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Bashir Salahuddin (born July 6, 1976) is an American actor, writer, and comedian.[1]

Bashir Salahuddin
Born (1976-07-06) July 6, 1976 (age 43)
Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
EducationWhitney M. Young Magnet High School
  • Actor
  • Writer
  • Comedian
Spouse(s)Chandra Russell

Early lifeEdit

Salahuddin was born and raised in the South Side of Chicago, Illinois. His father is originally from Panama and had moved to Chicago with his family when he was a child. His mother grew up in the West Side of Chicago. They met when they both were students at Southern Illinois University and converted to Islam in the early 1970s. His parents divorced in the early 2000s. Salahuddin grew up with three brothers and two sisters and has two younger siblings from his father's second marriage.[2] Salahuddin's father worked as an airplane mechanic for Midway Airlines at Chicago Midway International Airport. As family members of an airline employee, the family was able to fly on many stand-by trips across the US. Salahuddin and all of his siblings were able to go to college. He credits his father with instilling in him what he refers to as the "immigrant work ethic".[2]

Salahuddin was a pre-medical student at Harvard University, graduating in 1998. He did a lot of theatre at Harvard, including at the Hasty Pudding.[2] He also met and became friends with Diallo Riddle, who would become his writing partner.[3] In his junior year at Harvard, Salahuddin decided he wanted to be an actor and attended the Hangar Theatre's training program.


After graduating from Harvard, Salahuddin returned to Chicago and worked as a paralegal in order to save money to be able to move to Los Angeles.[2] When he got to Los Angeles in the early 2000s, he worked as a PA at Warner Brothers and as a waiter.[2] Not getting the work they wanted, Salahuddin and Riddle began making their own web videos.[2] David Alan Grier saw their videos and hired them as a writing team on his show Chocolate News in 2008. Jimmy Fallon then asked them to join the writing staff of Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and they moved to New York. They stayed on the show for four years.[2]

In January 2016, it was confirmed that the half-hour comedy series Brothers in Atlanta, (based on a 2013 pilot) that HBO had commissioned from Salahuddin and Riddle, had been cancelled.[4][5] In March 2016, Salahuddin was cast as the male lead in a Hulu pilot comedy, Crushed, co-starring with Regina Hall.[6] In June 2016, the production company Lionsgate announced they were moving production of the pilot from North Carolina to Canada due to North Carolina's governor signing a controversial anti-LGBT law as well as tax incentives available to the production in Vancouver.[7]

As an actor, Salahuddin has appeared on Superstore, Snatched, Arrested Development, Single Parents, Looking and The Mindy Project. He was cast as a recurring character on the Netflix show GLOW, which premiered in 2017.[8]

Together with Riddle, Salahuddin created the comedy show South Side, which premiered on Comedy Central on 24 July 2019. The show centers around two recent community college graduates trying to become entrepreneurs in Chicago's South Side, portrayed by Salahuddin's brother Sultan and Kareme Young. Salahuddin, his wife Chandra Russell and Riddle also star.[9][10]

Salahuddin and Riddle also created the comedy show Sherman's Showcase, which premiered on IFC on 31 July 2019. The show is part parody of, part hommage to shows like Soul Train, American Bandstand or The Midnight Special. Guest stars include John Legend, Questlove, Quincy Jones, Natasha Bedingfield, Tiffany Haddish and Eliza Coupe.[11][12][13]

In 2018, it was announced that Salahuddin was cast in Tom Cruise's 2020 action drama Top Gun: Maverick.[14] In 2019, Salahuddin was cast in a leading role in The 24th, a film about the all-black Twenty-Fourth United States Infantry Regiment and the Houston Riot of 1917. The film is co-written and directed by Kevin Willmott.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Salahuddin got married to actress Chandra Russell in 2017. They have a daughter.[2]




Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Award Category Nominated work Result
2011 63rd Primetime Emmy Awards Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music, or Comedy Series (shared with the others)
Late Night with Jimmy Fallon
2012 64th Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy/Variety (Including Talk) – Series (shared with the others) Nominated
2017 69th Writers Guild of America Awards Comedy/Variety – Sketch Series (shared with the others)
Maya & Marty
2018 24th Screen Actors Guild Awards Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Comedy Series (shared with the others)


  1. ^ "Bashir Salahuddin | Bio | South Side". Comedy Central Press. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  2. ^ a b c d e f g h "Episode 1044 - Bashir Salahuddin". WTF with Marc Maron Podcast. August 12, 2019. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  3. ^ "This Late-Night Comedy Duo Created Two of the Summer's Funniest New Shows". Time. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  4. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (January 22, 2016). "'Brothers in Atlanta' Comedy Series Not Going Forward at HBO". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  5. ^ Tambay A. Obenson (May 13, 2016). "HBO Buries Diallo Riddle/Bashir Salahuddin 'Brothers in Atlanta' Series". IndieWire. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  6. ^ "Bashir Salahuddin to Star in Hulu Pilot 'Crushed'". The Hollywood Reporter. March 3, 2016. Retrieved July 12, 2017.
  7. ^ "Lionsgate Pulls Hulu Pilot 'Crushed' From North Carolina After Anti-Gay Bill". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  8. ^ Adams, Erik (June 22, 2017). "GLOW almost sells pro wrestling better than the real (fake) thing". TV Club. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  9. ^ Bradley, Laura (July 24, 2019). "Comedy Central's South Side Is a Raucous Summer Must-Watch". Vanity Fair. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  10. ^ South Side (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb, retrieved August 15, 2019
  11. ^ Nussbaum, Emily (August 12, 2019). ""Sherman's Showcase" Celebrates a Lost TV Genre". The New Yorker. ISSN 0028-792X. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  12. ^ "'Sherman's Showcase': TV Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  13. ^ Sherman's Showcase (TV Series 2019– ) - IMDb, retrieved August 15, 2019
  14. ^ "Top Gun 2 Is Rounding Out Its Cast". CINEMABLEND. August 22, 2018. Retrieved August 15, 2019.
  15. ^ Jr, Mike Fleming; Jr, Mike Fleming (June 4, 2019). "'BlackKklansman' Co-Writer Kevin Willmott Gets Underway Directing 'The 24th', Drama On 1917 Houston Riot And Aftermath". Deadline. Retrieved August 15, 2019.

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