Blonde Medicine is pleased to announce the February 25, 2022 release of Dhayatribe, the debut comedy album from Dhaya Lakshminarayanan.
Dhayatribe is a play on diatribe which is a lecture, a criticism, or even a verbal attack. While the album is a diatribe about how things are, it is also about love: love of family, nerdy things, and even Cheech and Chong. It is the sound of a funny, opinionated person sharing what she loves.
On her comedic roots, Dhaya explains: “My mom is hilarious and my dad thinks he is. I come from a funny family. We love doing impressions of each other, inventing weird characters, wordplay, political jokes, science and math puns, even physical comedy. No one makes me laugh more than my parents and brother. Well, except Larry David.”
To Lakshminarayanan, the best feeling is brightening someone’s day by making them laugh. And if possible, she will do it while addressing topics she finds important. Her album covers her charming parents, the challenges of growing up Hindu in Birmingham Alabama, and the absurd political climate in which we find ourselves. Plus of course yoga, math, science, beer, and weed. But not the takes you’d expect.
A double-MIT graduate with a background in engineering and finance, Lakshminarayanan describes another impetus for entering the comedy world: “I was working with men, mostly taller than me, who could drink more than me. I realized that if I could just get them to laugh, I could get them to invite me to meetings and do deals with them. It’s all about infiltrating.”
Dhaya postulates that her comedy is described by the equation: “funny + opinion = my stand up”
DHAYA LAKSHMINARAYANAN - DHAYATRIBE TRACK LISTING:
1. The Best Numbers
2. Hello My Name Is
3. My People Invented It
4. Pro-Mask, Anti-Holler
5. Finest Import
6. Neighborhood Watchmen
7. Curry In A Hurry
8. Spoiler: They Love Me
10. Nerd Pride
11. Pinocchio Politics
12. Breaking Up a Bro Fight
13. Where There's Smoke
14. Let It Ferment
ABOUT DHAYA LAKSHMINARAYANAN:
Dhaya Lakshminarayanan is a stand-up comedian, storyteller and writer. Dhaya received the 2016 Liz Carpenter Political Humor Award (previously awarded to Samantha Bee, Wanda Sykes and Mark Russell) presented by the National Women’s Political Caucus. Comedy Central Asia crowned her the Grand Prize Winner of “The Ultimate Comedy Challenge” filmed in Singapore and the Bay Area PBS affiliate KQED named her one of the twenty “Women to Watch”, a series celebrating women artists, creatives and makers who are pushing boundaries. She has performed internationally across Asia and has also been invited to perform at some of the best festivals in the US including Bridgetown Comedy Festival, San Francisco Sketchfest, the Boston Comedy Festival (semifinalist), Limestone Comedy Festival, and Laugh Your Asheville Off.
As a television host, Dhaya helmed the inaugural season of the Emmy award-winning series High School Quiz Show on PBS’s WGBH. She is a frequent comedic storyteller on NPR’s Snap Judgment. She currently serves as the host of San Francisco’s monthly Moth StorySLAM having won a Moth StorySLAM and competed in the GrandSLAM. Dhaya has worked with a variety of progressive headliners including Ronny Chieng, Janeane Garofalo, Greg Behrendt, Anthony Jeselnik, Maz Jobrani, Greg Proops, and the late Dick Gregory. Dhaya once introduced former Vice President Al Gore at an event. He then laughed onstage at her joke, so technically she's opened for Al Gore.
Prior to her endeavors in the entertainment business, Dhaya was a venture capitalist, management consultant, and two-time MIT graduate. You can indeed call her a nerd.
ABOUT BLONDE MEDICINE:
Blonde Medicine is a record label and production company based out of the San Francisco Bay Area. With roots in comedy and music production, they aim to help Artists make great art, no matter what form it may take.Their genre-spanning releases can be found at blondemedicine.com.
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