American Hasi (Hindi for “American laughter”) follows stand-up comedian Tushar Singh and his number one fan—his mom—on a 35-day comedy tour across six cities in India as he hits stages with dark, self-deprecating stand-up material.
Born and raised “the chubby brown kid” in Alabama with deeply traditional Hindu parents set Tushar up for a life of never quite fitting in. After losing his job for making disparaging remarks about his company’s HR manager on the company-wide Skype chatroom, Tushar decides he’s had enough of his double life—working a mundane daytime job and doing comedy at night—and decides to embark on the tour, clinging to hopes that he can fast track his way to a full-time comedy career in an emerging scene where audiences will “get him” better than Americans.
In India, Tushar interacts with foreign audiences for the first time; gets life-changing advice from Bill Burr, Russell Peters, and Vir Das; and attempts to reconcile his career goals and creative identity with his family’s sacrifices and conservative upbringing. 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.
Tushar has connections to West Windsor through his sister Preeti and her family. Join us for an exclusive screening and live Q&A with Tushar and Director/Film Editor Laura Asherman.
This event will be held via Vimeo and Zoom. Once you have registered, links and passwords will be sent, providing access to both the Vimeo link to view the film and for the Zoom Q&A.
February 27 schedule
Starting at 12:00 noon, access to view the film is available:
Vimeo link will be valid for a 24 hour period from 12:00 noon to 12:00 noon the following day. Watch at your convenience. Please note: This film is for mature audiences only. Not recommended for anyone under the age of 17.
8:00 pm, join the Q&A:
Zoom link will allow you to join the live Q&A with Tushar Singh and Lauren Asherman (Director).
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