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.


Nanjiani lived in Karachi and attended Karachi Grammar School until he moved to the United States at 18 and attended Grinnell College in Iowa from which graduated in 2001.[3][4][5] Since beginning his career in Chicago, he has performed standup on a number of television programs including the Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. He also had a recurring role and was a staff writer on Michael & Michael Have Issues and has appeared on The Colbert Report and Burning Love.

He was named one of Comedy Central's breakout comedians of 2009, along with Nick Kroll, Aziz Ansari, Whitney Cummings, Donald Glover, Matt Braunger, T.J. Miller, Anthony Jeselnik, and Jon Lajoie.

In July 2011, he and 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 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.

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 Robots coming up on Comedy Central and plays the voice of Prismo, an "almighty" being of infinite power on 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 entitled Beta Male aired in July 2013.[7]

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 will feature Nerd Melt comedy regulars and various comedians and is slated to air in early 2014.[8]

In April 2014, he began as the character Dinesh in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley.

Personal life[edit]

Nanjiani was raised as a Shi'ite Muslim, but became an atheist in later life.[9] 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. [10]


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