Sriya Sarkar

Comedian, Filmmaker, Digital Media-ite

Sriya Sarkar can be found at the intersection of comedy, political issues, and digital media (just off of I-95). A filmmaker and comedian, she recently received her Master's in Integrated Digital Media from NYU's Polytechnic School of Engineering.

The smorgasbord of her work lives here.

Gallatin Comedy Festival

Heading back to my alma mater, NYU, for the Gallatin Comedy Festival. Come see me not be funny but instead spew so-called wisdom with far wiser people than I (like Sofia Alvarez, Mamadou N'Diaye, and Rachel Rosenthal) on a panel about taking back stereotypes for women and minorities in comedy. 

DATE: Tuesday, May 9, 2017

TIME: 4 - 5pm

LOCATION: Lebowitz Theatre, 1 Washington Place, NY, NY

RSVP: here!

Art in the Age of Activism

Stoked to be on this NYU Production Lab panel with a number of incredibly cool artists. We're talking activism and art because who said the resistance couldn't entertaining and look good in the process?

DATE: February 23, 2017

TIME: 6 - 7:30pm

LOCATION: NYU Production Lab, 16 Washington Place, New York, NY

TICKETS: Free! Register here

Lady Parts Justice League + Dirty Dancing

Lady Parts Justice League, an organization and group of badasses near and dear to my heart, is wrapping up this week of action to defend Planned Parenthood with, what else, a tribute to the greatest movie about abortion ever made: Dirty Dancing.

Come for the movie, enjoy the sing-a-long competition, stay for my brown butt on a panel with some bona fide cool cats. 

DATE: February 15, 2017

TIME: 6:30pm doors, 7:30pm show. The panel starts at 9pm.

LOCATION: The Bell House, 149 7th Street, Brooklyn, NY 

TICKETS: $10. Get em hot right here. 

BanterGirl Interview

BanterGirl is a great platform for women who are doing cool things. I was chuffed to share some thoughts on working in the entertainment industry as well as the Hillary Clinton campaign. Give it a read by clicking on the image below!

BanterGirl

Producer Trish Nelson started a great company called BanterGirl aimed at supporting and developing work by women. She just launched a podcast for her company and I was most honored to be on its first episode!

Give it a listen. Trish, comedian Shalewa Sharpe, playwright/screenwriter Susan Soon He Stanton, and myself had a riotous discussion about diversity in entertainment while knocking back glasses of rosé. The nasty congested voice is me :)

Dudes Being Dudes Being Dudes

Straight dude jokes from ladies and gay men dressed up as straight dudes. A most excellent comedy show produced and hosted by Lauren Maul, Katie Compa, and Calvin Cato. 

DATE: Tuesday, May 10th, 2016

TIME: 8pm

LOCATION: Over the Eight, 594 Union Ave, Brooklyn, NY (the ole Billyburg...but don't let the L deter you!)

TICKETS: Free as nipples should be

THE REVOLUTION Variety Show

The amazing Kate Moran is producing this comedy show of diverse, intersectional, hil-ar-ee-us comics tomorrow night. I'm chuffed to share a stage and spit-riddled mic with them. Come join us!

DATE: Saturday, April 30th, 2016

TIME: 9PM

LOCATION: PIT Loft, 154 W. 29th St, New York, NY 10001

TICKETS: $10. Get em hurr

Intersectionality in the Industry

I'm speaking on a panel on intersectionality in the industry with some VERY. COOL. PEOPLE. (some of whom are also old classmates #weregettingold).

Erica Hart (ABC casting coordinator), Kaliya Warren (filmmaker), Nadia Manzoor (writer, producer, actor) and I will be speaking with Nivedita Kulkarni and Kate Moran of Nuva Comedy. It will be, as the cool kids say, intersectional as fuck and whole lotta wholesome fun (*unsubstantiated claim). See you there!

DATE: Today! Wednesday, February 3, 2016

TIME: 8pm 

LOCATION: Producer's Club Theater, 358 W. 44th St, NYC 10036

TICKETS: FREE! Reserve them by emailing info@nuvacomedy.com
                    

lolvote.

lolvote is a multimedia live comedy show that features the best of political comedy to get us all into a political state of mind and mobilize voters. Also, it's going to be fun as fu**. (How many comedy shows do you know that have their own Twitterbot...?)

