What's great about 'The Daily Show' is I can use satire and push the envelope. I couldn't do that anywhere else. Even if I was a journalist.

-Aasif Mandvi
Aasif Mandvi

The pleasure from acting comes from having great writing to work with. If it's well written and the character is interesting, then, as an actor, that's the raw material I need.

Aasif Mandvi
I was born in Mumbai, but I grew up in England, and then my adulthood has been in the States. I'm an American stuffed with an English person with an Indian person inside. I feel like those things kind of inform me in some way, which I think helps me as an actor.
Aasif Mandvi

Traditional television as we have known it will make love to the Internet and have a child. That child will be the future. It's already happening, and it's hot!

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

Paki- bashing was kind of this term that was used in general to beat up anyone that was from the Indian subcontinent.

Aasif Mandvi
My tenure at 'The Daily Show' started during the decade after September 11, and fear of Muslims was at an all-time high. Politicians and the media seemed to dial the fright, mistrust, and animosity up to a fever pitch to gain votes and ratings.
Aasif Mandvi

The idea that I had anything to do with speaking about Islam or about the Muslim world was just absurd to my family. ... I hadn't been to the mosque in like 10 years.

Aasif Mandvi
I rarely went to the mosque, I never fasted, and I only prayed namaaz on the holy nights because my mom bugged me about it.
Aasif Mandvi

They wanted to audition people for the Middle East correspondent on 'The Daily Show.' They wanted to hire somebody ethnic for that slot. Helms had left, Cordry had left, and they felt that they needed an ethnic face. So, I went in and auditioned, and I got the job.

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