BACCALAUREATE - HOLLYWOOD FRINGE DEBUT FOR SOUTH ASIAN-AMERICAN COMIC AND STORYTELLER SAURABH KIKANI
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 21, 2019
HOLLYWOOD FRINGE FESTIVAL PREMIERE OF BACCALAUREATE
June 08, 2019, Los Angeles CA –Asylum- Underground Theater presents
BACCALAUREATE – a one man solo show written and performed by Saurabh Kikani, an established South Asian-American stand up comic, storyteller, film and TV producer, writer, and improv comedian.
Opening June 08th running through June 29th on select dates at Underground Theater- 1314 N Wilton Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028
After rave audience reviews at the Solocom Festival last November, and a Los Angeles premiere as part of the Crazy Woke Asians Solo Fest this spring, Sasquatch Punches Productions is proud to join the Hollywood Fringe Festival family in presenting BACCALAUREATE on select dates in June 2019.
BACCALAUREATE is a one man solo show written and performed by Saurabh Kikani,
about espionage, first love, heists, and Oxford…with some jokes.
By turns hilarious, heartfelt, philosophical, and thrilling, this solo show is a romantic coming-of-age story that brilliantly resonates with honesty and humor. Touching upon themes of self-actualization, diversity, and regret, yet always shot through with genuine wit, BACCALAUREATE is a uniquely rich experience for all audiences.
Set in the summer of 1996, when Saurabh Kikani was 16 years old, he was presented with a chance to represent his high school at Oxford University amongst other honors students from around the world. Being an intensely shy, incredibly nerdy teen, he saw Oxford as his chance to try and break through, determined to become braver, better, bigger than he felt inside. Flirtations with another student, an intense rivalry with his dorm neighbor, and a bonding together with a group of equally nerdy friends culminates with a viewing of the Tom Cruise movie Mission:Impossible that changes his life forever.
ABOUT THE SHOW:
BACCALAUREATE debuted in New York City in the fall of 2018 as part of Solocom, an acclaimed solo comedy festival sponsored by the PIT Theater. The show made its Los Angeles debut in March 2019 as part of the Crazy Woke Asians Solo Fest, and now premieres as Saurabh Kikani’s debut at the Hollywood Fringe Festival.
Saurabh Kikani takes his well-honed skills of storytelling, improvisational acting, and stand up comedy, combining them to create a solo show that is heartfelt, surprising, and resonant, with a sly sense of humor as its engine throughout.
Presented by Sasquatch Punches Productions
Written and Performed by Saurabh Kikani
Directed by Nihar Patel
Starring Saurabh Kikani
Produced by Saurabh Kikani, Nihar Patel, and Megha Kadakia.
The Underground Theater 1314 N Wilton Pl, Los Angeles, CA 90028
June 8th, 2019 at 5:30pm
June 15th, 2019 at 7pm
June 20th, 2019 at 8:30pm
June 24th, 2019 at 8:30pm
June 29th, 2019 at 1:30pm
Running time: 60 min
TICKETS – $15.00 – https://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/5615?tab=tickets
For members of the press seeking comps, please contact: Megha Kadakia – [email protected]
For press, photos, and additional information, please contact: [email protected]
ABOUT THE WRITER/PERFORMER
Saurabh Kikani’s background spans stand up comedy, film/tv, improv, law, and politics.
He has worked for renowned film production companies including Ted Hope’s THIS IS THAT Productions, Cinetic Media, De Line Pictures, and more. He developed and produced two feature films, THE MAD ONES and MISS INDIA AMERICA, both of which received wide distribution, and co-founded the children’s entertainment brand, SUPER AMAZING PRINCESS HEROES, which celebrates diversity and female empowerment.
He has been a stand up comedian for over 10 years, regularly performing all over Los Angeles and New York, as well as all over the country. He has toured internationally, with a one hour show, STANGER IN A STRANGE LAND, that debuted at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2017.
His newest solo show, BACCALAUREATE, is currently in development as a feature film.
ABOUT THE DIRECTOR
Nihar Patel has produced, written, or directed for TV shows and pilot on ABC, AMC, Amazon, Comedy Central, Current, Nickelodeon, TBS, and YouTube’s Awesomeness TV. He’s also written humor pieces for McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, Splitsider, The New York Times,The New Yorker, andVice.com.
ABOUT THE PRODUCER
Megha Kadakia is head of Media Production and Development at Creative Visions, where she works with filmmakers and activists to create social impact media. She brings a unique blend of business experience, diversity and inclusion, and artistic vision to the world of independent filmmaking. Kadakia has produced the features MISS INDIA AMERICA, RASPBERRY MAGIC, THE TIGER HUNTER and HUMMINGBIRD. Kadakia has recently co-founded the global media entertainment brand for young girls, SUPER AMAZING PRINCESS HEROES.
She is the recipient of Sundance’s 2018 Momentum Fellowship, Canne’s 2012 Producer’s Fellow , Film Independent 2011 Producer Lab, and the Tribeca All-Access 2010 Program. In 2018, Kadakia presented a TEDX talk on Media and Diversity at UNC Chapel Hill. Kadakia has worked at Disney | ABC, Deloitte Consulting and several film production organizations in the capacity of Business Development and Finance. She received an MBA from Columbia University, Graduate School of Business and a B.S. in BioChemistry and Specialization in Business from UCLA.