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Indo-Canadian ‘Superwoman’ awarded for ‘Best First-Person Series’

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New York: Popular Indo-Canadian online personality and comedienne Lilly Singh, also known as Superwoman, has won an award for the ‘Best First-Person Series’, a media report said.

Beating four other online personalities, Singh won the ‘Streamy Award’ at the VH1’s ‘5th Annual Streamy Awards’ function that was held in Los Angeles on September 17, India-West online portal reported on Friday.

Born to parents originally from Punjab, Lilly Singh is strongly connected to her Punjabi heritage. The “rapper”, “entertainer”, “vlogger” and “motivational speaker” holds a bachelor’s degree in Psychology from York University. In her YouTube channel – ||Superwoman||, she speaks mostly on daily issues faced by the youth –especially today’s average Punjabi youth– and holds a comic, yet humanitarian approach to various topics. The comedienne who sports tattoos in the Punjabi script on her left and right wrist reading Nirbhau (without fear) and Nirvair (without hate), has in her interview with People magazine, spoken about her long period of depression and how she started making videos as a process of self-healing and to make others feel happier.

“Feeling so blessed and grateful for winning Best First Person Series at the #Streamys tonight,” Singh tweeted after receiving the award.

“I’ve got to thank Team Super, my fans — you are the most loyal, dedicated, passionate, wonderful people. For my friends, my family, my parents, who let me not be a doctor—a thank you,” she was quoted as saying in an 11-second acceptance speech video.

The 26-year-old was also nominated for the ‘Entertainer of the Year’ award but lost to 21-year-old Cameron Dallas of Chino Hills, California.

On September 11, Singh entertained her fans at ‘YouTube FanFest Australia’ by performing on her songs “LEH” and “IVIVI” to a full house at Qantas Credit Union Arena in Sydney.

After beginning her YouTube channel in October 2010, her videos have gathered over 730 million views and her channel has over six million subscribers.

 

(With inputs from 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)