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Saturday Night Live hires Indian-American Nimesh Patel

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Nimesh Patel is among the latest recruits to ‘the writer’s guild’ of Saturday Night Live for its upcoming 43rd season.

NEW YORK (Diya TV) — Nimesh Patel is among the latest recruits at Saturday Night Live.

Patel gained acclaim for writing the stand-up roast of President Donald Trump. Hasan Minhaj delivered the routine during the White House Correspondents Dinner this year.

“In hiring Patel (who jokes about keeping his Hindu papers on him at all times lest he be mistaken for a radical terrorist), S.N.L. is better placed than ever to dig into the South Asian perspective, particularly in politics,” Vanity Fair stated.

Last year Aziz Ansari was the show’s first ever South Asian host.

On Oct. 14, Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American comedian, writer, and most recently, the actor in the critically acclaimed movie, The Big Sick, will become the show’s second South Asian host.

Patel also has a short and clever stand-up routine on Tinder alleging racism among white women as well as a slew of 2016 election jokes. One example was a Comedy Cellar bit where he is quoted in Vanity Fair saying, “I wanted Bobby Jindal to win … he’s the Indian guy, not because I believe in his politics but because I want a career on S.N.L. and that’s the only way that was going to happen.”

Patel’s satirical comedy rings through on his own website. “If you Google me, I am the first result.  And most every other Nimesh Patel is a doctor.  Which means if my parents Google me, they get their son, and then a list of everything they wanted their son to be,” he says. “I like family, sarcasm, water, the Lakers, and dancing while drunk.”

He lists his idols as Larry David, Chris Rock, and Patrice O’Neal. Patel actually wrote for the 2016 Oscars with Chris Rock.

 

 

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WASHINGTON DC (Diya TV) — With no clear path to citizenship and facing deportation, younger Indian Americans who have aged out of their parents’ visas are now appealing to lawmakers for help. The Migration Policy Institute says about 190,000 kids and young adults will be in this situation once they turn 21 years old. Some of them have now formed a coalition saying it’s time to address this ongoing issue.

Electronic signature platform DocuSign appointed Indian American Shanthi Iyer as its new Chief Information Officer. Iyer spent more than 20 years at Cisco and will lead Docusign’s efforts to improve employee productivity and the customer experience.

And Indian start-up SimSim has been acquired by Youtube. The company helps small businesses connect with social media influencers and customers. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed but insiders say the company was valued at more than $70 million.

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Indian photojournalist Danish Siddiqui killed in Afghanistan

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KANDAHAR (Diya TV) — Pulitzer Prize-Winning photographer Danish Siddiqui was killed while covering a clash between Afghan security forces and Taliban fighters in Afghanistan. The 38 year old Indian national was Reuters news agency’s chief photographer in India. Siddiqui was credited for capturing some of the most powerful images during the Covid-19 pandemic.

17-year-old Indian-American Samir Banerjee clinched the junior Wimbledon singles tennis title. Celebrating Samir’s achievement, many Indians took to social media to congratulate the youngster.

Jeff Bezos blasted off into space Tuesday on his Blue Origin rocket ship. It was the company’s first flight with people on board.  Bezos is now the second billionaire in just over a week to ride his own spacecraft. The Amazon founder was accompanied by his brother, an 18-year-old from the Netherlands and an 82-year-old aviation pioneer from Texas — the youngest and oldest to ever fly in space.

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