Aasif Hakim Mandviwala (born March 5, 1966), known professionally as Aasif Mandvi 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.
Mandvi was born in Bombay (now Mumbai), Maharashtra, India, to a Dawoodi Bohra Muslim family. 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 but later went to run a corner shop, and his mother, Fatima, was a nurse. Although Mandvi identifies himself as a "working-class kid from Bradford", he attended the independent Woodhouse Grove School. His father grew frustrated with Margaret Thatcher's Britain and moved his family to Tampa, Florida, when Mandvi was 16.
After graduating from the University of South Florida with a degree in Theatre, Mandvi worked as a performer at Disney-MGM Studios at Walt Disney World Resort. 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...
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