Aasif Mandvi

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Aasif Mandvi
Aasif Mandvi crop.jpg
Mandvi in November 2007
BornAsif Hakim Mandviwala
(1966-03-05) March 5, 1966 (age 48)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Years active1995–present
Official website
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Aasif Mandvi
Aasif Mandvi crop.jpg
Mandvi in November 2007
BornAsif Hakim Mandviwala
(1966-03-05) March 5, 1966 (age 48)
Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
OccupationActor, comedian, writer
Years active1995–present
Official website

Aasif Hakim Mandviwala[1] (born March 5, 1966), known professionally as Aasif Mandvi (/ˈɑːsɨf ˈmɑːndv/, AH-sif MAHND-vee) is an Indian-American actor and comedian. He began appearing as an occasional contributing correspondent on The Daily Show on August 9, 2006. On March 12, 2007, he was promoted to a regular correspondent.[2]

Early life[edit]

Mandvi was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India,[3] to a Dawoodi Bohra[4] Muslim family.[1] His family moved to Bradford, England, when he was a year old, where his father, Hakim, had originally come to work in textiles research at Bradford University[5] but later went to run a corner shop, and his mother, Fatima, was a nurse.[6][7] Although Mandvi identifies himself as a "working-class kid from Bradford", he attended the independent Woodhouse Grove School.[6] His father grew frustrated with Margaret Thatcher's Britain and moved his family to Tampa, Florida, when Mandvi was 16.[6]



After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Theatre,[8] Mandvi worked as a performer at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.[1] He later moved to New York City where he began appearing in off-Broadway productions. During this time he was active in the band Cowboys and Indian. He won an Obie Award for his critically acclaimed one-man show Sakina's Restaurant.[9]

On Broadway, Mandvi appeared as Ali Hakim in the 2002 revival of Oklahoma! directed by Trevor Nunn.[10] He also appeared in the play Homebody/Kabul by Tony Kushner. He portrayed Fritz Haber in the off-Broadway play Einstein's Gift.

Mandvi played Melchior in On the Razzle by Tom Stoppard at the Williamstown Theatre Festival and appeared in the docudrama Guantanamo: Honor Bound to Defend Freedom at the Culture Project. In 2012 Mandvi starred in Disgraced at the Clare Tow Theater at Lincoln Center. He played the lead role of Amir, a Pakistani American lawyer struggling with his identity and Islam in the drama by Ayad Akhtar. The play went on to win the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[11]


Mandvi made his television debut as a doorman at the Biltmore Hotel in the episode "Line of Fire" of the series Miami Vice. He has since appeared in numerous television shows: ER, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, CSI, Oz, Ed, The Bedford Diaries, Jericho, Sleeper Cell and various editions of Law & Order, including Criminal Intent, Special Victims Unit and Trial by Jury. He was the book reader for audio editions of Salman Rushdie's Shalimar the Clown (2005) and V. S. Naipaul's Magic Seeds (2004). In 2011 he appeared in Taco Bell commercials.

In 2006, Mandvi auditioned for The Daily Show. He was hired immediately and appeared on the show the same day.[1] Mandvi became a regular correspondent in 2007. He often appears in segments satirizing and commenting on Islamic, Middle-Eastern, and South-Asian-related issues with such titles as "Senior Asian Correspondent," "Senior Middle East Correspondent," "Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent," and "Senior Muslim Correspondent."

In 2013, Mandvi was cast in a recurring role on the FOX romantic comedy, Us & Them.[12]

In October 2013, during a segment on The Daily Show, Aasif Mandvi's interview with Don Yelton led to Yelton's resignation from the North Carolina Republican Party office.

In November 2014, he appeared on the very popular The Dan Patrick Show. On the show he revealed the story from his book No Land's Man where his father moved his family to the U.S. because the U.S. has brunch.[13]


Mandvi played minor roles in the films The Siege and Die Hard with a Vengeance as well as the title role in Merchant Ivory Productions' film The Mystic Masseur. He had a major supporting role in the independent film American Chai, playing the lead character's roommate, "Engineering Sam." He played the doctor who diagnosed Paul Vitti's (Robert De Niro) panic attacks in Analyze This, and had a role as Mr. Aziz of "Joe's Pizza" in Spider-Man 2. He was also in commercials by Domino's Pizza and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). He played the tone deaf doorman Khan in Music and Lyrics.

Mandvi played a dentist alongside Ricky Gervais in the 2008 romantic comedy Ghost Town, as well as office employee Bob Spaulding in The Proposal, starring Sandra Bullock. Today's Special, which Mandvi co-wrote with Jonathan Bines, premiered at the London Film Festival in October 2009 and New York's Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council Film Festival on November 11, 2009.[14] He appeared in It's Kind of a Funny Story, a coming-of-age film written and directed by Anna Boden with Ryan Fleck, adapted from the 2006 novel by Ned Vizzini.[15] He also co-starred as a Guantanamo captive in the film The Response, a script based on the transcripts of Combatant Status Review Tribunals convened in Guantanamo in 2004.[16] In M. Night Shyamalan's The Last Airbender (released in 2010) he played a major role as Commander Zhao. Mandvi played the role of Mr Chetty in the 2013 comedy The Internship, which starred Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson, and portrayed Ash Vasudevan in the 2014 film Million Dollar Arm.

Charity work[edit]

Mandvi is involved with disaster-relief organizations like the charity initiative Relief 4 Pakistan, which assists in flood relief in Pakistan. In 2010 he hosted the "Stand Up for Religious Freedom" comedy event to raise money for the organization.[17] After the 2010 Haiti earthquake, he performed with fellow Daily Show correspondent Wyatt Cenac at Conan O'Brien's "I'm with Coco" Benefit for earthquake victims. He is also a supporter of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.




