Press Kit

Press Kit


About Stand Up Planet

In some corners of the planet, life is no laughing matter. But a new wave of international stand-up comedians suggests that laughing matters now more than ever. Can the universal power of comedy change the global conversation about poverty?

Stand Up Planet is a documentary TV show, transmedia series and digital campaign that showcases life in some of the toughest places on Earth through the lens and experiences of stand-up comics.

At the center of Stand Up Planet is a U.S.-based host—Hasan Minhaj, a stand -up comic on a quest to find some of the best humor coming from corners of the developing world. Starting from his own personal story – India-born kid to Hollywood comic – Hasan embarks on an epic journey of discovery to find some of the funniest stand-up comics in the most unlikely places: the bustling city of Mumbai, India, and the neighborhoods of Johannesburg, South Africa. Along the way, Hasan follows the jokes and personal experiences of the funniest international comics deep into the hard truths and the promise for change in some of the toughest global poverty issues of our time. Along with a posse of comedian friends, including acclaimed up-and-comers Nate Bargatze, James Adomian and Michele Buteau, Hasan invites comedians from India and South Africa to take part in the biggest night of their lives – performing in America’s first international comedy showcase (Stand Up Planet: Live from the Laugh Factory) – after a stop to meet three of comedy’s legends: Bill Cosby, Carl Reiner, and producer Norman Lear. With a style that’s equal parts reality TV, documentary journey and travelogue, Stand Up Planet is a kind of No Reservations for global junkies.

Beyond making us laugh, the mission of Stand Up Planet is to encourage audiences to learn, share and support efforts to solve the global poverty crisis for a new generation.

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Media Inquiries

Please contact KCETLink

Ariel Carpenter, acarpenter@kcet.org
747-201-5243

Ayn Allen, aallen@kcet.org
747-201-5886

Crew

Executive Producers
WENDY HANAMURA
CATY BORUM CHATTOO
PAUL S. MASON
DAVID MUNRO
XANDRA CASTLETON
MARK DECENA
TERI HEYMAN
CRAIG MINASSIAN

Co-Executive Producer
ASHLEY R. SCALES

TV Portion Directed By
DAVID MUNRO

Co-Directed By
DANIEL MARRACINO

Director of Photography
DANIEL MARRACINO

Hosted By
HASAN MINHAJ

Transmedia Executive Producers & Directors
WENDY HANAMURA
CATY BORUM CHATTOO

Created By
DAVID MUNRO
XANDRA CASTLETON

Edited By
CHRIS PERKEL

Director of Photography
DANIEL MARRACINO

Original Music By
GRAHAM REYNOLDS

CAST

Special Appearances By
BILL COSBY
NORMAN LEAR
CARL REINER

Comedians
HASAN MINHAJ
ADITI MITTAL
MPHO “POPPS” MODIKOANE
JAMES ADOMIAN
MICHELLE BUTEAU
NATE BARGATZE
TANMAY BHAT
LOYISO GOLA
KAGISO LEDIGA
JOHN VLISMAS