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L.A. Based Actor/Comedian Sid Veda -- AKA Chad on the Popular Nationwide Series of MetroPCS TV Commercials -- Joins Fellow Actor/Comedian Jack Black and Other Celebrities at the No Limit Texas Hold'em Celebrity Poker Tournament on October 29(October 18, 2011)
LOS ANGELES, CA -- (Marketwire) -- 10/18/11 -- For millions of TV viewers these past two years, Sid Veda (www.sidveda.com) has held the moniker: Chad, the Brillo haired, thickly mustachioed half of Ranjit and Chad, "hosts" of "Tech&Talk" on the hilarious series of commercials for mobile phone service provider MetroPCS. Anjul Nigam plays his zany cohort.
Veda will trade suits on October 29 to join actor/comedian Jack Black and a host of celebrities will 'ante-up' at the "All-In to Win for Hope" No Limit Texas Hold'em Celebrity Poker Tournament at Commerce Casino in Commerce, Calif. The celebrity poker tournament will benefit the Renal Support Network and Love Across the Ocean charities, and even award cash prizes.
As perhaps millions of Americans rushed to change carriers in the hopes of getting tech support from "Chad," Veda also played a similar role (character name: Manavendra) on a few episodes (including the pilot) of NBC's 2010-11 sitcom "Outsourced" directed by Ken Kwapis, simultaneously embracing and lampooning the stereotypes associated with his Eastern Indian heritage. Among numerous other commercial appearances, Veda's resume includes spots for Wendy's and a Super Bowl ad for Heineken starring Brad Pitt and directed by Golden Globe winner David Fincher ("The Curious Case of Benjamin Button," "The Social Network").
As a comic, Veda has opened shows for comedy stars Russell Peters (also of Indian heritage) at the New York Comedy Club in fall 2002 and for Chris Rock at the Hollywood Improv in April 2008.
Two prominent artists with Indian heritage were also key figures in Veda's decision to pursue acting after working several stints as an actuary and earning his MBA. In early 2004, he starred in "Huck and Holden" which ran in the Festival of New Works at NYU's Tisch School of the Arts.
Veda was also inspired by the mainstream success of actor Kal Penn, who was born in New Jersey to Indian immigrants; Penn broke through as Kumar in Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle and later starred as the title character in National Lampoon's Van Wilder: The Rise of Taj.
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