Actor, writer, comedian Aasif Mandvi (“Evil”) is set to host The CW’s new alternative series, WOULD I LIE TO YOU? where he also serves as an executive producer, the network announced today. Joining Mandvi are Emmy® nominated actor and comedian Matt Walsh (“Veep”) and actor and writer Sabrina Jalees (“Canada’s Got Talent”) who have been named team captains on the comedy panel show produced by Truly Original. The premiere of WOULD I LIE TO YOU? will be announced at a later date.
Based on the original, hit British series of the same name, WOULD I LIE TO YOU? is a hilarious comedy panel show that elevates the “art of lying,” featuring lightning-quick team captains joined by a stellar cast of celebrity guests, including Brooke Shields (“Jane the Virgin”), Emmy nominated actor, writer and talk show host Amber Ruffin (“The Amber Ruffin Show”), actor, writer, comedians Michael Ian Black (“Wet Hot American Summer”), Chris Gethard (“Space Force”), Dulcé Sloan (The Daily Show with Trevor Noah”) as well as former United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York Preet Bharara, who weave elaborate tales… that may or may not be the truth. Competing teams then ask questions and watch body language to determine which are crazy but true, and which are made-up stories.
Aasif Mandvi is a Peabody Award winning actor, writer, creator, comedian, author and producer. Widely known for his work as a correspondent on the multi-Emmy Award winning, “The Daily Show with Jon Stewart,” Mandvi is currently starring in two television series, “Evil,” and UK series “This Way Up.” He also lends his voice to the character of Sahil on “Mira, Royal Detective,” currently in season 2, and hosts a podcast.
In October 2020, Mandvi was presented with the “Inspiration Award” at the North Fork TV Festival. The award recognizes an actor or TV professional with a letter of commendation for their promotion of the arts and their work to encourage young people to excel in the arts. Aside from his art, Mandvi works closely with the ACLU defending individual rights and liberties including the Deportation Jamboree that he hosted and produced.
Matt Walsh is a two-time Emmy-nominated actor from the award-winning comedy series “Veep.” He is also one of the UCB 4, the founding members of the famed national improv-sketch comedy theatre Upright Citizens Brigade. UCB is based in Los Angeles and is the largest unaccredited university in the nation teaching improv performance and sketch writing technique.
Walsh can currently be seen in the upcoming film “Unplugging,” which he produced, co-wrote and stars in opposite Eva Longoria. He recently wrapped production on “Not An Artist,” in which he again stars and also wrote and produced. Finally, Walsh will be seen in the new “Father of the Bride” film scheduled to be released in 2022. In addition to his film and TV work, Walsh is a charitable founder of Gender Nation, which puts LGBTQ affirming books in elementary schools around the country. He also organizes an annual golf charity tournament called the Turkey Bird Classic, which benefits Defy Ventures, an organization that helps formerly incarcerated men and women “transform their hustle,” teaching them skills and providing education and mentorship that gives them a second chance at life.
Sabrina Jalees can most recently be seen as a judge on “Roast Battle Canada,” on her own quarter-hour comedy special, “The Comedy Lineup,” and in the series “Carol’s Second Act.” She has also appeared on “Search Party,” where she also served as a story editor. Additional appearances include “Transparent,” “The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore,” “Last Comic Standing,” “Adam Devinie’s House Party,” and “Best Week Ever.” Behind the camera, Jalees was a consulting producer on “Human Resources” and on animated series “Big Mouth,” where she also served as executive story editor. Jalees was a Co-Producer on the animated series “Harley Quinn,” as well as on the reboot of popular children’s series, “Fraggle Rock.” She was also an executive story editor on the popular series “They Mayor.”
Originally created by Banijay U.K. label Zeppatron, Banijay’s Emmy Award-winning Truly Original is producing the new, original WOULD I LIE TO YOU? series with Glenda Hersh, Steven Weinstock, Robert King, Michelle King, Liz Glotzer and Aasif Mandvi executive producing.