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Aasif Mandvi

Indian,  Actor
Total Quotes : 48
Career Always Other

One thing I always did in my career was writing. I always was writing. I was trying to create things. For myself, for other people.

- Aasif Mandvi

Mirror Artist Give

An artist's job is simply to take the mirror in front of your face and hold it there. It's not to give you any answers. It is simply to take that mirror and point it at you.

- Aasif Mandvi

Always More Been

I've always said I'm the worst representative of Muslim-Americans that's ever existed, because I've been inside more bars than mosques.

- Aasif Mandvi

I See Show Been

I always focused on being an actor. I did stand-up briefly, but I also did a lot of dramatic work. But since I've been on 'The Daily Show,' people think I'm a comedian. That's not how I see myself.

- Aasif Mandvi

Play Very Became

I did a play called 'Disgraced' in 2012 at Lincoln Center, which ultimately won the Pulitzer Prize. I played the lead character, a Muslim American, who had renounced Islam and became very anti-Islam.

- Aasif Mandvi

Myself Like Go

I go to Buzzfeed and 'Huff Po,' IMDB, 'Deadline.' And then I just Google myself, like 'Aasif Mandvi in a hat,' and see what comes up.

- Aasif Mandvi

Doctor Lot Offered

When you're brown and Indian, you get offered a lot of doctor roles.

- Aasif Mandvi

Muslim Figure Distinction

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

Big Muslim Jewish

I'm Muslim the way many of my Jewish friends are Jewish: I avoid pork, and I take the big holidays off.

- Aasif Mandvi

Doing Sometimes Both Sides

The great joy of doing 'The Daily Show' for me is that I get to sit on the fence between cultures. I am commenting on the absurdity of both sides as an outsider and insider. Sometimes I'm playing the brown guy, and sometimes I'm not, but the best stuff I do always goes back to being a brown kid in a white world.

- Aasif Mandvi

Doing Student Been

I never consciously got into comedy. It was sort of one of those things where I was a theater student, I was acting, I was doing comedy, I was doing dramatic stuff, so it's been something that I've always done and enjoyed doing and had an instinct to be relatively good at.

- Aasif Mandvi

Born Never I Was Born

I was born in India - but never really lived there.

- Aasif Mandvi

Beauty I Think Been

I think Islam has been hijacked by the idea that all Muslims are terrorists; that Islam is about hate, about war, about jihad - I think that hijacks the spirituality and beauty that exists within Islam. I believe in allowing Islam to be seen in context and in its entirety and being judged on what it really is, not what you think it is.

- Aasif Mandvi

Beginning Geniuses Part

I always used to watch 'The Daily Show,' and there were all these comedic geniuses there. I didn't know if I was going to be hired full time or not. At the beginning, I was sort of hired as a part time, on and off guy. When I first got hired - it was August 2006 - and I was working on and off, and they'd call me whenever.

- Aasif Mandvi

Love Some Offspring

For my parents' generation, the idea was not that marriage was about some kind of idealized, romantic love; it was a partnership. It's about creating family; it's about creating offspring. Indian culture is essentially much more of a 'we' culture. It's a communal culture where you do what's best for the community - you procreate.

- Aasif Mandvi

Character Same Same Time

Being American and being an outsider at the same time, it's a perspective I often bring to a character.

- Aasif Mandvi

Work Artist Over

The artist never really has any control over the impact of his work. If he starts thinking about the impact of his work, then he becomes a lesser artist.

- Aasif Mandvi

Wife Ironic Other

It is ironic that it doesn't matter how successful I am in any other capacity: ultimately, my parents' marker is 'Do you have a wife?' and 'Do you have children?'

- Aasif Mandvi

Some Muslim Providing

'Halal in the Family' will expose a broad audience to some of the realities of being Muslim in America. By using satire, we will encourage people to reconsider their assumptions about Muslims, while providing a balm to those experiencing anti-Muslim bias. I also hope those Uncles and Aunties out there will crack a smile!

- Aasif Mandvi

Use About Daily Show

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