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Keeping It 'Halal in the Family' with Aasif Mandvi and Miles Kahn

Funny or Die premiered a brand new web series today called Halal in the Family, a retro sitcom parody co-created and written by Aasif Mandvi and Daily Show producer Miles Kahn that reimagines the typical multi-cam family show through the eyes of an all-American Muslim family and all the stereotypes, misinformation, and prejudice they face on a day-to-day basis. Mandvi also stars with House of Cards' Sakina Jeffrey playing his wife, and Jordan Klepper, Samantha Bee, and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter from The Roots make special appearances throughout the four-episode series. Ahead of Halal in the Family's premiere, I spoke with Mandvi and Kahn about the series' origins, [...]

Aasif Mandvi Tells Seth Meyers How He Got Hired on 'The Daily Show'

Aasif Mandvi was a guest on last night's Late Night, where he told Seth Meyers about some of the more stereotypically Indian roles he's auditioned for (a bunch of doctors and a snake charmer) as well as what his parents thought when he was hired as Daily Show's "Senior Muslim Correspondent." Watch more from the interview below:

North Carolina Republican Resigns After Super Racist 'Daily Show' Interview

On Wednesday's Daily Show, correspondent Aasif Mandvi delved into North Carolina's new Voter ID law, interviewing Don Yelton, precinct chair of the Buncombe County Republican Party. In the course of the interview, Yelton referred to "lazy blacks" that want "the government to give them everything," while also arguing that neither he nor the law he supported were racist. Now, the local GOP party says Yelton has resigned from his post, saying in a statement, "Mr. Yelton's comments are offensive, uniformed, and unacceptable of any member within the Republican Party. In no way are his comments representative of the local or state Republican Party." Below, check out the original interview in its [...]

Jon Stewart and His News Team Catch Up on Recent Anthony Weiner Controversies

Here's recently returned Jon Stewart reuniting with his news team to cover a slew of recent Anthony Weiner racial controversies. Good thing Stewart has such a big staff to help keep track of this guy.

Ken Marino Will Star in 'The Gates' Pilot for NBC

Ken Marino, star of The State, Party Down, Childrens Hospital, Burning Love and about a million other wonderful things, has signed on to star in a comedy pilot called The Gates for NBC, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show is based on the UK comedy of the same name, which follows parents and staff navigating the student drop-off line for an elementary school. Marino will play Mark, a lovable nice guy married to a type-A wife (Kathleen Rose Perkins, House of Lies). The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi has also joined on as Trevor, a super-driven Yale educated dad with high-achieving, competitive kids. Cathy Yuspa and Josh [...]

Aasif Mandvi Tells David Letterman About His New Web Series 'Halal in the Family'

Here's a clip from Aasif Mandvi's visit to last night's Late Show, where he talks about growing up in Florida, interviewing a bunch of Islamophobic crazies while at The Daily Show, and making his new web series Halal in the Family, which premieres on Funny or Die next Thursday.

Aasif Mandvi Explains How 'The Daily Show' Made Him a "Terrorist of Comedy"

"The longer I spent time on The Daily Show, standing in front of a green screen pretending to report from war zones and hot spots around the world—most often from somewhere in the Middle East—the more I began to realize that The Daily Show was radicalizing me. I was being allowed to express the outrage that had lain dormant in me since the aftermath of September 11. I was becoming a terrorist of comedy … I was learning to fire missiles of satire across the basic cable airwaves and blow the minds of a million people."

- Aasif Mandvi looks back on getting hired on The Daily Show and his [...]

Aasif Mandvi Looked Into North Carolina's New Voter ID Law

Last night, The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi took a hard look at the effects of the recent ruling by the Supreme Court on the Voting Rights Act, heading down to North Caroline to investigate their new and totally necessary voter ID law.

Aasif Mandvi Didn't Want His Picture Taken with Sarah Palin

Longtime Daily Show correspondent Aasif Mandvi attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner this weekend and turned down the once-in-a-lifetie opportunity to get his picture taken with Sarah Palin. Mandvi tells Vulture:

Somebody asked me if I would like to get my picture taken with Sarah Palin. She was standing a few feet away. She couldn't hear me, but [this guy] was like, "Do you want to get your picture taken with Sarah?" And I was like, "You know, I don't. I really don't."

Sheesh, what's this guy got against Sarah Palin?

'The Daily Show' Correspondents Will Explain the Amendments to You

Getting a little rusty on your Constitutional Amendments? Well, The Daily Show correspondents are stepping in to kick that problem to the curb. The whole news team (aka "The Best Fucking News Team Ever) have teamed up to make this series of online videos, telling you everything you need to know about the Amendments. Here's the group explaining the right to bear arms (2nd Amendment) that should scare you into watching the rest of their videos, which are embedded below.

Watch Aasif Mandvi's Fantastic Radio and Television Correspondents' Association Dinner Speech

On Wednesday night The Daily Show's Aasif Mandvi gave a speech at the 2015 Radio and Television Correspondents Association Dinner, and the whole thing is now online in full. Mandvi's speech has pretty much everything, from improvement advice for C-SPAN ("C-SPAN needs to be more like CNN and just forget about the news"), thoughts on Netanyahu’s recent speech to Congress ("It took a black president to make Republicans finally wish for a Jewish one"), and insight about what it's like being a Muslim in America today: "Listen, I don’t care how this goes tonight, because tomorrow it’s gonna say 'Muslim Bombs' or 'Muslim Kills.' It’s bad for me either way."

Aasif Mandvi Markets "Brosurance" to the College Crowd

Last night on The Daily Show, Aasif Mandvi spoke with a focus group of young bros and ladybros to get their take on a few very beer-focused Obamacare awareness campaigns meant to speak to the college age crowd. Apparently the youth of today can see straight right through all those ageist keg stand, cornhole, and hookup references, but that doesn't stop Mandvi from dressing up likes James Franco's Spring Breakers character in an effort to get them excited for health insurance.

'The Daily Show' Correspondents Were Determined to Break News Last Night

The Best F#@king News Team Ever hit the streets of New York last night to figure out just what the hell was going on, and as always, their reporting was second to none. John Oliver, Samantha Bee, Jason Jones, and Aasif Mandvi really gave CNN a run for their money.

Aasif Mandvi Dives Deep Into the NCAA for 'The Daily Show'

Last night, Daily Show corresponent Aasif Mandvi filed this report on the NCAA, which seems like quite an upstanding organization.