Part of TAKEOVER, Thursday Nights
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan's long last name will TAKEOVER the Asian Art Museum. Watch as the exhibits are overtaken by exotic syllables, sounds and letters.
For this one-night-only event, stand-up comedian, storyteller and mischief-maker Dhaya Lakshminarayanan literally takes over the museum to share stand-up comedy, comedian-led fauxcent (fake docent) tours and a bizarre participatory Dada Amar Chitra Katha reading. With the help of the ever talented Atsuko Okatsuka, Andrew Orolfo, Imran G-i, David Nguyen, Irene Tu, and Kelvin Kumarr (DJ koo mar), Dhaya will make sure this will be a night to remember.
On July 13, enjoy a stand-up comedy club experience comedians in Samsung Hall. Take an informative, yet fake, tour of the exhibits led by fauxcents (docents who are unqualified to lead anything, but are very very funny). Participate in Dada Amar Chitra, a highly interactive absurdist and hilarious interpretation of comic book art and stories which have taught Hindu mythology and Indian history to millions of children of the Indian diaspora. WIN PRIZES in Dj-led dancing and dance-offs including Bollywood, Gangam Style, and the appropriately AsianArt Museum-themed SEOUL TRAIN line.
Laugh at history. Lampoon tradition. Learn in a funny way.
6:00 — DJ koo mar spins and dance-offs, dancing, and dance competitions for PRIZES
6:15 PM – Welcome
6:30 PM – Dada Amar Chitra
7 PM – SAMSUNG Comedy Club featuring Irene Tu, Atsuko Okatsuka, and the mastermind of tonight’s TAKEOVER, Dhaya Lakshminarayanan
7:30 PM – Fauxcent tours led by comedians Andrew Orolfo, Imran G, and David Nguyen.
8:15 PM – Fauxcent tours led by comedians Irene Tu, Andrew Orolfo, Imran G, and David Nguyen.
8:15 — DJ koo mar spins and dance-offs, dancing, and dance competitions for PRIZES
8:30 PM – Dada Amar Chitra
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan was named one of twenty “Women to Watch” in 2016 by KQED Arts in its series celebrating women artists, creatives and makers who are pushing boundaries; the 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award (previously awarded to Samantha Bee, Wanda Sykes and satirist/humorist Mark Russell); one of the “16 Bay Area performers to watch in 2016” by SF Weekly; one of “The Bay Area’s 11 Best Standup Comedians” by SFist; Best Comedian 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian’s “Best of the Bay” Readers’ Poll; and Grand Prize Winner of Comedy Central Asia’s “The Ultimate Comedy Challenge” filmed in Singapore. 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 is currently the host of San Francisco’s monthly Moth StorySLAM. Prior to funny and show business, Dhaya was a venture capitalist, management consultant and two-time MIT graduate. You can indeed call her a nerd.