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Aasif Mandvi Took Stephen Colbert’s Comedy Advice At The Daily Show


MY NEXT GUEST IS AN ACTOR YOU
KNOW FROM “BLUE BLOODS,” “THE PROPOSAL,” AND “THE DAILY SHOW.” HE NOW STARS IN “EVIL” ON CBS. PLEASE WELCOME AASIF MANDVI! ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING ) ( CHEERS AND APPLAUSE )
( BAND PLAYING )>>Stephen: NICE TO SEE YOU
AGAIN.>>NICE TO SEE YOU.>>Stephen: YOU’RE LOOKING FIT
AS A FIDDLE.>>FIT AS A FIDDLE. I AM. I AM. THANK YOU, I FEEL FIT AS A
FIDDLE.>>Stephen: I DON’T KNOW IF
YOU HAVE THIS FEELING, BUT I FEEL LIKE I KNOW YOU BETTER THAN
I DO BECAUSE I FEEL LIKE WE OVERLAP.>>YEAH, BECAUSE WE SAW EACH
OTHER –>>Stephen: ALL THE TIME. ACROSS THE BUFFET LINE
SOMETIMES.>>Stephen: BETWEEN THE TWO
SHOWS EVER SO OFTEN, BUT WE NEVER ACTUALLY OVERLAPPED.>>NO, WE DIDN’T ACTUALLY
OVERLAP. BUT I DID ACTUALLY COME TO YOUR
OFFICE WHEN I FIRST STARTED ON THE DAILY SHOW. “THE DAILY SHOW” PEOPLE SENT ME
TO COME VISIT YOU BECAUSE I WAS GOING OUT TO DO MY FIRST FIELD
PIECE AND THEY SAID, YOU KNOW, STEPHEN COLBERT IS THE MASTER
AND YOU MUST GO AND LEARN FROM THE MASTER.>>Stephen: DID I YODA YOU AT
ALL?>>YOU DID, YOU HAD THE BIG
GREEN EARS. ( LAUGHTER )
YOU SAID I’LL GIVE YOU THREE PIECES OF ADVICE. ALWAYS FIND THREE THINGS THAT
ARE FUNNY –>>Stephen: ABOUT THE PIECE. — ABOUT THE PIECE, YEAH. DON’T BE AFRAID OF THE SILENCE. ( LAUGHTER )
AND WHEN YOU PUT A CAMERA IN SOMEONE’S FACE, THEY GET A
LOBOTOMY, WHICH I THOUGHT WAS THE MOST BRILLIANT ADVICE I’D
EVER GOTTEN.>>Stephen: WHEN YOU POINT A
CAMERA AT SOMEBODY, THEIR I.Q. GOES DOWN ABOUT 45 POINTS. JUST KNOW THAT. THAT’S WHY YOU LET THE SILENCE
FALL DURING A FIELD PIECE BECAUSE THEY CAN’T STAND THE
SILENCE AND THEY WILL FILL IT WITH THE TRUTH.>>YES.>>Stephen: 100% TRUE. JUST DON’T BE THE FIRST ONE TO
BLINK. WOW.>>AND IT HAPPENED MANY, MANY
TIMES I SAW THAT HAPPEN.>>Stephen: IT’S HARD TO
EXPLAIN WHAT IT’S LIKE TO GO DO A PIECE FOR “THE DAILY SHOW,” AT
LEAST BACK IN THE DAY, BECAUSE PEOPLE DIDN’T KNOW WHAT YOUR
STORY WAS ABOUT, THEY ONLY KNEW THAT THEY WERE IN THE STORY.>>YES, EXACTLY.>>Stephen: AND OFTEN THERE
WOULD BE A WHOLE OTHER FRAMEWORK FOR THE STORY. WERE THERE EVER TIMES WHEN YOU
FOUND YOURSELF IN A SITUATION AND YOU JUST THOUGHT, I’M JUST
DOING SILLY COMEDY, AND THE PEOPLE GOT VERY UPSET WITH YOU?>>ONE TIME I WAS IN BOISE,
IDAHO.>>Stephen: QUALITY TOWN. YES, AND THEY WERE HAVING A
PROBLEM WITH FISH IN THE RIVER AND POLLUTION, AND THEY WERE
SEEING THESE –>>Stephen: IS THAT WHAT THIS
IS.>>– TWO-HEADED FISH IN THE
RIVER.>>Stephen: SOMEONE GAVE ME A
PHOTO. IS THAT WHAT THIS IS?>>YES.>>Stephen: TELL ME WHEN I
SHOW IT.>>SO I GO TO BOISE, IDAHO,
WE’RE DOING A SHOW ABOUT FISH IN THE RIVER AND I DRESS UP AS A
TWO-HEADED FISH. ( LAUGHTER )
THAT’S MY HEAD. THAT’S THE FAKE HEAD, JUST TO
CLARIFY. THAT’S THE FAKE HEAD, THAT’S MY
HEAD.>>Stephen: OKAY. AND I WALK IN WITH MY
PRODUCER, BRENNAN, AND THE FILM CREW, AND WE WALK IN TO THE
E.P.A. OFFICES –>>Stephen: IN BOISE, IDAHO. IN BOISE, IDAHO, TO COMPLAIN
ABOUT THE TWO-HEADED FISH IN THE RIVER. AND A VERY NICE GENTLEMAN WALKS
OUT OF THE BACK OFFICE, PROBABLY THE MANAGER OR SOMEBODY, AND HE
SAID YOU CAN’T BE HERE, YOU’VE GOT TO LEAVE. AND I SAID, WHERE AM I SUPPOSED
