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Nanjiani speaking at Wondercon 2012 in Anaheim, California on March 17, 2012
February 21, 1978 |
|Other names||Kumail Nanga-jani|
|Occupation||Actor, stand-up comedian|
|Spouse(s)||Emily V. Gordon|
Kumail Nanjiani (/ / koo-MEL-nahn-JYAH-nee; born 21 February 1978) is a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian, actor and podcast host. He starred on the TNT series Franklin & Bash and co-hosts the show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. Nanjiani is also a regular on HBO's Silicon Valley. On top of his television and film work, he host two podcasts: The Indoor Kids which is a production of Nerdist and The X-Files Files.
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. 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. 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.
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 title characters.
In late June 2013, Comedy Central announced the pickup of a show The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail hosted by Jonah Ray and Nanjiani. The show, featuring Nerd Melt comedy regulars and various comedians, began airing in July 2014.
As of July 2014[update], Nanjiani hosts a weekly podcast titled The X-Files Files, dedicated to discussion and fond reminiscences about The X-Files . Each episode features Nanjiani and a guest in light-hearted banter centered around one or two favorite episodes.
Nanjiani is married to Emily V. Gordon, an author, comedy producer, and former couples and family therapist with two Master's degrees. She is the booker and producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, a comedy show that began airing on Comedy Central in July 2014. She also co-hosts Nerdist Industries' videogame-centric podcast The Indoor Kids with her husband. Gordon's written work has appeared in Bust, Jane, Lemondrop, Rookie, Hello Giggles, and on TV.com. 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.
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