The above is fancy talk for, "Hey, look, it's my thesis project!"

Indeed. Come see what happens when you ask the question, "How can young voters be mobilized to vote through comedy?" in the master's thesis class of the techy art program (aka Integrated Digital Media) at NYU's school of engineering. 

Tickets are only $5 and can be bought here in advance. 

See you there!

We're Trying Here Comedy Festival

This weekend. 24 hours straight. The indomitable indie queen of improv and comedy community in NYC, Leah Evans, produces the We're Trying Here Comedy Festival. I will contribute a mere 10 minutes tops of standup.

Sleep is a social construct anyway. Who needs it?! Come stop by for oodles of laughs, fun, and deliriousness. 

Below are the details if you want to catch me, in particular, at the show. But the entire lineup is a smorgasbord of really awesome, talented improvisors and comedians so definitely check them out too!

Date: Sunday, September 26, 2015

Time: 12:00pm

Location: The Tank
151 W. 46th Street, 8th Floor
New York, NY 10036

Tickets: $8. Get them here.
(Go here for tickets to other shows that are also part of the festival OR here for an All-Access Pass!)

Again, the festival starts on Saturday, September 25th at 9:00pm and carries on all through the night, well into the evening of the Lord's Day. It will be glorious. 

See you there!

A Super Quick Survey About Voter Registration

My thesis for NYU's Integrated Digital Media graduate program is about using digital media and comedy to encourage young people to vote. Fascinating stuff (it really is!). 

As preliminary research, I have created this survey so I can indulge in some good ol' quantitative analysis for the project. Please take a minute to fill it out. It literally takes less than a minute (I already timed it!). Many thanks in advance!

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Postcards From the Vag

Similar to my "Speakout Laughout" event, Postcards From the Vag is about using storytelling and some good ol fashioned joke cracking to lift the stigma around abortion. A benefit for Lady Parts Justice, I'll be doing standup along with a bunch of talented lady-identifiying ladies (including, the one and only Lizz Winstead).

Come for the lineup, stay for the stigma crushing.

Full details here.

Date: Friday, August 28, 2015

Time: Doors @ 9pm, Show @ 9:30pm

Location: Black Cat DC
1811 14th St NW
Washington, DC 20009

Tickets: $10 advance, $15 door. Get them here


June 2015 New York Tech Meetup

The Feminize It team (aka Kate Sidley, Nicole Javorsky, and myself) will be demoing at this month's New York Tech Meetup tonight. 

Feminize It is a website that finds the female versions of products so your little lady brain doesn't have to. It was a finalist in Cultivated Wit's Comedy Hack Day in May and won the Women in Tech prize (from Michael Ian Black, no less). 

Kate and I direct everyone's attention to Nicole, our coding maestro, during the Comedy Hack Day final presentations show in May.

Kate and I direct everyone's attention to Nicole, our coding maestro, during the Comedy Hack Day final presentations show in May.

In case you were wondering:
     1. Yes, we were the only all-female team at the hackathon
     2. Yes, we did build not one, but TWO, projects over the course of 24 hours (check out our other website, Weather to Shave, for the weather and corresponding insight on whether or not you should shave on any given day)

New York Tech Meetup

Date: June 9, 2015
Time: 7:00pm
Location: NYU Skirball Center, 566 LaGuardia Place (at Washington Square South), New York, NY 10012 
Tickets: $10 each, buy them here
 

Pregnant Pause: A Variety Show About Pop Culture and Pregnancy

I'm doing standup about abortion for this amazing event The Doula Project is organizing about pregnancy in pop culture on Wednesday, June 3 at 7pm. Full event details and tickets available here.

Gillian Robespierre, the writer/director of the ridiculously amazing "Obvious Child", will be there to discuss the film. Lots of cool pregnancy related performances are in the lineup.

I will be there to prove to myself I can refrain from peeing my pants when in the presence of admirable people.

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