Takeover: Dhaya Lakshminarayanan
Part of TAKEOVER, Thursday Nights Dhaya Lakshminarayanan's long last name will TAKEOVER the Asian Art Museum. Watch as the exhibits are overtaken by exotic syllables, sounds and letters. For this one-night-only event, stand-up comedian, storyteller and mischief-maker Dhaya Lakshminarayanan literally takes over the museum to share stand-up comedy, comedian-led fauxcent (fake docent) tours and a bizarre participatory Dada Amar Chitra Katha reading. On July 13, enjoy a stand-up comedy club experience featuring up-and-coming and surprise guest comedians in Samsung Hall. Take an informative, yet fake, tour of the exhibits led by fauxcents (docents who are unqualified to lead anything, but are very very funny). And participate in Dada Amar Chitra, a highly interactive absurdist and hilarious interpretation of comic book art and stories which have taught Hindu mythology and Indian history to millions of children of the Indian diaspora. Laugh at history. Lampoon tradition. Learn in a funny way. Dhaya Lakshminarayanan was named one of twenty "Women to Watch" in 2016 by KQED Arts in its series celebrating women artists, creatives and makers who are pushing boundaries; the 2016 winner of the Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award (previously awarded to Samantha Bee, Wanda Sykes and satirist/humorist Mark Russell); one of the "16 Bay Area performers to watch in 2016" by SF Weekly; one of "The Bay Area's 11 Best Standup Comedians" by SFist; Best Comedian 2013 in the San Francisco Bay Guardian's "Best of the Bay" Readers' Poll; and Grand Prize Winner of Comedy Central Asia's "The Ultimate Comedy Challenge" filmed in Singapore. She hosted the premier year of the Emmy award-winning series "High School Quiz Show" on PBS's WGBH. She is a frequent comedic storyteller on NPR's Snap Judgment and is currently the host of San Francisco's monthly Moth StorySLAM. Prior to funny and show business, Dhaya was a venture capitalist, management consultant and two-time MIT graduate. You can indeed call her a nerd.