Utkarsh Ambudkar in White Famous in 2017
|Alma mater||Tisch School of Arts|
He was born in Baltimore, Maryland and grew up in the suburbs where his parents (who emigrated from India in the 1980s) were research scientists at the National Institutes of Health. He starred in comedy roles at Thomas S. Wootton High School in Rockville, Maryland, and he earned a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from the Tisch School of the Arts at New York University in 2004.
He is a former VJ for MTV Desi. He has appeared in the comedy film Pitch Perfect as the character Donald, and in the television shows The Mindy Project and The Muppets. He was set to star in the Fox series, Eat, Pray, Thug but the show was not picked up. Ambudkar originated the role of Aaron Burr in the developmental readings of Hamilton. Utkarsh was also seen in the Dungeons & Dragons campaign Force Grey: Giant Hunters and Force Grey: Lost City of Omu, hosted by Matthew Mercer. In that, he played the character "Hitch", a rogue with a nefarious past. He formerly played Raj on the sitcom Brockmire.
He was a member of the musical group 'The Beatards'.
Utkarsh has appeared in several Youtube sketch comedy skits including the comedy groups College Humor and Key and Peele.
He played Skatch, a con artist, in a deleted scene of the 2020 Disney live-action remake of Mulan. Around that time, he appeared in Disney's Godmothered, and will have a role in the action comedy Free Guy.
Since 2005, Ambudkar has been a part of hip-hop improv group Freestyle Love Supreme under the name UTK the INC. As part of the group, he participated in the limited television series for Pivot in 2014 and made his Broadway debut in the group's self-titled show on October 2, 2019. He played Jern in the 2019 film Brittany Runs a Marathon.
- The Gold Tusk EP (2006)
- Members Only EP (2012)
- Vanity (2019)
- Petty (2019)
|2015||Freaks of Nature||Parminder|
|2016||Ride Along 2||Amir|
|2016||Barbershop: The Next Cut||Raja|
|2018||Game Over, Man!||Bae Awadi|
|2019||Brittany Runs a Marathon||Jern Dahn|
|2020||The Broken Hearts Gallery||Max Vora|
|2021||Tom & Jerry||Real Estate Rat||Voice|
|2022||Marry Me||Coach Manny||Post-production|
|2006; 2010||The Electric Company||UTK; Harry||2 episodes|
|2011||Danni Lowinski||Rasoul||Television film|
|2012||Freestyle Love Supreme||UTK||Television film|
|2013||The Mindy Project||Rishi Lahiri||10 episodes|
|2016||The Simpsons||Jay (voice)||Episode: "Much Apu About Something"|
|2016||The Muppets||Pizza||3 episodes|
|2017||White Famous||Malcolm||10 episodes|
|2017||The Problem with Apu||Himself||Documentary|
|2018||Bartlett||Sanjay Kahn||4 episodes|
|2018–2020||Harvey Street Kids||Fredo (voice)||17 episodes|
|2020||Mira, Royal Detective||Chikku (voice)||Main cast|
|2020||Central Park||—||Songwriter: "The Park is Mine" (with Rafael Casal)|
|2004||History of the Word||Ali||Performances: Crossroads Theatre (October 16–24, 2004)|
|2005||The Me Nobody Knows||Performer||Staged Reading|
Performances: Vineyard Theatre (January 20–21, 2005)
|2005||The Snow Queen||Kay||Performances: Urban Stages (December 11, 2005 – January 15, 2006)|
|2007||History of the Word||Ali||Performances: Washington Irving High School (February 27 – March 3, 2007) & |
LaGuardia Performing Arts Center (March 7–10, 2007)
|2008||Rafta, Rafta...||Etash Tailor||Original Off-Broadway Cast|
Performances: Acorn Theater/The New Group (April 18 – June 21, 2008)
|2008||Animals Out of Paper||Suresh||Original Off-Broadway Cast|
Performances: McGinn/Cazale Theatre (August 4–24, 2008)
Nominated—Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play (2009)
|2009||Dov and Ali||Ali||Original Off-Broadway Cast|
Performances: Cherry Lane Theatre (June 5–27, 2009)
|2010||The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity||Vigneshwar Paduar||Original Off-Broadway Cast (Understudy) |
Performances: Second Stage Theatre
|2012||Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill
Us and How We Learn to Love Them
|Rahim||Original Off-Broadway Cast |
Performances: Second Stage Theatre (September 21 – November 4, 2012)
|2013||Hamilton||Aaron Burr||Vassar Workshop|
|2019||Freestyle Love Supreme||Himself||Original Off-Broadway Cast |
Performances: Greenwich House Theater (January 30 – March 2, 2019)
|2019–2020||Freestyle Love Supreme||Himself||Original Broadway Cast |
Performances: Booth Theatre (September 13, 2019 – January 12, 2020)
- "Let's Talk About Me, Baby with Utkarsh Ambudkar". Retrieved December 17, 2018.
