Archive for February, 2008


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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NY Comedy Club


The Improv, Dallas TX


Performance at Laugh Factory NYC