Sriya Sarkar

Sriya Sarkar can be found at the intersection of comedy, political issues, and digital media. The smorgasbord of her work lives here.

SAAN Conference: Shifting Narratives

Technically this is in the past but it was an amazing experience that warrants a post, even if a few days late.

My organization, South Asian Sexual & Mental Health Alliance (SASMHA), recently got back from the University of Michigan where we presented at UM’s SAAN (South Asian Activist Network) conference, the premiere South Asian undergrad student-run conference. At the conference, we presented a workshop on how pop culture stereotypes (in both Hollywood and Bollywood) affect perceptions of gender roles and sexuality in South Asian communities. We also recorded a live episode of our podcast, Brown Taboo Project.

Getting to meet and collaborate with dope South Asian creatives and activists is always going to be a fulfilling experience, especially when you know the conference will have great food!

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The Revolution

This is going to be a fun show TONIGHT! If intersectional comedy is your jam (and if it isn’t…why is it not?), come out!

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DATE: Saturday, January 12

TIME: 7:30pm - 9:00pm

LOCATION: Q.E.D., 27-16 23rd St, Astoria, NY

TICKETS: $10, buy them here or at the door

Past Events

New year, new me, but this post is all about the events I was lucky enough to participate in…but forgot to post about last year because I’m an idiot.

THE CULTURE PROJECT’S WOMEN CENTER STAGE FESTIVAL

This year’s festival invited 14 directors to create pieces that used theatre in innovative ways to address the issues of immigration, presidential impeachment, criminal justice reform, and racism in our communities and nation.

“2 Minutes Hate” was a collaborative movement piece choreographed by my good friend and former roommate, Carmen Caceres, based on George Orwell’s 1984. I collaborated with Devin Southard to create a video piece and an on-stage camera set-up to serve as “Big Brother.” ,

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FACE FOR RADIO

Well golly, I’ve gone and got myself on a house sketch team at the People’s Improv Theater here in NYC. This team of lovely hooligans plus my hairy self, Face For Radio, performs monthly at the PIT.

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Electoral Dysfunction

Today was a bizarre AF news day with Paul Manafort and Michael Cohen teaming up to give giddy liberals some sweet revenge for all the "lock her up" garbage the Trump crew bandied about. So I'm very excited to join a group of cool cats for Electoral Dysfunction where we get to talk about it on ~a pAneL~

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DATE: Wednesday, August 22nd

TIME: 9PM

LOCATION: Caveat, 21A Clinton St, New York, NY

TICKETS: $10 adv / $12 door. It's cheaper online so get them here, like, now!

 

Rock 'n' Roe: A Dance Party for Reproductive Freedom

In collaboration with Lady Parts Justice DC, we're busting out the moves to benefit NARAL Virginia! Nothing does more for the soul (and abortion access) than a good dance party. And we're delivering. Word on the street is the dashing Mike Hot-Pence will be there. He may even slow dance with me, your emcee for the night. Come boogie with us.

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DATE: Saturday, February 3, 2018

TIME: 8PM

LOCATION: Black Cat DC. 1811 14th ST NW

TICKETS: $20 in advance here, $25 at the door

Postcards from the Vag

Lady Parts Justice DC is back at it with an abortion storytelling show in the mean streets of the District. The lineup is killer: Lizz Winstead, Aparna Nancherla, Leah Bonnema, and Chelsea Shorte (and I get to tag along!). 

All proceeds benefit Dr. LeRoy Carhart, one of only four doctors in the U.S. who performs abortions throughout pregnancy. Dr. Carhart has just opened a new clinic in Bethesda after his Germantown clinic was bought and shut down by anti-abortion activists. Germantown is a town made up of discarded Desperate Housewives sets whose only redeeming quality is the Amish Market on Wisteria, so...not surprising that happened there. Unfortunately. But we're going to help Dr. Carhart do what he does best: help those who need him most. 

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DATE: Thursday, November 30, 2017

TIME: 8PM (doors at 7:30)

LOCATION: The Black Cat, 1811 14th St NW

TICKETS: $20 ($25 at the door). Get them here!

Speakout Laughout at the Cinder Block Comedy Festival

The Cinder Block Comedy Festival is a fantastic comedy festival and it's happening *this* weekend! AND everyone's favorite (sweeping generalization, but I'm sure it's close) abortion comedy show is a part of it. 

I'm producing Speakout Laughout for the festival with a new crop of talented comics, each with their own abortion story to tell. We're also fundraising for the National Network of Abortion Funds, so it's a double whammy of good deeds and good times. See you there!

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DATE: Sunday, September 10, 2017

TIME: 8:30PM

LOCATION: Cantina Royale, 58 N. 3rd St, Brooklyn, NY

TICKETS: $10. Get them 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!

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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


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