TO GO? I LIVE IN THE RIVER, IT’S
POLLUTED! AND I REMEMBER THIS POOR MAN
SAYING TO ME, YOU’RE NOT REALLY A FISH! YOU’RE A MAN IN A COSTUME! BUT I WAS COMPLETELY IN
CHARACTER, YOU KNOW. ( LAUGHTER )
AND THAIN CALLED THE POLICE, AND I THOUGHT IT WAS GOING TO BE
LIKE A LOCAL SHERIFF, BUT, NO, HOMELAND SECURITY SHOWS UP. ( LAUGHTER )
WE’RE WALKING OUT OF THE BUILDING WITH OUR CREW AND
SUDDENLY IT’S LIKE — IT WAS LIKE NCIS. IT WAS LITERALLY LIKE FIVE CARS
GOT UP, FIVE GUYS GOT OUT, IT WAS LIKE HOMELAND SECURITY, AND
THEY SEE ME IN A TWO-HEADED FISH COSTUME AND THEY’RE ABOUT TO
TAKE ME IN, AND I’M TRYING TO EXPLAIN TO HIM, NO, WE’RE WITH
“THE DAILY SHOW” — AND HOMELAND SECURITY IS GOING, IT’S THE
BROWN FACE. I TRIED TO SAY WE’RE DOING A
PIECE FOR TH “THE DAILY SHOW,” A THE GUY SAYS I LOVE JON STEWART. I SAID LET ME GET HIM ON THE
PHONE AND YOU CAN TALK TO HIM. I DON’T HAVE JON STEWART, I’M
JUST SCROLLING THROUGH MY PHONE TRYING TO GET A FRIEND TO DO A
JON STEWART IMPRESSION.>>Stephen: DID THEY LET YOU
GO?>>THEY FINALLY DID. IT TOOK SOME TALKING.>>Stephen: I’VE GOT TO SAY,
IT WOULD HAVE BEEN A HELL OF A MUG SHOT.>>YES, I KNOW! WELL, IMAGINE WHAT WOULD HAVE
HAPPENED TO ME IN PRISON IN THAT COSTUME, I MEAN, YOU KNOW.>>Stephen: OKAY, NEW CBS
SHOW.>>YES.>>Stephen: WHEN DOES IT
START?>>THE 26th OF SEPTEMBER.>>Stephen: OKAY. IT’S CALLED “EVIL.”>>”EVIL.”>>Stephen: IT DIPS INTO THE
SUPERNATURAL, GHOSTS, DEMONS, EXORCISMS, AND YOU PLAY, LIKE, A
SKEPTIC ON THIS?>>I PLAY, LIKE, A GUY WHO IS A
DEBUNKER. I’M GOING TO FIGURE OUT WHY IT
IS NOT PARANORMAL AND YOU CAN EXPLAIN THE STUFF.>>Stephen: BUT THE OTHER
MEMBERS OF THE TEAM –>>WE HAVE ONE MEMBER WHO IS A
SKEPTIC, A TRUE BELIEVER, AND I’M THE GUY WHO WILL FIGURE OUT
WHAT IT IS.>>Stephen: DO YOU PERSONALLY
AASIF MANDVI BELIEVE IN GHOSTS OR THE SUPERNATURAL?>>I WILL SAY THIS, I HAVE MORE
BELIEF IN THE IDEA THAT THERE ARE THINGS OUTSIDE OF OUR
UNDERSTANDING AND BEYOND WHAT WE CAN SEE, TOUCH, FEEL, SMELL —
>>Stephen: EVER SEEN A GHOST? I HAVEN’T, BUT I WAS IN A
HOTEL ONCE IN AUSTIN, TEXAS, WHERE THEY HAVE — THIS HOTEL
WAS HAUNTED, AND I KNOW THIS BECAUSE THEY HAVE A REGISTRY AT
THE FRONT OF THE HOTEL WHERE YOU CAN TELL THEM IF YOU SAW A
GHOST, AND THEY WILL WRITE IT INTO THEIR REGISTRY, AND IT GOES
BACK, LIKE, 200 YEARS. FROM THE 1800s. SO THEY’RE, LIKE, PLEASE WELCOME
TO THE HOTEL AND PLEASE COME BACK AND TELL US IF YOU SEE A
GHOST.>>Stephen: DO YOU GET A
DISCOUNT?>>I DON’T KNOW.>>Stephen: FREE BUFFET IF YOU
( BLEEP ) YOUR PANTS IN THE MIDDLE OF THE NIGHT? ( LAUGHTER )
>>SO I ENDED UP, I WAS THEN DATING MY NOW WIFE, AND I ENDED
UP BEING SO TERRIFIED THAT I CALLED HER AT 1:00 IN THE
MORNING — THIS IS A WOMAN I JUST RECENTLY STARTED DATING —
AND I SAID, LISTEN, YOU HAVE TO STAY WITH ME ON THE PHONE
BECAUSE MY LAMP IS FLICKERING ACROSS THE ROOM AND I AM
CONVINCED — SHE WAS, LIKE, MAYBE IT’S JUST GOT A FAULTY
CIRCUIT. AND I WAS, LIKE, NO! IT IS A GHOST! AND I WAS CONVINCED. I KEPT HER ON THE PHONE WITH ME
TILL 5:00 IN THE MORNING, BUT SHE MARRIED ME, SO IT’S FINE.>>Stephen: AWESOME. AASIF, NICE SEEING YOU. THANKS SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE! “EVIL” PREMIERES NEXT THURSDAY
AT 10:00 PM ON CBS! AASIF MANDVI, EVERYBODY!

