Guests: Aasif Mandvi & Amy Mitchell
As correspondent on The Daily Show or on HBOs hit series The Brink, Aasif Mandvi is tackling bigotry and Islamophobia one show at a time. In this portrait of his life and career he shares the immigrant journey that brought him eventually to New York, the importance of The Daily Show and the unique opportunity he has today to change the perception of Muslims with his Funny or Die parody series Halal In The Family.
Since Jon Stewart steps down this week from The Daily Show, after hosting the Emmy-winning program for the last 17 years, we ask Aasif about what the show, and Jon Stewart, has meant to him personally and on a larger scale – geopolitics in comedy today. We also speak to Amy Mitchell of the Pew Research Center in Washington, Department of Journalism, on the impact and influence of The Daily Show.
Host/Producer: Christina Jeurling Birro
Producer: Renee Viterstedt
Editor: Tom Hansen
Theme Song: Carl Borg
Aasif Mandvi is an actor and comedian who joined The Daily Show in 2006 as a correspondent with such titles as "Senior Asian Correspondent," "Senior Middle East Correspondent," "Senior Foreign Looking Correspondent," and "Senior Muslim Correspondent." His most recent projects include the hit HBO comedy series The Brink, where he is an actor, writer and co-producer, as well as the web series Halal In The Family that premiered on Funny of Die, for which he is an actor, writer and co-producer. Aasif is also the author of the book No Land’s Man which is available online.
Amy Mitchell is the director of journalism research for the Pew Research Center in Washington DC. She is responsible for the center’s research related to news and information, which has documented the growth of The Daily Show as an important source of news in surveys of the public.