Sikh stand-up comedian earns Seinfeld comparison

He joked that his turban was an amplifier that improved his hearing. Or he wore it to disguise that, as a Sikh man who should never cut his hair as a religious tradition, he was bald.

“I took advantage of my turban,” Bhan said, sitting with wife Veena in their Canton home.

Bhan was born in India and brought his sense of humor with him when he came to America in 1960. He couldn’t get used to driving on the right side of the road because, in his homeland, motorists drove on the left.

“So I started driving in the middle of the road,” he said, smiling.

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Bali Performs In New Delhi

an win’s first place! click image to read article



Upcoming Performance in NYC 8/8/09


Sikh Coalition Gala

Saturday, August 8, 2009 at 7 pm
Gotham Hall 1356 Broadway at 36th St. New York, NY 10018

please buy your tickets here and support an important organization that is helping Sikhs in The United States


2009 Civil Rights Awards Gala


This photo was taken at the SALDEF 2009 Civil Rights Awards Gala


Attention Los Angeles!

Bali Bhan will be performing at the

2009 Civil Rights Awards Gala

Saturday May 2, 2009
6:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Sheraton Hotel Cerritos
12725 Center Court Drive
Cerritos, CA 90703

Purchase Tickets Here 

The Gala is an annual event where SALDEF celebrates its civil rights accomplishments over the past year and recognizes individuals, from both within and outside of the Sikh American community, who have championed the cause of civil rights for all Americans.

For more information, contact SALDEF at




Attention Michigan!

Upcoming Bali Bhan Performances:

March 9th @ Joey’s Comedy Club 

36071 Plymouth Rd
Livonia, MI 48150
(734) 237-1085


March 29th – Threat Level Funny Comedy Show @ All Star Comedy Club


All Star Comedy Club
4200 Allen Rd.
Allen Park, MI 48101

Please Invite Family and Friends to Join

Contact Info For Bali Bhan  734-735-6961 or


Attention Orlando!

Bali Bhan will be performing at

LOHRI Celebration by Sikh Youth of Orlando

Friday, January 23, 6:00 PM

George D. Perkins Civic Center at Eastmonte Park
830 Magnolia Drive, Altamonte Springs, FL 32701


| $20 for Adults | $10 for Children from 7-12 | FREE for Kids under 6 yrs |

PRICES will go UP at the DOOR $25/$15 (if tickets available)

To Purchase Tickets Call (numbers below) or buy at Oviedo Gurdwara Sunday.

Raj (407) 924-7150
Charanjeet (407) 992 9961
Jatinder (407) 384 6943
Rupa (407) 617 7536
Neelu (407) 666 1546


Attention DC!

2008 Annual Fundraising Banquet

Please join with friends and family to support SALDEF

in defending the rights of Sikh Americans

Featuring Special Guest Performer

Bali Bhan – The Sikh Standup Comedian

Sunday, December 14, 2008

5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Four Points Sheraton

1201 K Street NW

Washington DC 20005

(Free street parking available)

SPONSORSHIP and TICKET Information Contact:

Rajbir Singh Datta at 202-393-2700 ext 127 or at


Times Of India Article

Sikh comedian has the US in splits

CHANDIGARH: If it’s Sody Singh Kahlon who is regaling audiences with his comedies in Britain, the US too has been conquered by a Sikh comedian – Iqbal Singh Bhan.

Perhaps the only Sikh stand-up comedian in the US, 68-year-old Bhan aka Bali Bhan has performed shows at New York’s Times Square, the Laugh Factory, Comedy and other prestigious venues.

“I am quite serious about this new-found career,” said Bhan, who made forays into the entertainment industry after his recent retirement from the corporate world.

“I don’t like to hurt anyone with my jokes, and I definitely don’t do Sardar jokes,” added Bhan, who was in India on a personal tour.

When asked at one of his gigs if he uses any four-letter word (the mainstay of many stand-up comedians), Bali’s reply was, “Yup, F.O.R.K. fork. Do you want to know another?!” But by far the question he is asked most is about his turban – the reason behind wearing it.
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Sardar Seinfeld

Bali Bhan

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His Sikh fans call him Sardar Seinfeld.

I suppose there are a few similarities – both men come from immigrant families, both made their starts in New York City, and both love to make people laugh. But, while Jerry Seinfeld started his career as a stand-up comedian fresh out of college at age twenty-two, sixty-eight-year-old Sardar Iqbal Singh Bhan – “Bali” Bhan is his stage name! – is beginning his as a newly retired engineer.

“I can get the best out of other people”, Bali says. “Whenever I talk, people laugh and they enjoy”.

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