Aasif Mandvi

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Aasif Mandvi
Mandvi in 2016
Aasif Hakim Mandviwala

(1966-03-05) March 5, 1966 (age 58)
Mumbai, India
EducationUniversity of South Florida
  • Actor
  • comedian
  • writer
Years active1988–present
  • Shaifali Puri
    (m. 2017)

Aasif Hakim Mandviwala (born March 5, 1966), known professionally as Aasif Mandvi (/ˈɑːsɪf ˈmɑːndvi/, AH-sif MAHND-vee), is a British-American actor, comedian and author. He was a correspondent on The Daily Show from 2006 to 2017.[1] Mandvi's other television work includes the HBO comedy series The Brink and the CBS/Paramount+ psychological drama Evil. His film roles include playing Mr. Aziz in Spider-Man 2 and Commander Zhao in The Last Airbender. His stage work includes appearing on Broadway as Ali Hakim in Oklahoma! and in productions of Disgraced (2012), which won the Pulitzer Prize in 2013.

Early life[edit]

Mandvi was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India,[2] to a Dawoodi Bohra[3] Muslim family.[4] His family moved to England, when he was a year old, settling in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford. His father, Hakim, who had originally come to work in textiles research at Bradford University,[5] later ran a corner shop. His mother, Fatima, was a nurse.[6][7] Mandvi attended the independent Woodhouse Grove School, and he identifies as a "working-class kid from Bradford".[6]

In the early 80s, his father grew frustrated with Margaret Thatcher's administration and moved his family to Tampa, Florida, United States when Mandvi was 16.[6] He attended Chamberlain High School.[8]



After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in theatre,[9] Mandvi worked as a performer at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort.[4] 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 one-man show Sakina's Restaurant.[10]

On Broadway, Mandvi appeared as Ali Hakim in the 2002 production of Oklahoma! directed by Trevor Nunn.[11] 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 Lincoln Center's Claire Tow Theater. 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 won the 2013 Pulitzer Prize for Drama.[12] Mandvi was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for his performance.[13]


Mandvi made his television debut as a doorman at the Miami Biltmore Hotel in the episode "Line of Fire" of the series Miami Vice. He has appeared in television shows including 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.[4] 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.[14]

In October 2013, during a segment on The Daily Show, Mandvi interviewed Don Yelton of the North Carolina Republican Party office. Comments Yelton made then resulted in his resigning after the interview was aired.[15]

Beginning in June 2015, Mandvi portrayed Rafiq Massoud in the HBO comedy series The Brink. In April 2015, Mandvi appeared on Person of Interest as Sulaiman Khan, the CEO of a software security firm. He was the lead actor, co-writer and producer of the web series Halal in the Family, which premiered on Funny or Die in 2015.

In 2016, Mandvi joined the climate change documentary show Years of Living Dangerously as one of its celebrity correspondents.[16]

Beginning in 2017, Mandvi appeared in three episodes of the Netflix series A Series of Unfortunate Events as Montgomery "Uncle Monty" Montgomery,[17] a herpetologist and distant relative of the Baudelaire children.

In 2019, Mandvi was cast in the Robert and Michelle King supernatural drama series Evil on CBS as Ben Shakir, a carpenter who works as a technical expert, equipment handler and debunker of supernatural phenomena.[18][19]


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 at the 2010 San Francisco International Asian American Film Festival.

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.[20] 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.[21] 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.[22] 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 and portrayed Ash Vasudevan in the 2014 film Million Dollar Arm.

