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The Desi Comedy Festival is the only South Asian comedy festival in the country. It's based in the Bay Area and features shows in San Francisco, Sacramento, Oakland, Pleasanton and Sunnyvale from August 12th to the 19th. Co-creators and comedians Samson Koletkar and Abhay Nadkarni spoke with KALW’s Hana Baba about what the word "Desi" means, the rise of South Asian comedy, and what festival-goers can expect. 


We continue the joint series with our friends at New America Media discussing the issues that various Bay Area ethnic communities care about this election year, and where they stand on local issues. Every Tuesday until election day, we’ll be speaking with representatives from local ethnic media to hear about what’s important to their audiences.