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Ottawa: Indian-Canadian comedienne Lilly Singh has earned a nomination in the “2015 Teen Choice Awards” to be held in Los Angeles on August 16, a media report said.

Photo credit: twitter.com
Photo credit: twitter.com

Lilly Singh, 26, popularly known by her YouTube username “Superwoman”, was nominated in “Choice YouTuber” and “Choice Web Star: Comedy” categories, US-based Celebuzz website said on Wednesday.

“HOLY BUCKETS OF AWESOME SAUCE! We have been nominated for TWO #TeenChoice awards! You can vote on FB,” Lilly Singh wrote in a Twitter post.

Lilly Singh is also a motivational speaker. She is particularly known for her satirical takes on everyday life.

Born in Ontario to Malwinder and Sukhwinder Singh, she is known among her fans for uploading videos on YouTube every Monday and Thursday.

Lilly Singh has admitted to struggling with depression and unhappiness before she started her YouTube stint.

Later, she began creating YouTube videos to self-medicate and feel happier.

“One of the reasons she decided to pursue a career as a YouTuber is because there was a lack of representation of women on the internet from the South Asian community,” the report said.

She has gained popularity for her satirical takes on themes like “How Girls Get Ready”, “Types of Kids at School” and “Girls On Their Periods”.

In addition to making YouTube videos, she has a website under the name “Unicorn Island” which sells merchandise based on her YouTube persona.

She has also been featured in many songs, such as “Hipshaker”, alongside Jassi Sidhu.

Last year, she performed the rap part of the song “Mauj Ki Malharein”, which featured in the Bollywood film “Gulaab Gang”.

(IANS)

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From Lilly Singh to Mindy Kaling, Indian Origin Actors who are Creating Waves on American TV Shows

Mindy played Kelly Kapoor in "The Office" sitcom from 2005 to 2013. Recognition for her work on "The Office" include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010

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Lilly Singh, Canadian born with Indian roots, is popular across the globe as Superwoman. She rose to fame with her YouTube channel. Wikimedia

From Kunal Nayyar to Lilly Singh and Mindy Kaling, many actors of Indian origin are creating waves on American television shows.

Here are some of them:

* Kunal Nayyar: He rose to fame as Rajesh Ramayan Koothrappali or Raj on the show “The Big Bang Theory”. Kunal, a British-born Indian actor, was also seen in shows like “Prison Break” and “The Mindy Project”.

* Kal Penn: The “Harold & Kumar” actor is known for portraying Dr. Lawrence Kutner on the television programme “House”. In 2016, he began playing Seth Wright in the political drama “Designated Survivor” and later served as host of the game show “Superhuman”.

* Hasan Minhaj: The Indian-American comedian found global fame when he gave words to his story through the stage production turned comedy special “Homecoming King”. After doing some gigs, Hasan got his big break when he became a part of “The Daily Show”. Hasan recently received a backlash from netizens over his stint on Netflix show “Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj” in which he took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Kunal, a British-born Indian actor, was also seen in shows like “Prison Break” and “The Mindy Project”. Wikimedia

* Lilly Singh: Lilly Singh, Canadian born with Indian roots, is popular across the globe as Superwoman. She rose to fame with her YouTube channel. In 2017, she was ranked 10th on the Forbes list of the world’s highest paid YouTube stars. On the small screen, Lilly will be hosting a new late night talk show for NBC titled “A Little Late with Lilly Singh”.

* Mindy Kaling: An Indo-American actress, comedian, writer and producer, Mindy played Kelly Kapoor in “The Office” sitcom from 2005 to 2013. Recognition for her work on “The Office” include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010. She gained wider attention for creating, writing, producing and starring in “The Mindy Project” comedy series.

* Aziz Ansari: The Indian-American actor is known for his role as Tom Haverford on the series “Parks and Recreation”, and as creator and star of the Netflix series “Master of None”. Ansari began his career performing stand-up comedy in New York City in the mid-2000s while attending New York University. In 2007, he created and starred in the MTV sketch comedy show “Human Giant”, which ran for two seasons.

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Mindy played Kelly Kapoor in “The Office” sitcom from 2005 to 2013. Recognition for her work on “The Office” include a Primetime Emmy Award nomination for Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series in 2010. Wikimedia

* Padma Lakshmi: Born in Chennai, Padma Lakshmi has been the host of the US cooking competition programme “Top Chef” since season two in 2006, for which she received an Emmy nomination in 2009 for Outstanding Reality Host.

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* Sendhil Ramamurthy: Born to Tamil parents, Sendhil is best known for his role as geneticist Mohinder Suresh in the sci-fi drama “Heroes”. He has also been a part of shows like “Grey’s Anatomy”, “Numb3rs”, “CSI: Miami”, “Beauty & the Beast”, “Family Guy” and “New Amsterdam”.

* Punam Patel: The actress is set as a series regular opposite Kenan Thompson and Andy Garcia in single-camera comedy pilot “The Kenan Show”. She will reportedly play Erica, Kenan’s loyal friend and co-worker. (IANS)