As a senior engineer with Intel Corporation, Dan Nainan designed and presented highly technical demonstrations on stage with Intel Chairman, Andy Grove at high-profile events all over the world. He took a comedy class to help get over the fear of public speaking at these events, at which the audiences numbered in the thousands, or sometimes in the millions on television.
The final exam for the comedy class was a performance at the Punchline Comedy Club in San Francisco, a performance which was a resounding success. His Intel coworkers, upon viewing the videotape, invited him to perform at a team dinner for 200 employees at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Upon seeing that performance, the organizers of Intel`s annual sales conference asked Dan to perform for 2,500 salespeople from around the world. His dead-on impressions of Andy Grove and American presidents had the audience rolling in the aisles at 8 a.m. on a Monday morning. Many in the audience thought that he had been hired as a professional comedian, in what was only his third comedy performance ever. Dan was soon promoted as a Strategic Relations Manager for the East Coast, enabling him to move from Silicon Valley to New York City. Restless in his stationary new job and anxious to use his creative talents, he quit Intel to pursue standup comedy full time.
Dan was fortunate enough to be at the New York Improv when Canadian comic sensation Russell Peters was headlining. Dan asked to perform in the extra time he had available after Russells performance, because of which, Russell subsequently asked Dan to tour with him as his opening act.
Dan and Russell toured the world together, performing at theater shows for audiences averaging at least
2,000 per show. Dan both produced and performed in Russell`s show at the Apollo Theater in New York City.
Dan continues to tour with Russell Peters and the exposure has allowed him to headline his own shows. A 100%
clean comedian, Dan has performed at charity events, corporate functions, weddings, private parties,
colleges, casinos, cruise ships and at the top comedy clubs in the country. He has performed for celebrities like Hillary Clinton, CNNs Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Howard Dean, Tony Blair`s wife Cherie, and for many other celebrities. He has also performed with noted comedians such as Jerry Seinfeld, Bob Saget, Brad Garrett, Tim Conway and Garry Shandling.
Dan has performed all over the United States, as well as in Aruba, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Japan,
Malaysia, Mexico, the Netherlands, Scotland, Singapore,