Evil star Aasif Mandvi smiles and looks over his shoulder in front of a soft blue wall

Evil star and new dad Aasif Mandvi.

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A day in the life of Aasif Mandvi, actor and star of CBS' psychological mystery series Evil.

As told to David Hochman

What's funny about Aasif Mandvi's role on Evil is that the role isn't meant to be funny. Mandvi was a comedy guy before playing tech whiz Ben Shakir on the supernatural drama.

He made his name in theater, having won an Obie Award for his one-man show Sakina's Restaurant and playing the lead character in the Pulitzer prize–winning play Disgraced. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart put him on the map as a comedian; he went on to create and star in the Peabody Award–winning web series Halal in the Family, which logged more than 500 million media impressions within days of its announcement. With guffaws or without, Mandvi is a serious force.

Evil returns for Season 2. Catch up now on Paramount+.

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