Aasif Mandavi’s All-Star Deportation Jamboree full of laughs and support


City Winery welcomed big names from comedy, music, and activism for last night’s exuberant All-Star Deportation Jamboree.

Led by Aasif Mandavi, the show gathered big names like Lewis Black, Wanda Sykes, Anoushka Shankar, Connie Britton, Questlove, Mandy Patinkin, Heems, Grace Weber, Hasan Minaj, Roy Wood, Jr., Sasheer Zamata, Maysoon Zayid, Seth Herzog, Aparna Nancherla and Rajiv Satyal to help raise money for American Civil Liberties Union and International Rescue Committee.

Wanda Sykes 042617-Al Pereira (3)Sasheer Zamata 042617-Al Pereira (9) Riz and Heems 042617-Al Pereira (4)Aasif Mandvi 042617-Al Pereira (8)photos courtesy Al Pereira


Mandavi wrote about the importance of the cause on his instagram: “As an immigrant and the child of immigrants I want to raise as much money and as many voices as we possibly can to support the work of the ACLU and the IRC as they fight for the rights of immigrants and refugees.”

Rajiv Satyal 042617-Al Pereira (5) Questlove 042617-Al Pereira (10)photos courtesy Al Pereira


Between laughs (including one of Questlove’s Prince stories) and songs (capped by Riz’s poignant piece about stereotypes), the room was filled with solidarity and good spirits. By the time Mandavi declared his call to action for involvement and support, the crowd was ready to join him in the fight.

Lewis Black 042617-Al Pereira (6) Grace Weber 042617-Al Pereira (20) Connie Britton 042617-Al Pereira (7)Aasif Mandvi 042617-Al Pereira (1)photos courtesy Al Pereira


Thank you to everyone who joined us for this important night and helped raise $100,000 for the ACLU and IRC!