Hollywood hero: We will not negotiate with terrorists. Hollywood: We will absolutely negotiate with terrorists.
Sunglasses have to be bullshit. We went how long without them, and then suddenly one day it's "OW, MY EYES!"? Shut up.
Hello! My name is Ajai, pronounced "UH-Jay." Like one J. It means "invincible," and to this day, I have never been vinced. Or if I have, I don't know it.
I'm a standup comedian and writer based in New York City. If you'll glance ever so slightly to the left, you can see a three-inch version of me in action. (You could also pretend you're watching The Indian in the Cupboard, with a different kind of Indian, and a happier ending. That was a good book.)
I competed in the 2014 Boston Comedy Festival, which was pretty cool. I also performed in the lobby of a Clarion Inn in Wakefield, Massachusetts, which was also cool, but in a completely different way.
I grew up in Plano, Texas, the son of Indian immigrants, the first Raj born on American soil. (I'd have been the first Varadarajan, if my dad hadn't seen fit to shorten the name to accommodate American ears.) I moved to New York to become a journalist, but my love of acting and performing guided me towards improvisational comedy, and from there I was drawn to standup, and now here we are on this website.
Sign up for my mailing list if you want to keep up with me and get updates on upcoming shows, or you can check the Shows page, obviously.
To get in touch, for bookings or whatever other crazy or non-crazy reason you might have, drop me a line: ajairaj at gmail dot com.
You can also find me on Twitter (@SaintAjaiRaj), on instagram (@ajairaj), or on Facebook.
Thanks for stopping by. Good night, and godspeed.