Stand Up. Sketches. Nerd Humor.

Born in New York and brought up in California, Sanjay Manaktala got into stand up comedy due to his traveling consultant job with an IT firm. Since he would be bored in cities where he didn’t know anybody, Sanjay decided to give a shot at comedy, as this was something he always wanted to try. His first time on stage was at the back of a pizza restaurant in Hollywood and soon open mics at bars/pubs became a great way for Sanjay to keep busy doing something he liked.

Sanjay moved to India in 2010, as part of a role with his company that offered him work in Bangalore. He approached similar establishments in Bangalore and met Sundeep Rao and Praveen Kumar. Together they formed a collective called The Polished Bottoms through which they have been raising the stand up comedy bar in India ever since. Sanjay also performs regularly at The Comedy Store, Mumbai. In the past 4 years he has done close to 1000 shows and has performed in Bangalore, Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai, Hyderabad, Singapore, Los Angeles and San Francisco.


Sanjay has featured in TV series like Comedy Central’s ‘The Living Room’, NDTV’s Rising Stars Comedy, BBC Trending and in random shots on CNN-IBN and Economic Times.

Sanjay is inspired by various comics that he has come to know through the years. Some of his favorites are Bill Burr, Aziz Ansari, Fahim Anwar, Chris Delia, Jim Gaffigan, and Brian Regan.

His Youtube Channel SanjayComedy has over 14000 subscribers and is where you will find all the hilarious videos he makes. Here is a recent video written by Sanjay that has been doing vigorous rounds on Facebook. This video reached over 500,000 views in less than a week. Take a look at Anu Aunty-The Engineering Anthem.




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