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Momentum: an experiment in the unexpected

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a venture capitalist turned standup comedienne who was voted Best Comedian of 2013 by the readers of the San Francisco Bay Guardian. Inspired by Alan Rath’s Info Glut II (1997), Lakshminarayanan will develop a one-act play in which she will portray three characters. A video of her play will be shown alongside Rath’s work. Lakshminarayanan’s intervention will be incorporated into the exhibition in November 2014. 

Lakshminarayanan has sold-out shows in Atlanta, Boston, Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, and Silicon Valley at such venues as at the San Francisco’s Punchline, Los Angeles Comedy Store, and New York’s Gotham Comedy Club. She is a favoriate at comedy festivals such as Sketchfest San Francisco, The Boston Comedy Festival, and Bridgetown Comedy Festival (Portland, Oregon) she is a favorite. In Singapore, she won the “Ultimate Comedy Challenge” sponsored by Comedy Central Asia. She has opened or worked with Marc Maron, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Behrendt, Jello Biafra, Dick Gregory, Maz Jobrani, and Greg Proops. She hosted the Emmy Award winning series “High School Quiz Show” which premiered on the Public Broadcasting System (PBS) station WGBH in 2010. She was a featured Storyteller on the PBS station, KQED, for the Black History Month series, on the RISK! Live podcast, and is a regular contributor to NPR’s storytelling program “Snap Judgment.” She hosts the Moth Story Slam, a monthly event, in San Francisco.