I figure if people don't want to make the distinction between a Muslim and a terrorist, then why should I make a distinction between good scared white people and racists?

-Aasif Mandvi
Aasif Mandvi

I said we are Ghodratis and there's nothing that Ghodratis like more than a bargain.

Aasif Mandvi
If you don't acknowledge differences, it's as bad as stereotyping or reducing someone. Aasif Mandv
Aasif Mandvi

I think politicians and comedians have a lot in common. One is a group of approval-seeking narcissists who will say and do anything to be liked ... and comedians are always talking about politics.

Aasif Mandvi
Religion is so much more than the god you pray to. The religion that you associate with, it's culture, it is family, it is background. That is something that I have always grown up with.
Aasif Mandvi

There's no school that you can go to and learn how to be a "Daily Show" correspondent and how to interview people and, you know, essentially leave your soul outside the door and go in there and kind of, you know, destroy people's lives sometimes.

Aasif Mandvi
In order to change the conversation about Muslims in American media, we need a diverse, unified movement of people who are willing to take a stand against anti-Muslim bias.
Aasif Mandvi

There's this existential crisis in America and in the West of, like - who am I? - based on this searching for individual fulfillment, which you don't necessarily have in the East in the same way because you're kind of told what to do. I'm not saying one is better than the other, I'm just saying that's just, like, the reality.

Aasif Mandvi
The Daily Show writers are incredibly smart and very well plugged-in but occasionally they would need me for certain specific things, and I'd be like, 'Yeah, I completely know how to do that; I can solve that problem,and then I'd be like, 'Mom?
Aasif Mandvi

If you don't acknowledge differences, it's as bad as stereotyping or reducing someone.

Aasif Mandvi
I think all the characters on 'The Daily Show' are kind of idiots. They're all clowns in their own way. I think that my guy is a kind of 'other' character. It's almost like he's an alien. It's like he's hanging out with these humans, and he doesn't quite get them. There's that kind of element to it. But I try not to think about that too much. Aasif Mandv