Aasif Mandvi By Arminata Plater

Actor, author, and humorist Aasif Mandvi will deliver the 9th Annual Twain Lecture on American Humor and Culture on Friday, April twenty fourth, at St. Mary’s College of Maryland. The lecture, entitled “An Evening with Aasif Mandvi,” will begin at 7:30 p.m. in the Michael P. O’Brien Athletics and Recreation Center and will feature a reading and storytelling from Mandvi followed by a discussion with St. Mary’s College President Tuajuanda Jordan, and Professors Betul Basaran, and Ben Click. The discussion will be followed by an audience question and answer period and book signing. The event is free and open to the public. Aasif Mandvi is widely acclaimed for both his acting and writing. He is perhaps best known for his correspondent work on Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.” His film and television credits also include “Million Dollar Arm,” Merchant Ivory’s “The Mystic Masseur,” “The Seige,” “Analyze This,” “Sex and the City,” “The Sopranos,” “Law and Order,” “CSI,” and “Madam Secretary,” and he is a recipient of an OBIE award for his one-man show “Sakina’s Restaurant.” In November 2014, Mandvi published a collection of humorous personal essays entitled “No Land’s Man.” This summer, he will co-star opposite Jack Black in the new HBO series “The Brink.”
The Twain Lecture Series began in 2007 at St. Mary’s College, with a talk by Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Ron Powers, author of “Mark Twain: A Life.” Since Powers’s inaugural lecture, the Series has held an annual spring lecture, featuring humorists such as Comedy Central’s “The Nightly Show” host Larry Wilmore in 2011, Thurber Prize-winning author David Rakoff in 2012, Daily Show correspondent John Hodgman in 2013, and New York Times best-selling author Sarah Vowell in 2014.
In addition to the annual lecture, the Series also offers smaller, specialized events. In fall of 2012, the Twain Lecture hosted the first “Laughing to the Polls” event, featuring comedian Jimmy Tingle, and the first “Music & Truth” performance, featuring musicians John Reynolds and Gary Kirkland. Both “Laughing to the Polls” and “Music & Truth” will be recurring features of the Twain Lecture Series.
“An Evening with Aasif Mandvi” is sponsored by the Twain Lecture Series on American Humor and Culture, St. Mary’s College’s SGA/Programs Board, Arts Alliance, English Dept., Center for the Study of Democracy, as well as the college’s Writing & Speaking Center, and Department of Philosophy and Religious Studies. For more information about the event, contact Ben Click at:
baclick@smcm.edu or 240-895-4253.

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