Aasif Mandvi Used to Live in Orlando

I’ve now lived longer in Orlando than anywhere else, and it’s good to see performers who’ve passed through Central Florida being successful in show business. The theme parks bring in a lot of talented people.

Aasif Mandvi is one of those who worked in Orlando for a bit. He’s currently on the CBS supernatural drama “Evil.” It’s got to be tricky shooting on location in NYC when a bus could drive by at any minute, promoting the show you’re in the middle of making.

Mandvi is also playing the dad on Disney Junior’s animated “Mira, Royal Detective” and you probably remember him as a correspondent on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show” in the Jon Stewart years.

What you might not know is that Aasif Mandvi was also a Streetmosphere performer at Walt Disney World, including the cab driver on grand opening day of Disney-MGM Studios.

Since his Orlando days, Mandvi has appeared on Broadway (2002’s “Oklahoma!”), won an Obie (“Sakina’s Restaurant”), and worked on lots of movie roles and episodic TV. On March 14, 2020, Mandvi and his wife, Shaifali Puri, had their first baby.