- Caramanica, Jon (2019-09-26). "Utkarsh Ambudkar Finally Gets His Broadway Shot in 'Freestyle Love Supreme'". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
- Marks, Peter (September 26, 2019). "How chill can Broadway get? Lin-Manuel Miranda and company throw down some 'Freestyle Love' to find out". The Washington Post.
- Williams, Elizabeth (November 16, 2000). "A Comedy That'll Slay You". The Washington Post.
- Wilcher, Joel (March 29, 2001). "An 'Anything' With Everything". The Washington Post.
- Peitzman, Louis (8 January 2013). ""Pitch Perfect" Breakout Utkarsh Ambudkar Takes On "The Mindy Project"". BuzzFeed. Retrieved 7 May 2017.
- Andreeva, Nellie. "Utkarsh Ambudkar To Star In Fox Comedy 'Eat Pray Thug' Inspired By Rapper Heems". Deadline Hollywood.
- "Heems' TV Show Is Not Happening". Pitchfork. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
- Utkarsh Ambudkar and Nisha Ganatra Reveal What Has (and Hasn't) Changed in Hollywood, retrieved 2019-11-14
- "Disney Casts 'Mulan' Love Interest (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
- "Ryan Reynolds strikes a pose with 'Free Guy' cast as filming ramps up in Boston | Boston.com". www.boston.com. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
- PRODUCTION HAS BEGUN ON NEW DISNEY+ MOVIE "GODMOTHERED"
- "Lin-Manuel Miranda on bringing Freestyle Love Supreme to TV". EW.com. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
- Peikert, Mark (2019-06-18). "Lin-Manuel Miranda's Freestyle Love Supreme Coming to Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved 2019-10-04.
- "Members Only EP by UTK the INC". Bandcamp.
- Harnick, Chris (May 29, 2020). "Central Park Is Here to Give You New Music by Sara Bareilles, Darren Criss and Many More". E! Online. Retrieved June 6, 2020.
- Jones, Kenneth (October 16, 2004). "Hip-Hop History of the Word Speaks Its Mind Oct. 16–24 at Crossroads Theatre Co. in NJ". Playbill. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Daniels, Robert L. (October 21, 2004). "Review: 'History of the Word'". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Simonson, Robert (January 20, 2005). "Scott Schwartz to Direct New Reading of Musical The Me Nobody Knows". Playbill. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Graeber, Laurel (December 30, 2005). "Ice, Ice Baby: Urban Twists on an Old-Fashioned Tale". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- "The Snow Queen". urbanStages. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Pincus-Roth, Zachary (February 27, 2007). "Vineyard and Queens Theatre's History of the Word Begins Feb. 27". Playbill. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Allen, Kerri (March 6, 2007). "History of the Word". Backstage. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Cooper, Amanda. "A CurtainUp Review: History of the Word". CurtainUp. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
Especially charming is Utkarsh Ambudkar as the ROTC-bound Ali, whose stage presence and timing are undeniably spot-on.
- "The New Group Presents 'Rafta, Rafta' Opening Tonight!". BroadwayWorld. May 8, 2008. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Brantley, Ben (May 9, 2008). "No Sex, Please, We're British Indians". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- "Animals Out of Paper Production Information". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Gates, Anita (August 5, 2008). "Works Well With Paper, Has Trouble With Life". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- "2009 Nominations by Category". The Lucille Lortel Awards. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
- "Playwrights Realm's DOV AND ALI Runs Thru 6/27". BroadwayWorld. June 16, 2009. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Jaworowski, Ken (June 12, 2009). "A Jew and a Muslim, Firing Words After School". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- "The Elaborate Entrance of Chad Deity Off-Broadway Cast". BroadwayWorld. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Hetrick, Adam (September 21, 2012). "Jon Kern's Modern Terrorism, With Utkarsh Ambudkar and Steven Boyer, Premieres at Second Stage Sept. 21". Playbill. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Stasio, Marilyn (October 18, 2012). "Review: 'Modern Terrorism, or They Who Want to Kill Us and How We Learn to Love Them'". Variety. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Isherwood, Charles (October 18, 2012). "Funny, but Plotting Havoc Isn't Easy, 'Modern Terrorism,' by Jon Kern, at the Second Stage Theater". The New York Times. Retrieved November 22, 2015.
- Paulson, Michael (October 29, 2018). "Lin-Manuel Miranda Puts Freestyle Love Supreme Back Onstage". The New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
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- Green, Jesse (February 12, 2019). "Review: At 'Freestyle Love Supreme,' Attention Must Be Paid. Really". The New York Times. Retrieved May 5, 2019.
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- Clement, Olivia (November 5, 2019). "Freestyle Love Supreme Extends on Broadway". Playbill. Retrieved November 7, 2019.