Aasif Mandvi began performing at the age of seven as a pixie in a school play wearing tights and a bonnet. He knew from that moment on that discreet but comfortable leggings coupled with a desperate need for attention was the secret of success. Unaware of this at the time, but this type of beginning was perfect for a job as a correspondent on "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart," where the official uniform ironically happens to be "tights and a bonnet" ( worn discreetly under one's suit, of course).
Named Best Stand-Up Comedian by the HBO/U.S. Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Al Madrigal's comedy has been called "dynamic" by The New York Times. His unique, spontaneous and fast-paced lyrical storytelling style has made him a regular on television with numerous appearances on Comedy Central including his own half-hour Comedy Central Presents Special and appearances on John Oliver's New York Stand-up Show and Pretend Time with Nick Swardson. Al has also appeared with Conan O'Brien (as one of the first 20 guests during his stint as host of "The Tonight Show," and on "Conan" on TBS) as well as multiple appearances on "Lopez Tonight," "The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live."
Desi Lydic is a professionally trained and seasoned improvisational and comedic actress who studied and performed at the famed and prestigious theater schools The Groundlings and Improv Olympic. Most recently, she had a starring role on MTV’s hit comedy series “Awkward.” Lydic’s feature film credits include Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought A Zoo” opposite Matt Damon and Scarlett Johansson and “The Babymakers” directed by Jay Chandrasekhar and opposite Olivia Munn. Other television credits include “Two and a Half Men”, “The Odd Couple” and “The League”.
Hasan Minhaj is a comedian, actor, and writer who was recently selected by the Sundance Institute to develop his solo show and feature film with the prestigious New Frontier Storytelling Lab. The screenplay for his feature film "Paint the Town" is the adaptation of "Sakoon," his autobiographical solo show based on his experiences as a first generation Indian-American. A featured storyteller for The Moth Mainstage Company, his work has garnered acclaim in film, online and television. Minhaj hosted the documentary special "Stand Up Planet" produced by The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation which aired on PBS, Pivot, KCET and Link TV, and his digital series "The Truth with Hasan Minhaj" has been featured in countless publications including The Huffington Post, Gawker and The New York Times.
After practically "killing it" at every single comedic venue in Los Angeles, Jessica decided it was time to conquer New York City. In 2012 she joined "The Daily Show with Jon Stewart" as a new correspondent. Jessica plans to destroy everything that she sees both comedically and physically. As a result, there are a lot of things broken around the studio. She loves it.
John Hodgman is "The Daily Show's" Resident Expert, commenting on subjects as diverse as the economy, net neutrality, reptiloids, time travel, elitism, and headlice. Apart from the many fake books he has advertised on the show, scholars agree he has actually written two real books -- "The Areas of My Expertise" and "More Information Than You Require" although these books are primarily made up of fake facts. Additionally, Hodgman has worked as a cheesemonger, traffic counter, advice columnist, journalist and personal computer.
Jordan Klepper joins The Daily Show as a correspondent after five years as a performer at the Upright Citizens Brigade Theatre in New York City. He has starred in several long-running shows at UCB and in sketches for the UCB Comedy Channel. He co-created and co-starred in the UCB Comedy-produced pilot presentation Engaged, which was featured at the New York Television Festival. Originally from Kalamazoo, Michigan, Keppler studied improv at Improv Olympic and Second City in Chicago. During his time at iO, he co-created and co-starred in the long running hit sketch show "Steve and Jordan, Respectively." He has also worked as a writer and contributor to the Big Ten Network show "Friday Night Tailgate.
Kristen Schaal was named Best Alternative Comic at the 2006 HBO Comedy Arts Festival and won a New York Nightlife Award for Best Female Stand-Up. Kristen was also the recipient of the second annual Andy Kaufman Award hosted by the New York Comedy Festival. In October 2005, Kristen was included in New York Magazine's "Ten Funniest New Yorkers You've Never Heard Of." Along with her comedy partner Kurt Braunohler, Kristen was nominated for the Edinburgh Festival's If.Comedy Award, the most prestigious award in the world named after a web site.
Kristen is the Senior Women's Correspondent for The Daily Show. She was also a writer for South Park, but chose to leave the show after she was fired. Kristen was a series regular on HBO's Flight of the Conchords and her voice can be heard on FOX's Bob's Burgers. She's appeared for about one minute in a handful of movies. She and Daily Show writer Rich Blomquist co-wrote The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex.
Lewis Black is one of the most prolific and popular performers working today. He executes a brilliant trifecta as stand-up comedian, actor and author. Receiving critical acclaim, he performs over 200 nights a year to sold-out audiences throughout Europe, New Zealand, Canada and the United States. Black's live performances provide a cathartic release of anger and disillusionment for his audience. A passionate performer who is more pissed-off optimist than mean-spirited curmudgeon, he's perfected expressing what the rest of us cannot say in polite company. Its no wonder hes been compared to Mort Sahl, Lenny Bruce, and Bill Hicks.
Stand-up comedian and actor Ronny Chieng has been a rising star on the comedy scene in Australia where he moved to attend the University of Melbourne. Chieng’s career began to take off in 2012 when he was named one of the “Top 10 Rising Comedians in Australia” by The Age, the Herald Sun and The Sydney Morning Herald and received the “Best Newcomer” award at the Melbourne International Comedy Festival for his debut stand-up special, “The Ron Way.”
Roy Wood Jr. began his comedy career in 1998 at the age of 19 while attending Florida A&M University. He has been called “A Standout” by The Hollywood Reporter, and Entertainment Weekly described his comedic style as “charismatic crankiness.” Wood’s thought-provoking comedy crosses cultural lines and has entertained millions nationwide via stage, radio and television. In 2006, he appeared in the “New Faces Showcase” at the Montreal Just for Laughs Comedy Festival and made his network television debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman” the same year. Wood most recently starred on “Sullivan and Son” and regularly appears on “Conan” and ESPN’s “SportsNation.” Wood’s stand-up album, “Things I Think, I Think,” was released in 2013.