*And yes, if you were wondering we posted this on “America time” :)
Something that India and the United States will always have in common is winning their independence from England. This day, 236 years ago, the Declaration of Independence was signed, ending English rule over the American colonies.
Since that day the U.S. has become a nation of immigrants, and is home to some 3 million NRIs. So in lieu of fireworks, lake parties, and Bud Light, today I’ll celebrate by giving a shout out to my favorite Indian-American entertainers!
From his role on Parks and Recreation, to his stand-up I think he’s one of the funniest comedians on the scene. I love the clip below where he blasts his chubby cousin Harris.
In contrast to his hilarious Harold & Kumar stoner roles, Kalpesh is currently working on a graduate certificate from Stanford, and was named Associate Director of White House Public Engagement by President Obama.
Her father, Ravi Shankar, must be proud considering she has won 9 Grammy Awards and sold over 40 million records.
Everyone knows her as the ditsy Kelly Kapoor from The Office, but she’s also an executive producer and writer for the popular show.
M. Night Shyamalan
Director of The Sixth Sense, The Village, Unbreakable, Signs, and recipient of the Padma Shri honor by the Indian Government.
Dr. Apu Nahasapeemapetilon
Okay so he’s not a real person, and he may have perpetuated some negative stereotypes over the years, but you still gotta love him.
And there’s even an episode where he becomes a naturalized American citizen! You can see the full episode below.
My current favorite correspondent from The Daily Show. Check out this hilarious interview with a clueless, gun-toting State Congresswoman below.
This outspoken hip hop star is 1/4 Indian from her father’s side. Since her first album went platinum in less then 1 month she’s broken all sorts of Billboard chart records.