Kasha Patel
Birth nameKasha Patel
BornFairmont, West Virginia, U.S.
  • Stand-up
  • podcasting
Alma materWake Forest University (BA)
Boston University
Years active2014–present
WebsiteOfficial website

Kasha Patel (born July 18) is an American science writer,[1] stand-up comedian,[2] voice artist, and podcaster.[3] She currently works as the deputy weather editor for the Washington Post.[4] She has produced the only regularly-recurring science comedy shows in the United States since 2014.[5] Before her time at the Washington Post, she was known as a digital storyteller for the NASA Earth Observatory.[6][7]

Early life

Kasha Patel was born in Fairmont, West Virginia.[8] She is of Indian descent. Patel graduated from high school in 2008. In 2012, Patel obtained a bachelor's degree in chemistry from Wake Forest University.[9] Before starting her comedy career, she also attended Boston University to study science journalism.[10]


Patel's comedy career began in 2014. She moved to Washington, District of Columbia in 2013.

In 2015, Patel published a study of the citizen science effort Aurorasaurus St. Patrick's Day Storm.[11]

Patel performed at the 2018 American Association for the Advancement of Science conference where she also presented several topics for NASA.[12] In 2018, Patel was featured as one of the top undiscovered comedians in the US.[2]

Patel has also discussed her synthesis of science and comedy during a TEDx Tysons event.[13]


  1. ^ "Kasha Patel: A Comic Walks Into Goddard..." NASA. September 26, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  2. ^ a b "The Best Undiscovered Comedian from Every State". Thrillist. October 24, 2018. Archived from the original on November 6, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  3. ^ "Our monthly audio exploration of science and society, with Kasha Patel, David Corcoran, and Michael Schulson". Undark Magazine. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  4. ^ "Kasha Patel Joins Capital Weather Gangs Deputy Weather Editor". Washington Post. July 9, 2021. Retrieved July 15, 2021.
  5. ^ "DC Science Comedy". Kasha Patel. August 10, 2014. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  6. ^ "Search the Earth Observatory". NASA. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  7. ^ "Comedian Kasha Patel studies the science of laughter on her D.C. Dream Day". Washington Post. Retrieved February 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "A defining moment". Times West Virginia. July 17, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  9. ^ "NASA writer by day, stand-up comic by night — looking outside the box". Wake Forest Magazine. January 26, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  10. ^ Lazzaro, Jakob (17 August 2017). "Dork Side of the Moon finds the funny in Monday's solar eclipse".
  11. ^ "Aurorasaurus and the St Patrick's Day storm". Astronomy & Geophysics. June 1, 2015. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  12. ^ "BBC World Interviews NASA journalist / science comedienne". BBC World News. February 19, 2018. Retrieved November 17, 2018.
  13. ^ "Sneaking Science into Stand-Up". Tedx Talks. January 30, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2019.