84 thoughts on “Aasif Mandvi Took Stephen Colbert’s Comedy Advice At The Daily Show

  1. This guy is hilarious. Wished I can watch his new show but I'm such a scaredy cat.

    Also, my husband kept me on the phone one night (3am) when he was walking to his car after work and the lamp post started flickering.

  2. this whole time I was thinking 'I know that voice, why do I know that voice?'…and then it hit me…. MONTY!!!! YOU WERE TAKEN TOO SOON! MONTYYYYYYY!

  3. As if Mandvi and Monsieur Colbert are official members of the March 11…Piscean…Enlighted Club…Free Patches…whistle inclued… with a dynamo Compass….As a bonus I'll throw in a Star Wars Yoda plush…good for kids and all age groups…

  4. And a free trip to Jerusalem…If you see Jacova hitchhiking over the Atlantic…just throw her a bone and a pizza…It is the new fashion in magic carpet rides…

  5. Oopsy Jacova..moi…will also throw in to the kitty…Her world war 2 coinage, a mezuzza…And a box of the craze in health Winkies…that healthy snack that makes you Perspicasious and fits in a purse..

  6. Oopsy sorry…hold the phone…Buddha has offered a the breadth of his wisdom…as Jesus backs him up and Mohammed…has Jacova' back…
    As a bonus Lao Tzu has revealed the Eternal Way…And is astounded..by Jacova 11…dob…3.11…in…..Bethlehem. ๐Ÿ˜†๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜…๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ˜

  7. if someones IQ goes down by 45 points when you point a camera at them, maybe that explains trump, he has lots of cameras pointing at him all the time, so knock off at least 180 points

  8. They saw a man dressed as a double-headed fish and called the police on him to make him leave. A homeland-security situation? Seriously? I mean… I understand wanting him to leave the premises, but making him a threat to national security? What's he gonna do?

  9. I still consider Aasif's Don Yelton interview (look it up, it's in the Daily Show archives) to be one of TDS' finest field pieces. Seen in retrospect it really feels ahead of its time in making them say the quiet part out loud.

  10. I miss Aasif so much! His field pieces on TDS were some of the BEST. Right up there with Stephen's, Sam's, Jessica's, Jason's, some of Jordan's, Oliver's and later, Hasan's. Aasif had a perspective most others didn't. Miss that.

  11. So Evil is Scooby-doo. And oh for fucks sake… that bullshit "there are more things than can be explained" line… vomit and puke. In one split second I lost all respect for Aasif.

  12. The bet the truth is that she probably married him BECAUSE of that exact phonecall. He wanted to talk to HER. He turned to her when he was voulnerabel. When he was afraid. She felt needed, important, trusted, privileged, loved. She thought it was a funny and cute thing.

  13. He was one of my favourite correspondents on the Daily Show when he was on. The things that would come out of his mouth when talking to people would never cease to amaze or amuse me.

  14. 1:43 And now I'm imagining a mime interviewing people.ย  Think of the Piranha Brothers sketch scene where their headmaster is being interviewed, only the interviewer isn't even moving their lips.

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