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Dhaya Lakshminarayanan on trading finance for comedy

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Comedian Dhaya Lakshminarayanan


Bay Area comic Dhaya Lakshminarayanan has shared the stage with the likes of Marc Maron and Janeane Garofalo, and she’s a regular contributor to the popular radio show Snap Judgment. But she didn’t start out as a comedian.

First she got two degrees in urban planning and was a venture capitalist in Silicon Valley. But at the office, she found herself making jokes all the time. Dhaya stopped by KALW’s studios to talk with Ninna Gaensler-Debs about how she sharpened her comedy skills while navigating the finance industry.



"They found me non-threatening but scary. Which is a good power dynamic if you're a small brown woman in the finance world."

Dhaya Lakshminarayanan will be hosting The Moth StorySLAM tonight at Freight & Salvage in Berkeley, and she’ll be performing at She Who Laughs Last on October 27.


Ninna Gaensler-Debs is a reporter and editor for Crosscurrents. Since 2012, Ninna has worn a variety of hats at KALW - she was both a producer and event planner for Localore project Hear Here. Ninna also programmed and organized the Sights and Sounds live events - two in Bayview, and most recently, one in East Oakland.