Kumail Nanjiani

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Kumail Nanjiani
Kumail Nanjiani by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Nanjiani speaking at Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim, California on March 17, 2012
Born (1978-02-21) February 21, 1978 (age 36)[1][2]
Karachi, Pakistan
Other names Kumail Nanga-jani
Ethnicity Pakistani
Citizenship American
Occupation actor, stand-up comedian
Years active 2008–present
Spouse(s) Emily V. Gordon

Kumail Nanjiani (/kˈmɛl nɑːn(i)ˈjɑːni/ koo-MEL-nahn-JYAH-nee) (born in Karachi, Pakistan on 21 February 1978) is a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor.


During his childhood, Nanjiani lived in Karachi and attended Karachi Grammar School. At 18, he moved to the United States and attended Grinnell College in Iowa from which he graduated in 2001.[3][4][5] He completed a double major in Computer Science and Philosophy.

In July 2011, he and X-Play staffer Ali Baker began hosting a videogame-themed podcast, titled The Indoor Kids. In late August of the same year Baker left the show and Nanjiani began hosting with his wife, Emily V. Gordon.[6] He also appears regularly on Dan Harmon's podcast Harmontown, where he plays Dungeons & Dragons with Harmon as a character named Chris de Burgh. He played a delivery man as a cameo in the 2013 film, The Kings of Summer.[7]

In addition to guest-starring in various comedy shows like Portlandia, Nanjiani is starring in a supporting role in the TNT series Franklin & Bash. He plays the role of Pindar Singh, an agoraphobic science fiction nerd working for the main characters of the show. He also has an animated comedy, titled Robots, coming soon on Comedy Central, where he plays the voice of Prismo, an almighty being of infinite power from the TV show Adventure Time. Nanjiani also guest-starred on HBO's Veep as a statistician. He currently has the recurring role of Amir Larussa on Newsreaders. His Comedy Central special titled Beta Male aired in July 2013.[8]

In late June 2013, Comedy Central announced the pickup of a show The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail hosted by Jonah Ray and Nanjiani.[9] The show will feature Nerd Melt comedy regulars and various comedians and is slated to air in early 2014.[10]

In April 2014, he began playing the character Dinesh in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley.[11] He also voiced Reggie from the Walking Dead Season 2 videogame.[12] In June 2014, Nanjiani announced he would be hosting a weekly podcast, titled The X-Files Files, where he and a guest would be dedicated in discussing almost every X-Files episode.[13]

Personal life[edit]

Nanjiani was raised as a Shi'ite Muslim, but became an atheist in later life.[14] He is married to Emily V. Gordon, a former therapist who co-hosts the podcast The Indoor Kids with Nanjiani. In addition, Gordon produces The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, a weekly live comedy show associated with Nerdist.[15] He is related to the Pakistani-Scottish radio presenter Shereen Nanjiani.[16][17]

Emily V. Gordon[edit]

Emily V. Gordon is an author, comedy producer, and former couples and family therapist. She is the booker and producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, a live show that will air on Comedy Central in July 2014. She also co-hosts Nerdist Industries' videogame-centric podcast The Indoor Kids with her husband.[18] Gordon's written work has appeared in Bust, Jane, Lemondrop, Rookie, Hello Giggles, and on TV.com.[19][20] She was the Program Director of Nerdist Showroom at Meltdown from 2011 to 2012. She is also active on two personal blogs: Gynomite and Do You Think You're Pretty.


  1. ^ Konigsberg, Eric (1 November 2009). "It's Not a Bad Time to Be Funny in the City". The New York Times. 
  2. ^ "Twitter / TVsJonDore: Happy Birthday Kumail Nanjiani!!". Twitter.com. 2011-02-21. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  3. ^ "Interview with Comedian Kumail Nanjiani ’01 | Grinnell College". Grinnell.edu. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  4. ^ Konigsberg, Eric (1 November 2009). "For Kumail Nanjiani, A Good Time to Be Funny". New York Times. Retrieved 23 April 2011. 
  5. ^ Kavner, Lucas (4 April 2014). "'Silicon Valley,' a Comedy Central project and a killer bidet joke: Kumail Nanjiani has it all". Washington Post. Retrieved 14 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "The Indoor Kids #1 Steve Agee". Nerdist. 15 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "The Kings of Summer Red-Band Trailer". Collider.com. 2013-05-20. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  8. ^ Sims, David (2013-07-23). "Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male · Comedy Review · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  9. ^ Nerdmelt. "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail". Nerdmeltla.com. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Comedy Central Greenlights ‘The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail’ – Ratings | TVbytheNumbers". Tvbythenumbers.zap2it.com. 2013-06-20. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  11. ^ [1] April 4, 2014 Washington Post
  12. ^ Casey, Dan (2014-05-13). "GAME REVIEW: THE WALKING DEAD SEASON 2: IN HARM’S WAY". Nerdist Industries. Retrieved 2014-05-27. 
  13. ^ Eakin, Marah (June 9, 2014). "Kumail Nanjiani to take on every episode of The X-Files in new podcast". A.V. Club. Retrieved June 29, 2014. 
  14. ^ Wolinsky, David (2007-08-23). "Kumail Nanjiani · Interview · The A.V. Club". Avclub.com. Retrieved 2014-04-22. 
  15. ^ "What Working With My Spouse Has Taught Me About Work and Love.". xoJane. 2012-08-22. Retrieved 2014-06-29. 
  16. ^ "Live From San Francisco! | Kevin Allison Presents: RISK! Live Show & Podcast!". Risk-show.com. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  17. ^ "BBC Radio Scotland - Shereen, 01/09/2012, Extended Interview with Kumail Nanjiani". Bbc.co.uk. 2012-09-01. Retrieved 2013-02-13. 
  18. ^ Konigsber, Eric. "It’s Not a Bad Time to Be Funny in the City", "New York Times", 30 October 2009. Retrieved on 4 March 2014.
  19. ^ Gordon, Emily. "Authors: Emily V Gordon" "XOJane.com". Retrieved on 4 March 2014.
  20. ^ Seabaugh, Julie. "Emily V. Gordon and Kumail Nanjiani: Nerds of a Feather", "LA Weekly Blog", 18 May 2012. Retrieved on 4 March 2014

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