016

Stand-up comedian Shanti Charan won Best Comedian of 2016 in the SF Bay Guardian’s annual Best of the Bay write-up, but she still feels like she’s working towards her best material.

A Bay Area native, Shanti has been balancing stand-up comedy with part-time work, as well as writing and producing her web series called Mixing Masala. It's a cooking show featuring guest comics and her dog Bernie. Charan spoke about what a changing Bay Area means for her audience, and what she feels the role of a comedian should be.

CHARAN: I absorb learning things so much more when I'm having fun while learning them.

Charan will be performing at JJ’s Blues in San Jose on Saturday and at Cobb's Comedy Club in San Francisco this Sunday, as part of the Outsourced Comedy Tour.