February 21, 1978 |
|Alma mater||Grinnell College|
|Occupation||Actor, stand-up comedian, podcast host, writer|
|Spouse(s)||Emily V. Gordon (m. 2007)|
Kumail Nanjiani (born February 21, 1978) is a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian, actor, writer, and podcast host. Nanjiani is best known for his role as a main cast member on HBO's Emmy Award-nominated series Silicon Valley, as well as for providing the voice of Prismo on the Emmy Award-winning animated series Adventure Time. In addition he's starred on the TNT series Franklin & Bash and the Adult Swim series Newsreaders. He also co-hosts the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. In addition to his television and film work, he hosts two podcasts: The Indoor Kids 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 video game-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. Until other commitments took over, he appeared regularly on Dan Harmon's podcast Harmontown, where he played Dungeons & Dragons with Harmon as a character named Chris de Burgh. He played a delivery man in the 2013 film, The Kings of Summer.
In addition to guest-starring in various comedy shows like Portlandia, Nanjiani was featured in a supporting role in the TNT series Franklin & Bash. He played the role of Pindar Singh, an agoraphobic science fiction nerd working for the title characters. In 2015, Nanjiani guest-starred in an episode of Broad City called "In Heat".
Nanjiani guest-starred on HBO's Veep as a statistician. He currently has the recurring role of Amir Larussa on Newsreaders, as well as Prismo on Adventure Time. His Comedy Central special titled Beta Male aired in July 2013.
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.
In July 2014, Nanjiani hosted a weekly podcast titled The X-Files Files, dedicated to discussion and fond reminiscences about The X-Files. Each episode features him and a guest, including former The X-Files writers, producers, actors and directors, in light-hearted banter centered around either one or two episodes of the series.
Starting on March 22, 2015 he provided his voice for the character of Mshak Moradi in the Hunt the Truth audio drama, part of the marketing campaign for Halo 5: Guardians. He is also reprising his role in Season 2 of the same.
In November 2015 he starred in an Old Navy TV commercial together with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and Snoop Dogg. In April 2016, he starred in another Old Navy advertisement with SNL cast members Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong, and Nasim Pedrad.
Nanjiani is married to Emily V. Gordon, an author, comedy producer, and former couples and family therapist. 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.
|2010||Life as We Know It||Simon|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Pakistani Chef|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Gary the Delivery Guy|
|2013||Hell Baby||Cable Guy|
|2014||The Last of the Great Romantics||George the Counter Guy|
|2015||Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Brad|
|2015||Addicted to Fresno||Damon|
|2015||Hello, My Name Is Doris||Nasir|
|2015||Hell and Back||Dave the Demon||Voice|
|2016||Central Intelligence||Airfield Security Guard|
|2016||Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||Keanu|
|2016||Flock of Dudes||Ro|
|2016||The Late Bloomer||Rich|
|2017||The Big Sick||Kumail||Also writer|
|2017||Fist Fight||Officer Mehar|
|2017||The Lego Ninjago Movie||Jay (voice)||Filming|
|2008||Saturday Night Live||Indian Reporter||Uncredited
Episode: "James Franco/Kings of Leon"
|2009||The Colbert Report||Omar / Homer / Secret Prisoner||2 episodes|
|2009||Michael & Michael Have Issues.||Kumail||7 episodes|
|2010||Ugly Americans||Neilando Patel (voice)||Episode: "Treegasm"|
|2011||Traffic Light||Paul||Episode: "Where the Heart Is"|
|2011||CollegeHumor Originals||Vendor||Episode: "Batman Chooses His Voice"|
|2011||Googy||Dwane / Dwayne||6 episodes|
|2011–14||Franklin & Bash||Pindar Singh||31 episodes|
|2012–16||Adventure Time||Prismo (voice)||7 episodes|
|2013–15||Newsreaders||Amir Larussa||11 episodes|
|2013||Burning Love||Zakir||17 episodes|
|2013||Drunk History||Lakota Chief||Episode: "Nashville"|
|2013||Ghost Ghirls||Mr. Mattoo||Episode: "I Believe in Mira-ghouls"|
|2014–present||Silicon Valley||Dinesh Chugtai||28 episodes|
|2014||Math Bites||Showoff Guy||Episode: "Math Heads: Do Math in Your Head"|
|2014||The Pete Holmes Show||Dhalsim||Episode: "Erin Hamlin and Kate Hansen"|
|2014–16||The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail||Himself (host)||24 episodes|
|2014||TripTank||Dick Genie (voice)||4 episodes|
|2014||Garfunkel and Oates||Jordan||Episode: "Hair Swap"|
|2014||Key and Peele||College Kid #1||Episode: "Scariest Movie Ever"|
|2014–15||Bob's Burgers||Skip (voice)||Episodes: "Best Burger"; "Glued, Where's My Bob?"|
|2014–15||Community||Custodian Lapari||2 episodes|
|2015||Broad City||Benny Calitri||Episode: "In Heat"|
|2015||Archer||Farooq Ashkani (voice)||Episode: "Sitting"|
|2015||Inside Amy Schumer||Juror #11||Episode: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"|
|2015||Scheer-RL||Mariah Carey||Episode: "Mariah Carey"|
|2015||Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Cuteling Mayor (voice)||Episode: "The Ripple Effect"|
|2015||Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Frylock's bees (voice)||Episode: "Sweet C"|
|2015||The Grinder||Prosecutor Leonard||Episodes: "Pilot"; "Full Circle"|
|2016||The X-Files||Pasha||Episode: "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster"|
|2016||Animals.||Rusty (voice)||Episode: "Dogs."|
|2016||Harmonquest||Eddie Lizard||Episode: "The Dragons Quest."|
|2013||The Walking Dead: Season Two||Reggie|
|2015||Fight Haver (Fast Drive)||Fight Haver|
|2017||Mass Effect: Andromeda|
|2017||Game Grumps||Himself||1 episode|
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- Xbox Wire Staff (May 17, 2015). "Halo 5: Guardians #HuntTheTruth – Has the Master Chief Gone AWOL?". News.xbox.com.
- Holmes, Linda (May 6, 2015). "Amy Schumer Puts Her Own Looks On Trial". NPR.org. Retrieved May 10, 2015.
- "New Listings for Disney XD – July 2015". The Disney Driven Life. June 30, 2015. Retrieved July 1, 2015.
- Liviu Marica. "Old Navy: Snoopin' Around featurig Snoop Dogg". Daily Commercials. Retrieved November 23, 2015.
- Kumail Nanjiani: Space Frog. BioWare Base. 15 February 2017.
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