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Kasha Patel was named one of the “Best Undiscovered Comedians” in the U.S. by Thrillist magazine because of her unique voice that couples life as an Indian-American and her love for science. She produces science-themed comedy shows through her company DC Science Comedy. She gave a TEDx talk called “Sneaking Science into Stand-Up,” where she shares a series of surprising revelations pulled from her analysis of more than 500 of her stand-up jokes. She has been featured on NPR, BBC World, Travel Channel, The Science Channel, The Weather Channel, and hosted a miniseries on NASA TV.
In addition to performing in comedy clubs across the world, Kasha has performed for several organizations including NASA, NIH, St. Jude's Children Hospital, Maryland STEM Festival, and AAAS.
Kasha Patel fills the unknown demand of Indian female comics from West Virginia. Now based in Washington D.C., she is a stand-up comedian and writer who focuses her jokes on her life as an Indian-American and science. Founder of the comedy production company DC Science Comedy, Kasha produces and hosts science-themed comedy shows where scientists, writers, comedians, and singers grace the stage. She also hosts and acts as emcee for monthly book-themed comedy shows, weekly mics, and special events.
Kasha was listed on Thrillist magazine’s “Best Undiscovered Comedians in the US” where she was called a unicorn for her uniqueness. She presented a TEDx talk called “Sneaking Science into Stand-Up” where she shares a series of surprising revelations pulled from her analysis of more than 500 of her stand-up jokes. She has also been featured in The Washington Post, BBC World News, and the Travel Channel’s “Mysteries at the Museum.” In 2016, she hosted a mini series for NASA TV called “Earth Expeditions,” where she covered research about vulnerable aspects of Earth such as air quality, coral reefs, phytoplankton, forests, and glaciers.
Kasha was born and raised in West Virginia, majored in chemistry at Wake Forest University, and earned her Masters degree in Science Journalism at Boston University. She has published scientific work in the Astronomy & Geophysics Oxford journal and the Inorganica Chimica Acta.
From her standup debut in Boston, Kasha has performed coast to coast from San Francisco to New York City as well as in Antarctica, Mexico and Singapore. She has opened for Natasha Leggero, Michael Ian Black, Jen Kirkman, Christian Finnegan, Fahim Anwar, Judah Friedlander, Mitch Fatel, and international comedian Vir Das.