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 a regular host at the San Francisco Punch Line, he's written live sketches with Don Novello, and he recently completed a 20 show tour of India.

Photo: The Original Purple Onion, San Francisco




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).

"The best places for stand up comedy in San Francisco" - TimeOut

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Worked With

  • Jimmy O. Yang (Punch Line, San Francisco)
  • Anjelah Johnson (Tommy T's, Pleasanton)
  • Don Novello (Throckmorton, Mill Valley)
  • Dan Soder (Punch Line, Sacramento)
  • Eddie Brill (Purple Onion, San Francisco)


  • May 24, 2011 - First Open Mic at Rock-It Room in San Francisco
  • Oct 31, 2013 - 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