Personal life[edit]

On August 27, 2017, Mandvi married his girlfriend of three years, Shaifali Puri, an author and humanitarian, at The Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA.[23][24] They have one son.[25]

Mandvi has been diagnosed with chronic tinnitus.[26]

In June 2019, he was awarded an Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree by the Macaulay Honors College after delivering the commencement speech that year.[27]

Charity work and advocacy[edit]

Mandvi is involved with disaster-relief organizations such as 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.[28] 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.[citation needed] He is also a supporter of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.[29][30][31]




Year Film Role Notes
1990 No Retreat, No Surrender 3: Blood Brothers Terrorist
1995 Die Hard with a Vengeance Arab Cabbie
1996 Eddie Mohammed
1998 The Siege Khalil Saleh
1999 Hook'd Up Indian Guy
Analyze This Dr. Shulman
Gofer Gorby
Random Hearts Electronics Store Salesman
ABCD Ashok
2001 3 A.M. Singh
American Chai Engineering Sam
Peroxide Passion Beaumond
2002 The Mystic Masseur Ganesh Ramsumair
Book of Kings Dr. Mitra Short film
2003 Undermind Shark/Roger
2004 Spider-Man 2 Mr. Aziz
2005 Sorry, Haters Hassan
The War Within Abdul
2006 Freedomland Dr. Anil Chatterjee
2007 Music and Lyrics Khan
2008 Eavesdrop Don
Pretty Bird Ted the Banker
The Understudy Sarfras
Ghost Town Dr. Prashar
2009 The Proposal Bob Spaulding
Today's Special Samir Also screenwriter
2010 It's Kind of a Funny Story Dr. Mahmoud
The Last Airbender Commander Zhao
2011 Margin Call Ramesh Shah
Dark Horse Mahmoud
2012 Premium Rush Raj
The Dictator Doctor
Ruby Sparks Cyrus Modi
2013 Movie 43 Robert Segment "iBabe"
The Internship Mr. Roger Chetty
Gods Behaving Badly Maxwell
2014 Million Dollar Arm Ash Vasudevan
Lennon or McCartney Himself Short documentary film; interview clip[32]
2016 Mother's Day Russell
Undecided: The Movie Roger Ayeels
2019 Drunk Parents Nigel
Human Capital Godeep
2022 Crush Coach Murray
Paws of Fury: The Legend of Hank Ichiro (voice)
2023 The Magician's Elephant The King (voice)


Year Show Role Notes
1988 Miami Vice Doorman Episode: "Line of Fire"
1995 New York Undercover Omar Episode: "The Smoking Section"
The Cosby Mysteries Cabbie Episode: "Big Brother Is Watching"
1995–1998 Law & Order Peanut Vendor / Gulab Singh / Technician / Khan 4 episodes
1996 Jake's Women Driver Television film
Nash Bridges Aziz Kadim Episode: "Trackdown"
1998 Dellaventura Aasif Episode: "The Human Factor"
2000 Welcome to New York Doorman Episode: "Jim Gets an Apartment"
Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Professor Husseini Episode: "Honor"
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dr. Leever Episode: "Anonymous"
2001 Sex and the City Dmitri Episode: "My Motherboard, My Self"
2002 Oz Dr. Faraj 2 episodes
2003 Ed Buyer Episode: "Goodbye Stuckeyville"
2004 Law & Order: Criminal Intent Sateesh Episode: "Inert Dwarf"
Tanner on Tanner Salim Barik 4 episodes
2006 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Judge Samir Patel Episode: "Bang & Blame, Baby Boom"
The Sopranos Dr. Abu Bilal Episode: "Kaisha"
Sleeper Cell Khalid Episode: "Al-Baqara"
2006–2007 ER Manish 3 episodes
2006–2008 Jericho Dr. Kenchy Dhuwalia 8 episodes
2006–2015 The Daily Show Himself 188 episodes
2010 King of the Hill Mike Patel (voice) Episode: "When Joseph Met Lori, and Made Out with Her in the Janitor's Closet"
2011 Curb Your Enthusiasm Man in Elevator Episode: "Larry vs. Michael J. Fox"
2014 Us & Them Dave Coaches Episode: "Crunch & Brunch"
2015 Madam Secretary Prince Yousif Obaid Episode: "Chains of Command"
Person of Interest Suleiman Khan Episode: "Search and Destroy"
The Brink Rafiq Massoud 10 episodes; also producer and writer[33][34]
Halal in the Family Aasif Qu'osby Web series
Jake and the Never Land Pirates Pirate Pharaoh (voice) 3 episodes
2016–2019 Elena of Avalor King Raja (voice) 2 episodes
2016 Another Period Parshwall Episode: "The Prince and the Pauper"
2017 Younger Jay Malick 4 episodes
Shut Eye Pazhani "Paz" Kapoor 6 episodes
National Geographic Explorer Host Season 10 Episode 2
The Problem with Apu Himself Documentary film
2017–2018 A Series of Unfortunate Events Dr. Montgomery Montgomery (Uncle Monty) 3 episodes
2018 Explained Narrator (voice) Episode: "Cricket, explained"
2018–2020 Blue Bloods Samar "Sam" Chatwal Recurring, season 9
2019–present Evil Ben Shakir Main cast
2019 This Way Up Vish Main cast
Ghostwriter Bagheera (voice) 2 episodes
Room 104 Eugene Hill Episode: "The Specimen Collector"
2020 The Boss Baby: Back in Business OCB Corporate Consultant (voice) Season 4: Episodes 6 & 10 - 12
2020–2022 Mira, Royal Detective Sahil (voice) 18 episodes
2021 Archer Cornelius Varma (voice) Episode: "London Time"
2022 Would I Lie to You? (USA) Host