1990No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood BrothersTerrorist
1995Law & Order"Khan" Video Store EmployeeSeason 5 Episode 14: "Performance"
1995Die Hard with a VengeanceArab Cabbie
1996Nash BridgesAziz KadimTelevision Series
1998The SiegeKhalil Saleh
1999Hook'd UpIndian Guy
Analyze ThisDr. Shulman
Random HeartsElectronics Store Salesman
20013 A.M.Singh
2002American ChaiEngineering Sam
The Mystic MasseurGanesh
Book of KingsDr. Mitra
OzDr. Faraj
2004Spider-Man 2Mr. Aziz
2004Law & Order: Criminal IntentSateeshInert Dwarf
2005Sorry, HatersHassan
The War WithinAbdul
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryJudge Samir PatelBang & Blame
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryJudge Samir PatelBaby Boom
2006FreedomlandDr. Anil Chatterjee
2006The SopranosDr. Abu Bilal1 Episode
2006Sleeper CellKhalidTelevision series
2006–2008JerichoDr. Kenchy DhuwaliaTelevision series
2006–presentThe Daily ShowHimselfTelevision series
2007Music and LyricsKhan
2008Peroxide PassionBeaumond
The UnderstudySarfras
Ghost TownDr. Prashar
2009The ProposalBob Spaulding
Today's SpecialSamirAlso screenwriter
2010It's Kind of a Funny StoryDr. Mahmoud
The Last AirbenderCommander Zhao
2011Margin CallRamesh Shah
Dark HorseMahmoud
2012Premium RushRaj
The DictatorDoctor
Ruby SparksCyrus Modi
2013Movie 43RobertSegment "iBabe"
The InternshipMr. Chetty
2014Us & ThemDave CoachesTelevision Series
2014Million Dollar ArmAsh Vasudevan
2014-The BrinkRafiq MassoudTelevision series, also producer and writer[18][19]


2009Today's Special



1993SuburbiaNorman Chaudry
1995Death Defying ActsDelivery BoyIn one-act "Hotline"
1998Sakina's RestaurantOne man play
2002Oklahoma!Ali HakimRevival
2012DisgracedAmir KapoorLincoln Center/LCT3


1998Sakina's Restaurant
2014No Land's Man

Published works[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d Deggans, Eric (June 1, 2008). "For Aasif Mandvi, cultural irreverence on 'The Daily Show'". St. Petersburg Times. Archived from the original on December 14, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2008. 
  2. ^ "COMEDY CENTRAL'S "THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART" TAPS AASIF MANDVI TO JOIN THE "DAILY SHOW" NEWS TEAM AS A CORRESPONDENT" (Press release). Comedy Central. March 12, 2007. Retrieved November 7, 2008. 
  3. ^ Kilachand, Tara (May 31, 2008). "‘In the US, they say Indians are always laughing’". Livemint. Retrieved November 7, 2008. 
  4. ^ "‘Interview with The Last Airbender’s Aasif Mandvi: Part II’". 
  5. ^ http://www.npr.org/player/v2/mediaPlayer.html?action=1&t=1&islist=false&id=361026157&m=361190374
  6. ^ a b c Sarfraz Manzoor (June 7, 2009). "'I get to sit on the fence between cultures': Sarfraz Manzoor talks to Aasif Mandvi, the Daily Show's 'fake news' correspondent". The Guardian. 
  7. ^ Deggans, Eric (31 May 2008). "For Aasif Mandvi, cultural irreverence on 'The Daily Show'". Tampa Bay Times. Retrieved 28 June 2014. 
  8. ^ "‘Asif Mandvi – Biography’". IMDB. December 7, 2011. 
  9. ^ "25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM". Filmmaker Magazine. 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2008. 
  10. ^ Horwitz, Simi (March 29, 2002). "Aasif Mandvi: Giving Broadway a Persian Hello". Back Stage. Retrieved November 7, 2008. 
  11. ^ Associated Press (April 16, 2013). "Ayad Akhtar's ‘Disgraced,’ play about a dinner party gone awry, wins Pulitzer Prize for drama". Washington Post. 
  12. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Aasif Mandvi & Michael Ian Black Join New Fox Series ‘Us & Them’". Deadline. Retrieved August 28, 2013. 
  13. ^ Aasif Mandvi on The Dan Patrick Show (Full Interview) 11/14/2014 on YouTube
  14. ^ Priyanka Boghani (November 12, 2009). "New York City's Indian Film Festival: MIAAC". Huffington Post. Retrieved November 10, 2009. 
  15. ^ Sciretta, Peter (November 30, 2009). "Ryan Fleck's It's Kind of a Funny Story Begins Production". Archived from the original on June 12, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010. 
  16. ^ "New role for 'Daily Show' reporter". MLive. May 9, 2009. Archived from the original on September 5, 2009. 
  17. ^ Fuerstenberg, Brittany. "Aasif Mandvi: Comic Relief for Pakistan". MSNBC. Retrieved September 26, 2011. 
  18. ^ http://www.playbill.com/news/article/190014-Aasif-Mandvi-Will-Write-Co-Produce-and-Co-Star-in-HBO-Series-The-Brink
  19. ^ http://www.deadline.com/2013/11/aasif-mandvi-joins-hbo-pilot-the-brink-katherine-lanasa-in-usas-sean-jablonski/

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