Aasif Mandvi is a Peabody award winning actor, writer, creator, comedian, author and producer. Widely known for his work as a correspondent on the multi Emmy-winning, The Daily Show With Jon Stewart, Mandvi made his roots in New York theater under the tutelage of the pre-eminent acting teacher, Wynn Handman, with whom he was able to develop and create his critically acclaimed one-man show, Sakina’s Restaurant, which made it’s premiere at the American Place Theater, earning him an Obie Award. Mandvi also received rave reviews for originating the role of ‘Amir Kapoor’ in the world premiere of Ayad Aktahr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, Disgraced, at Lincoln Center. Other stage credits include the Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA and SUBURBIA.
In feature film, Mandvi can next be seen alongside Alec Baldwin and Salma Hayek in the feature film, Drunk Parents and starred opposite Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts in the Garry Marshall feature, Mother’s Day.
Mandvi co-starred opposite Jon Hamm in Million Dollar Arm, and had supporting roles in The Internship, with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, Movie 43, The Dictator with Sacha Baron Cohen, Dark Horse for Todd Solondz, Ruby Sparks, (from the creators of Little Miss Sunshine), Gods Behaving Badly, and Premium Rush. He is currently shooting the independent feature film, A Kid Like Jake. He co-wrote and starred in Today’s Special, which premiered at the London Film Festival and won the audience award at The Palm Springs Film Festival. Additional film credits include leads in THE LAST AIRBENDER and THE MYSTIC MASSEUR, and supporting roles in IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, THE PROPOSAL, GHOST TOWN, MUSIC AND LYRICS, SPIDER-MAN 2, FREEDOMLAND, ANALYZE THIS, MARGIN CALL, and THE SIEGE.
Mandvi has a recurring role in Netflix’s A Series of Unfortunate Events and was recently a host on National Geographic’s YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY, which addressed climate change and wrote, produced, and starred in the HBO series, THE BRINK, co-starring opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins.
Mandvi is currently developing a series entitled Fatwa, for Showtime, for which he will create and also star, and has a lead in the Jonathan Ames’ pilot World’s End for TBS.
Mandvi also co-created and starred in the Peabody Award winning web-series, Halal in the Family produced by Sweet 180 Productions, which garnered over 500 Million Media Impressions within days upon launch and addressed, through parody and satire, Islamophobia. Halal is now being developed at TBS as an animated series.
Mandvi is also the author of a collection of personal stories, entitled No Land’s Man, from Chronicle Books.