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15 Aasif Mandvi on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

Aasif Mandvi

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Anatomy is Destiny

Aasif Mandvi is a Peabody award winning actor, writer, creator, comedian, author and producer. Widely known for his work as a correspondent on the multi Emmy-winning, THE DAILY SHOW WITH JON STEWART, Mandvi is currently starring in two television series and is host to a podcast. He currently stars in the hit CBS series EVIL created by Robert and Michelle King, which will premiere for season 2 on Paramount Plus June 20, 2021. He has a recurring role on the UK series THIS WAY UP with Aisling Bea which is available on Hulu. He also lends his voice to the character of Sahil on Disney’s MIRA, ROYAL DETECTIVE, currently in season 2.

Fall of 2019 he launched the podcast, LOST AT THE SMITHSONIAN, where he gets up close and personal with ten of the most culturally significant artifacts of Americana at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History – Carrie Bradshaw’s laptop, Muhammed Ali’s Robe, and The Original Muppets just to name a few. Interviews can also be expected by author Candace Bushnell, actor Henry Winkler, producer Norman Lear and more celebrity guests. Then, with each episode telling a different tale, listeners get to experience a new journey and explore another icon of American Culture that has helped define who are today. It is available on Apple and Stitcher.

Other television credits include CBS’s BLUE BLOODS, TVLAND’s YOUNGER opposite Sutton Foster, Netflix’s A SERIES OF UNFORTUNATE EVENTS from Barry Sonnenfeld costarring alongside Neil Patrick Harris and Hulu’s second season of SHUT EYE. He was recently a host on National Geographic’s YEARS OF LIVING DANGEROUSLY which addressed climate change and he wrote, produced and starred in the HBO series THE BRINK opposite Jack Black and Tim Robbins.

Mandvi made his roots in New York theater under the tutelage of the pre-eminent acting teacher Wynn Handman with whom he was able to develop and create his critically acclaimed one-man show SAKINA’S RESTAURANT which made its premiere at the American Place Theater and earned him an Obie Award. He recently revived this production at the Minetta Lane Theatre, directed by Kimberly Senior and produced by Audible. Mandvi received the 2019 United Solo Special Award, which honors outstanding solo performers.

Mandvi also received rave reviews and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for originating the role of ‘Amir Kapoor’ in the world premiere of Ayad Aktahr’s Pulitzer Prize-winning play, DISGRACED at Lincoln Center. Other stage credits include the Broadway revival of OKLAHOMA, SUBURBIA and City Center’s most recent production of BRIGADOON.

In feature film, Mandvi starred opposite Kate Hudson, Jennifer Aniston, and Julia Roberts in the Garry Marshall feature, MOTHER’S DAY. He also co-starred opposite Jon Hamm in MILLION DOLLAR ARM and had supporting roles in THE INTERNSHIP with Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn, MOVIE 43, THE DICTATOR with Sacha Baron Cohen, DARK HORSE for Todd Solondz, Ruby Sparks (from the creators of LITTLE MISS SUNSHINE), GODS BEHAVING BADLY, PREMIUM RUSH and the independent feature film A KID LIKE JAKE. He co-wrote and starred in TODAY’S SPECIAL which premiered at the London Film Festival and won the audience award at The Palm Springs Film Festival.

Additional film credits include a leading role in M. Night Shyamalan’s THE LAST AIRBENDER and the lead and title character in Merchant Ivory’s THE MYSTIC MASSEUR, and supporting roles in DRUNK PARENTS, IT’S KIND OF A FUNNY STORY, THE PROPOSAL, GHOST TOWN, MUSIC AND LYRICS, SPIDER-MAN 2, FREEDOMLAND, ANALYZE THIS, MARGIN CALL, and THE SIEGE.

Mandvi also co-created and starred in the Peabody Award winning web series, HALAL IN THE FAMILY, produced by Sweet 180 Productions, which garnered over 500 Million Media Impressions within days upon launch and addressed, through parody and satire, Islamophobia. Additionally, he is the author of a collection of personal stories, entitled NO LAND’S MAN for Chronicle Books.



“When you walk into an audition, what is your purpose?”

“Necessity is the mother of invention.”

“When I was younger, I used to just ride on pure talent and instinct. As I’ve gotten older, I’ve realized how much doing the homework is important for a career.”



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038 Michael Mosley on That One Audition with Alyshia Ochse

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You Deserve to Be At the Table

Over the years, Michael Mosley has captivated audiences with the characters that he has portrayed on television and film. From a pastor who found God after a traumatic experience to a hard-to-catch serial killer, from a narcissistic EMT to portraying political operative Kenny O’Donnell, he has proved time and time again that he can do it all in both comedy and drama.

This year, Michael stars in FOX’s new sci-fi thriller, “neXt” opposite John Slattery. Created and executive produced by Manny Coto (“24: Legacy”), the series follows Silicon Valley pioneer Paul LeBlanc (Slattery) as he discovers that one of his own creations — a powerful A.I. called neXt — might spell doom for humankind, so he tries to shutter the project, only to be kicked out of the company by his own brother, leaving him with nothing but mounting dread about the fate of the world. When a series of unsettling tech mishaps points to a potential worldwide crisis, LeBlanc joins forces with Special Agent Shea Salazar (Fernanda Andrade) to fight an emergent superintelligence that, instead of launching missiles, will deploy the immense knowledge it has gleaned from the data to recruit allies, turn people against each other and eliminate obstacles to its own survival and growth. Michael shines as CM, Southern ex-con hacker with a genius IQ who works at the FBI cybercrime division. “neXt” is slated to premiere on October 6, 2020.

Michael was recently seen starring in Netflix’s crime series, “Seven Seconds” opposite Regina King where he played Detective Joe “Fish” Rinaldi. He was also seen in Netflix’s critically-acclaimed drama series, “Ozark” as Pastor Mason Young. Additional television credits include starring on USA Network’s “Sirens,” ABC’s “Scrubs” and “Pan Am” as well as recuring roles on ABC’s “Castle,” DC Universe’s “Titans” and CBS’ “Criminal Minds” to name a few.

On the film front, Michael stars in the indie biopic, “Sister Aimee” [1091 Media] that premiered at the 2019 Sundance Film Festival. Set in 1926 and based on true events, the film follows the most famous Evangelical woman, Aimee Semple (Anna Margaret Hollyman), who is fed up with her own success and gets swept up in her lover’s, Kenny’s (Mosley), daydreams about Mexico and finds herself on a wild road trip towards the border. Additional film credits include “Peppermint” [STX Entertainment], “LBJ” alongside Woody Harrelson and “Hot Pursuit” [Warner Bros.].



“I got one rule: don’t be an asshole.”

“Do your homework, make this yours.”

“In auditions, you have to have a little bit of a fuck-it.”




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  • WEBSITE & GRAPHICS: Chase Jennings
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