Big Yay! to Pratima Mani for representing South Asians at the Emmys and doing it with flare. Our hearts swelled as she sashayed down the red carpet in an embellished sari and what’s more – Mani even got the opportunity to get on the stage when Stephen Colbert’s Election Night 2020: Democracy’s Last Stand Building Back America Great Again Better 2020 won the Outstanding Variety Special (Live) – 2021 award.
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Pratima Mani is a comedic writer and actor currently based in NYC. Born in India and raised in the Middle East, she has studied improv and sketch at the Magnet Theater under Rick Andrews, Russ Armstrong, Louis Kornfeld, and Peter McNerney, and sketch at UCB under Geoff Garlock and Rachel Mason.
She currently writes for The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and has previously written and/or performed for UCBT’s Maude Night, Reductress, The Belladonna, College Humor’s Featured Players Program, and more. She’s a former semi-finalist for the Made In NY Writer’s Room and was recently selected for Spotify’s Sound Up program. Pratima Mani is also known for Genie Cop (2017), and PITtv (2007).
Making this Emmys moment even more memorable was Conan O’Brien as he crashed the stage during Stephen Colbert’s acceptance speech and stayed there during the entire time.
The Emmys this year made history when Michaela Coel won an award for best writing for the limited series “I May Destroy You,” becoming the first Black woman to win it. In her acceptance speech, the 33-year-old actor-writer dedicated the show to survivors of sexual assault. “I dedicate this story to every single survivor of sexual assaults,” she said.
But the 73rd Primetime Emmy Awards concluded on a disappointing note. While setting a record for diversity, with 49 black or indigenous people of color (BIPOC) nominated across all categories, all major acting trophies went to white actors at the Emmys 2021.
We hope we will see more diverse winners from next year.
Not competent enough to sit idle and stare as the world goes by, Pallavi is optimistic to a fault and believes in building her world on her own rather than depending on others to make things right.