Year Film Notes
2009 Today's Special



Year Title Role Notes
1993 Suburbia Norman Chaudry
1995 Death Defying Acts Delivery Boy In one-act "Hotline"
1997 Crosscurrents Paul
1998 Sakina's Restaurant One man play
2002 Oklahoma! Ali Hakim Revival
2012 Disgraced Amir Kapoor Lincoln Center/LCT3


Year Title Notes
1998 Sakina's Restaurant

Radio drama/podcast[edit]


Year Title Role Notes
2021 Marvel's Wastelanders: Star-Lord Rattlesnake Pete

Published works[edit]

  • Mandvi, Aasif (2014). No Land's Man. Chronicle Books. ISBN 978-1452107912. The book has been adapted for the American-Indian-Bangladeshi film No Land's Man directed by Mostofa Sarwar Farooki.[35][36]


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  2. ^ Kilachand, Tara (May 31, 2008). "In the US, they say Indians are always laughing". Livemint. Archived from the original on July 2, 2008. Retrieved November 7, 2008.
  3. ^ "'Interview with The Last Airbender's Aasif Mandvi: Part II'". Archived from the original on April 13, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
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  5. ^ "NPR Media Player". npr.org. Archived from the original on May 5, 2015. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
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  7. ^ Deggans, Eric (May 31, 2008). "For Aasif Mandvi, cultural irreverence on 'The Daily Show'". Tampa Bay Times. Archived from the original on September 3, 2014. Retrieved June 28, 2014.
  8. ^ Chamberlain High School Totem Yearbook. Tampa, Florida. 1984. p. 178.{{cite book}}: CS1 maint: location missing publisher (link)
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  10. ^ "25 NEW FACES OF INDEPENDENT FILM". Filmmaker Magazine. 2008. Archived from the original on March 5, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2008.
  11. ^ Horwitz, Simi (March 29, 2002). "Aasif Mandvi: Giving Broadway a Persian Hello". Backstage. Archived from the original on January 7, 2009. Retrieved November 7, 2008.
  12. ^ "Ayad Akhtar's 'Disgraced,' play about a dinner party gone awry, wins Pulitzer Prize for drama". Washington Post. Associated Press. April 16, 2013. Archived from the original on July 13, 2019.
  13. ^ "2013 Nominees - The Lucille Lortel Awards". The Lucille Lortel Awards. Archived from the original on February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie. "Aasif Mandvi & Michael Ian Black Join New Fox Series 'Us & Them'". Deadline. Archived from the original on August 26, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2013.
  15. ^ Farley, Christopher John (October 26, 2013). "GOP's Don Yelton Resigns After 'Lazy Blacks' Remark on 'Daily Show'". Wall Street Journal. Archived from the original on November 11, 2020. Retrieved March 5, 2017.
  16. ^ "Critically Acclaimed Climate Change Series "Years of Living Dangerously" Comes to Nat Geo". Archived from the original on May 13, 2016. Retrieved June 17, 2016.
  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (March 18, 2016). "Aasif Mandvi Cast In Netflix's 'A Series Of Unfortunate Events' & USA's 'Mr. Robot'". deadline.com. Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on March 20, 2016. Retrieved February 15, 2017.
