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Going On A TanGent

Rajiv Satyal is an American comedian. He is the first person ever to perform standup comedy on all seven continents.

Rajiv Satyal was born in Hamilton, Ohio. He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in materials engineering from the University of Cincinnati in 2000.During college, he interned on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC, for Rep. Steve Chabot. Satyal did two co-op terms at Wright Patterson Air Force Base in Dayton, Ohio.

Then he got a real job, working for Proctor&Gamble in Cincinnati. Satyal co-led branded entertainment strategy for all brands in North America for Procter & Gamble, the world’s largest advertiser. While at P&G, Satyal created content for Home Made Simple, a site visited by 15 million people per month. He was named P&G’s Funniest Employee in 2005.Satyal performed stand-up routines at corporate events.In 2006 Satyal left P&G and moved to Los Angeles. We’re not sure what this says about P&G, but Rajiv is the third comedian to come out of the Cincinnati offices of Procter & Gamble.

Satyal’s TV-clean act resonates with Middle America. Satyal did not do any ethnic humor at all during his first few years.

It was Pete Sampras, then World No. 1 men’s tennis player, who told Satyal to start doing Indian jokes.[20] Satyal has described his performance style as alternatingly self-aggrandizing and self-deprecating.[16] “I feel like growing up in Ohio, it made me kind of more of an everyman being able to relate to people in the heartland of the country. I think people on the coast have their own sensibility, but it’s hard to know what works inland. A lot of comedians are like hurricanes; they knock it out on the coast, but when they come inland they die.”[2] The actress Eva Longoria once told Satyal she thought he was “hilarious”.

Satyal opened for the Indian prime minister Narendra Modi in front of 17,000 people in San Jose, California.

He hosts a podcast entitled, The TanGent Show, formerly known as The Funny Indian Show. He has interviewed Deepak Chopra, Kevin Nealon, Seth Godin, Russell Peters, Kumail Nanjiani and others.

But one of his funnies bits turned out to be the minutes he spent with us on The Approach Shot.


You Got To Be A Football Hero

Well, you don’t have to be, but it couldn’t hurt. Look what its done for TJ Eckert.

After high school, he went to the University of Central Oklahoma where he played football; quarterback. Where else would you play a guy with that face? He was born to play quarterback. And then, with a final year of eligibility he joined the UCO Golf team.but learned as a golfer, he’s a great quarterback. It’s refreshing to know that good athletes often play golf just like the rest of us.

TJ graduated with a degree in media and strategic communication and a face for Television

TJ is currently the Sports Director for Tulsa’s Channel 8


Merrick Rosenberg Knows You

Merrick Rosenberg is a keynote speaker and thought leader on personality styles and team development. He co-founded Team Builders Plus in 1991 and Take Flight Learning in 2012. He is the author The Chameleon and co-author of Taking Flight!.

Merrick has taught more than 100,000 people how to incorporate the personality styles in their work and lives. The DISC training program that Merrick designed, Taking Flight with DISC was recognized as the Best Personality Styles Training Program in the United States by Corporate Vision Magazine.

As CEO of Take Flight Learning, he led his organization to be selected by the Philadelphia Business Journal as one of the Fastest Growing Companies and Best Places to Work in the Philadelphia area. Under his leadership, his company was selected as the New Jersey Business of the Year by NJ Biz magazine. He received his MBA specializing in Organizational Development from Drexel University who selected him as the Alumni Entrepreneur of the Year.

He has worked with people at all levels, from line staff to senior managers at more than half of the Fortune 100 companies in the US and around the world. He has worked with small and large organizations in a variety of industries: AAA, Adidas, Alstom Power, Aramark, Bank of America, Blue, Cross Blue Shield, Campbell Soup Company, Colgate Palmolive Comcast, ExxonMobil, Ford Motor Company, General Electric, GlaxoSmithKline, Hewlett-Packard, InterContinental Hotels Group, Johnson & Johnson, L’Oreal, Lockheed Martin, Lufthansa, Nabisco, NBCUniversal, Nestle Purina, Novartis, PECO Energy, Pepsi, Philadelphia Eagles, Reliance Standard Life, Roche, Samaritan Hospice, Temple University, UnitedHealthcare, and Verizon. Merrick has also worked with government agencies, such as the Environmental Protection Agency, Interpol, Social Security Administration, US Forest Service, as well as the US Army, Navy, Air Force and Marines.

And now, added to all of this, his appearance on The Approach Shot Podcast