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The Great Diwali Talent Mela


Wednesday October 23 2019 • 7:00pm - 8:15pm ET
In-person event

The Greene Space


Just in time for Diwali, Micropolis hosts an amateur hour like no other, showcasing emerging talent from comedy to dance.

WNYC‘s Arun Venugopal MC’s the event, and will be joined by a panel of judges: Actor and Comedian Aparna Nancherla (BoJack Horseman, Corporate), Comedian Saurin Choksi, and DJ Rekha.

With a performance from Navatman Dance‘s upcoming Mahabharata show.

This is free and open to all. Audience will be admitted on a first-come, first-served basis and an RSVP does not guarantee your admission. If capacity is reached at any given time, we will maintain a line outside our doors and follow a one-in, one-out policy. We recommend arriving early to better secure entry to the venue.

 This event is currently sold out. If you have friends or family members who have not signed up, The Greene Space does not have an online waitlist. However, there is a possibility of walk-up tickets if you’re willing to take a chance on the night of the show. See the “Can I get a ticket if a show is sold out” link here.

Micropolis is part of The Greene Space’s ongoing NEXT New York Conversation series. Leadership support is provided by:

Micropolis is part of The Greene Space’s ongoing NEXT New York Conversation series. Leadership support is provided by:

Navatman is a performing arts organization that empowers the individual to nurture his or her personal evolution through interactions with the Indian classical arts. Founded with an eye towards creating a home for the Indian classical performing arts in NYC, Navatman is best known for our Manhattan based classes, critically acclaimed productions, dynamic dance company, stellar music ensemble, and Drive East – a week long collaborative festival celebrating our mission.

Aparna Nancherla started out doing comedy in her hometown of Washington D.C. and now resides in New York City. 2016’s Elle’s Women in Comedy Issue, featured her as one of the most exciting new voices to hit the comedy scene. She is a series regular in Comedy Central’s Corporate and reprised her role in season 3 of HBO’s CRASHING. Aparna is also featured in the second season of Netflix’s The Standups. Most recently, she wrapped the writer’s room for Season 1 as Co-Producer for the Rob McElhenney/Charlie Day Apple Comedy Hero’s Quest. Other television credits include Netflix’s Master of None, Bojack Horseman and LOVE, HBO’s High Maintenance, Comedy Central’s Inside Amy Schumer, and Hulu’s I Love You, America with Sarah Silverman.

DJ Rekha is a producer, curator, educator, and activist. She is the founder of one of NYC’s longest-running club nights, Basement Bhangra (1997-2017). She has done sound design and production for Broadway and Nation Public Radio. DJ Rekha has performed at the Obama White House and internationally and serves on the board of the community organization, Chhaya CDC. She produces podcast Bhangra and Beyond.

Saurin Choksi does comedy and makes good things in New York City.

A member of the Writers Guild of America, Choksi recently wrote on staff for the Facebook / Refinery 29 talk show, “After After Party.” He’s also worked with the good people at Comedy Central Digital on a number of their video sketches. Choksi is a 10+ year stand up comedy veteran. In 2014 he won The Boston Comedy Festival. His stand up has been featured on Laughs on Fox TV and Sirius/XM radio. He has performed at numerous comedy festivals–Limestone, Bridgetown, and SF Sketch are among his favorites. Choksi hosted a television show on Fuse called “White Guy Talk Show” where he talked about pop culture and wore suits he couldn’t afford. He also created internet videos for Seriously.tv and is a proud alumni of Chicago’s Lincoln Lodge. Choksi produces and hosts two acclaimed live stand up showcases in Brooklyn: Comedians You Should Know NYC and Brown Privilege Comedy.

Choksi relaxes by sewing, crafting, and making stuff. He loves his wife, his family, and 4 of his friends. He thinks you should be nice to yourself and is impressed by your power.

Event Details

  • $0 General Admission
  • $0 Member Price
1 hour and 15 minutes
The Greene Space
44 Charlton St
New York , NY 10014 United States

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