Raju Srivastav (born Satya Prakash Srivastav on 25 December 1963), often credited as Gajodhar or Raju Shrivastav, is an Indian comedian. His father Ramesh Chandra Srivastav, known as Balai Kaka, was a poet from Kanpur. Srivastav pursued the dream of becoming a comedian since childhood. In his school time, he used to imitate his teachers.
He landed in Mumbai where he did small roles in a number of movies. Srivastav has done stage shows in India and abroad. He also launched a series of his audio cassettes and video CDs. He appeared on the comedy talent show The Great Indian Laughter Challenge. He finished as second runner-up and then took part in the spin-off, The Great Indian Laughter Challenge - Champions, in which he won the title of "The King of Comedy". Srivastav was a participant on season 3 of Bigg Boss. He has participated in the comedy show Comedy Ka Maha Muqabla. Uttar Pradesh Ex-Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav's Samajwadi Party fielded Srivastav from Kanpur in the 2014 Lok Sabha election. But on 11 March 2014, Srivastav returned the ticket, saying he was not getting enough support from the local units of the party. After that he joined Bhartiya Janta Party on 19 March 2014. He is married and has two children.
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