Richard Sarvate grew up in the Bay Area to parents of Indian immigrants. He spent 10 years working as a programmer before deciding to throw off the shackles of corporate life. Now he spends his nights on stage poking fun at his previous career. His jokes range from an impression of a GPS for insecure men to deep and introspective subjects like his mother's schizophrenia.

He’s been seen on NDTV’s “Stars of Comedy”. Headlined opening week at Doug Stanhope's club Chuckleheads in Bisbee, AZ. Number 1 of all time on Reddit’s /r/standupshots. Owner of The Setup and The Bunker. He's a paid regular at Live Nation clubs, he's written sketches with SNL Alumni Don Novello, and he recently completed a 20 show tour of India.




The Setup

Richard produces The Setup which is San Francisco's most popular independent showcase. The show is every Saturday at 8pm at the Beer Basement (222 Hyde St).

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  • Headlined opening week at Doug Stanhope’s comedy club Chuckleheads in Bisbee, AZ.



  • May 24, 2011 - First Open Mic at Rock-It Room in San Francisco

  • Oct 31, 2013 - SNL Alumni Don Novello approves of Richard's comedy and gives him a signed copy of "The Lazlo Letters".

  • July 23, 2014 - Cereal joke goes viral (500k views) on Reddit

  • September 2, 2014 - Met and performed with Roseanne Barr

  • January 19, 2016 - Wrote and performed a sketch with Don Novello

  • February 13, 2016 - Indian National Television Debut

  • April 14, 2016 - 1000 times on stage

  • December 31, 2016 - Featured for Anjelah Johnson

  • May 18, 2018 - Richard’s joke becomes the #1 stand up shot on Reddit of all time.

  • April 24-26, 2019 - Headlined opening week at Doug Stanhope’s comedy club Chuckleheads in Bisbee, AZ.

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