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Rafi Bastos

Rafi Bastos is a comedian who has carved out a permanent place in the American stand-up scene with his witty, intelligent, and relatable humor. He is a frequent guest at legendary clubs such as the Comedy Cellar in New York, the Laugh Factory, and the Hollywood Improv in Los Angeles. Additionally, he was the first Brazilian to headline the prestigious Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Bastos has three Netflix Specials, has appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, and has acted in multiple films and series.

Rafi Bastos’ career began over 17 years ago in his home country of Brazil, where he became one of the most well-known comedians in the country. He was a pioneer in several aspects: not only did he introduce the American stand-up comedy style to Brazil, but he is also the co-founder of Comedians, the largest comedy club in South America. Furthermore, he created controversy by challenging the strict freedom of speech laws in Brazil. When he had achieved all there was to achieve in South America, he made the leap to the United States.

There, he rapidly gained fame, partly due to his extensive reach on social media. As early as 2011, he was declared the most influential man on Twitter by The New York Times, with 7 million followers at the time (now over 11 million). In 2013, he won a Shorty Award, often referred to as the Oscar of Social Media. He now has over 370 million views on YouTube alone, and his stand-up clips filmed at the Comedy Cellar go viral on all social media platforms.