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Biography for Anish Shah

Anish Shah

Birthdate: 28 January 1978

Birth Place: Chicago, Illinois , United States of America.

Height in feet: 5 Feet 8 Inches

Sun Sign: Aquarius

Marital Status: Single

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Anish Shah is an Indian-American stand-up comedian most known for his work with the "Save a Mother" foundation. Anish wandered into a comedy club open mic, told some jokes, and set off on a career in comedy...turning his B-School degree into a $100,000 piece of wall decor.

He has also starred in commercials for Lufthansa, Marriott and the NFL. As an actor, he has also played the lead in an independent film while performing in numerous plays and musicals. As a writer, Anish has authored his own children's book on business.

Anish one the 50 Coolest South Asians in the world, alongside Salman Rushdie, Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Time Editor-At- Large Bobby Ghosh, and writer/actress Mindy Kaling.

Education

University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Yale School of Management, After getting an MBA from Yale and spending five years working up the corporate ladder at the management consulting firm, McKinsey & Company,

Acting Career

Anish switched directions in 2010 and began pursuing a career in stand-up comedy. Shah launched the "B-School Made Me Funny" tour in Fall 2012, creating a one-hour comedy act that specifically focuses on his experiences in business school and the corporate world. The tour included more than fifty schools in Spring 2013.

He has been fortunate enough to travel to over 20 countries, tape 2 international comedy specials, make over a dozen television appearances, perform at the Kennedy Center, and help raise millions for charity through comedy.

Anish also recently headlined the 50-city tour, "B-School Made Me Funny!" performing for sold out crowds at Harvard, Berkeley, and more than 40 other colleges. Anish also starred in the comedy special, “Maharajas of Comedy” alongside Kunal Nayyar from "The Big Bang Theory". His famed New York comedy show, International Incident, was also recently selected for the prestigious New York Comedy Festival.

He has performed for: Dan Hesse - CEO of Sprint, Nitin Nohria - Dean Harvard Business School, and Harry Connick Jr - Actor, among dozens of other CEOs, celebs, and world leaders.

Anish has also starred in commercials for Lufthansa, Marriott and the NFL. As an actor, he has also played the lead in an independent film while performing in numerous plays and musicals. As a writer, Anish has authored his own children's book on business. With so much going on, it’s no wonder DesiClub named Anish one the 50 Coolest South Asians in the world, alongside Salman Rushdie, Oscar winner Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy, Time Editor-At- Large Bobby Ghosh, and writer/actress Mindy Kaling.

Career Highlights

2013 - 14

• Headlined 50-city B-School Made Me Funny Tour performing schools like at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia

• Performed at The Kennedy Center

• Recorded TV Special "Maharajas of Comedy" with host, Kunal Nayyar (Big Bang Theory)

• Starred in national commercials for Lufthansa, Marriott and the NFL

2012:

• Opened a run of shows for Azhar Usman, CNN's Funniest Muslim in America

• Hosted the Indian American Bar Association Conference for 400+ people in Chicago

• Headlined NETIP Charity Benefit in Los Angeles

2010:

• First began performing at known clubs like Zanie's, The Comedy Store, etc

Grand Prize Winner: Mahoney's Comedy Competition

Grand Prize Winner: Shenanigan's Comedy Challenge

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