  18. ^ Chaney, Jen (September 26, 2019). "Evil Is Smart, Scary, and Philosophical". Vulture. Vox Media, Inc. Archived from the original on March 6, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  19. ^ "'The Show Has Gone In Such Unexpected Places': Aasif Mandvi On CBS's 'Evil'". CBS Boston. CBS Broadcasting Inc. January 30, 2020. Archived from the original on February 7, 2020. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  20. ^ Priyanka Boghani (November 12, 2009). "New York City's Indian Film Festival: MIAAC". Huffington Post. Archived from the original on April 12, 2012. Retrieved November 10, 2009.
  21. ^ Sciretta, Peter (November 30, 2009). "Ryan Fleck's It's Kind of a Funny Story Begins Production". Archived from the original on March 6, 2010. Retrieved June 12, 2010.
  22. ^ "New role for 'Daily Show' reporter". MLive. May 9, 2009. Archived from the original on October 4, 2012.
  23. ^ "The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi's Multicultural Wedding in Atlanta". brides. Archived from the original on May 17, 2019. Retrieved May 17, 2019.
  24. ^ Jordan, Julie. "The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi Is Married". People. Archived from the original on March 27, 2018. Retrieved March 27, 2018.
  25. ^ Boucher, Ashley. "Evil Star Aasif Mandvi and Wife Shaifali Puri Welcome Son". People. Archived from the original on April 14, 2021. Retrieved March 31, 2021.
  26. ^ "Getting out of my own head". Meditative Story. Archived from the original on February 26, 2021. Retrieved February 14, 2021.
  27. ^ "Class Of 2019 Commencement Ceremonies Feature Hillary Clinton, Rep. John Lewis, N.Y. Attorney General Letitia James And Chancellor Félix Matos Rodríguez as Keynote Speakers". CUNY Newswire. Archived from the original on August 2, 2019. Retrieved June 11, 2019.
  28. ^ Fuerstenberg, Brittany. "Aasif Mandvi: Comic Relief for Pakistan". MSNBC. Archived from the original on January 19, 2024. Retrieved September 26, 2011.
  29. ^ "Endometriosis Foundation of America: Celebrity Supporters". Look to the Stars. Archived from the original on April 20, 2020. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  30. ^ "Blossom Ball 2011". Endometriosis Foundation of America. January 31, 2018. Archived from the original on September 27, 2020. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  31. ^ "Comedian Aasif Mandvi attends the Endometriosis Foundation of..." Getty Images. Archived from the original on June 10, 2022. Retrieved May 16, 2019.
  32. ^ Falkner, Scott (December 22, 2014). "Lennon or McCartney? New Documentary Asks 550 Celebrities Their Preference — See Their Answers". Inquisitr. Archived from the original on November 12, 2016. Retrieved November 11, 2016.
  33. ^ "Aasif Mandvi Will Write, Co-Produce and Co-Star in HBO Series "The Brink"". Playbill. Archived from the original on June 6, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  34. ^ Nellie Andreeva (November 23, 2013). "Aasif Mandvi Joins HBO Pilot 'The Brink'; Katherine LaNasa In USA's Sean Jablonski - Deadline". Deadline. Archived from the original on June 9, 2014. Retrieved September 2, 2015.
  35. ^ The Hitlist Team (June 12, 2020). "AR Rahman to co-produce Nawazuddin Siddiqui's film, No Land's Man". Mid-Day. Mumbai: Mid-Day Infomedia, Jagran Prakashan Limited. Archived from the original on August 23, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.
  36. ^ Philipose, Rahel (April 5, 2019). "Nawazuddin to star in film version of novel 'No Land's Man'". Inshorts. Archived from the original on October 29, 2020. Retrieved October 29, 2020.

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