This Indian-born, Tampa-bred comedian was well versed in the wackier side of Americana—he worked as a performer at Disney-MGM Studios—long before he became a regular correspondent alongside Jon Stewart on The Daily Show. His knack for politically charged humor is helping combat anti-Muslim prejudice and making fans of the unlikeliest of audiences. His new movie, Today’s Special—which he also co-wrote—continues that pattern, shining a lovingly hysterical light on his own family.
My fantasy entourage includes: Muhammad Ali, Paul Newman, Elvis Presley, David Letterman On what occasion do you lie? When the truth will get me arrested No one would expect: I used to be a Michael Jackson impersonator. What do you find irresistible in a mate? Beauty, humor and self-hatred You always TiVo:American Idol, Grey’s Anatomy, Life & Times of Tim, I Shouldn’t Be Alive What are you obsessed with? Angry Birds What is your greatest extravagance? Women