West Coast Premiere
Official Selection, New York Comedy & Chicago South Asian Festivals, 2019
Equal parts comedy, awkward moments, and self-discovery, Laura Asherman’s intimate doc is a portrait of a comedian at the crossroads of his life and career. After losing his day job, Tushar Singh decides to pursue stand-up comedy full-time, drawing from his own personal experience of growing up as the son of Indian immigrants in a predominantly white neighborhood of Huntsville, Alabama.
In an attempt to accelerate his career, Singh maps out a 35-day tour in India (with his mom in tow), taking part in India’s flourishing stand-up scene. In the process of making audiences laugh through his self-deprecating (occasionally taboo) humor, he discovers the challenges of cross-cultural comedy, and faces his relationship with India head-on. Part verité road trip, part character study, this refreshingly candid doc features interviews with influential comics such as Mindy Kaling, Russell Peters, Bill Burr, and Vir Das.
“American Hasi is a funny and delightfully awkward story that captures the struggles of the brave few who try to make a living out of their creative passion.” – Laughing Skull Comedy Festival