Kumail Nanjiani

A comedic jack of all trades, Kumail Nanjiani never forgot his Pakistani roots even while riffing on the all-American life he had created for himself. He wrote for some of the hippest and most ground-breaking TV ... Read more »
Born: 02/21/1978 in Karachi, PK

Filmography

Actor (46)

Silicon Valley 2013 - 2017 (TV Show)

Actor

Animals. 2016 (Tv Show)

Voice

Hello, My Name Is Doris 2016 (Movie)

Nasir (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2016 (Tv Show)

Guest

Portlandia 2011 - 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

The X-Files 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Addicted to Fresno 2015 (Movie)

Damon (Actor)

Adventure Time With Finn and Jake 2010 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Archer 2015 (Tv Show)

Voice

Broad City 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bunk 2010 - 2012, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Contestant

Conan 2011, 2013 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Flock of Dudes 2015 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hell and Back 2015 (Movie)

Sal the Demon (Voice)

Hot Tub Time Machine 2 2015 (Movie)

Brad (Actor)

Inside Amy Schumer 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show 2010 - 2011, 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Kroll Show 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Last Week Tonight With John Oliver 2015 (Tv Show)

Special Appearance

Late Bloomer 2015 (Movie)

Rich (Actor)

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Guest

Misery Loves Comedy 2015 (Movie)

(Himself)

Newsreaders 2014 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Grinder 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail 2010 - 2015 (TV Show)

Host

Bob's Burgers 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Community 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Franklin & Bash 2010 - 2014 (TV Show)

Actor

Garfunkel and Oates 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Key & Peele 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sex Tape 2014 (Movie)

Punit (Actor)

The Pete Holmes Show 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

TripTank 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Bad Milo! 2013 (Movie)

Bobbi (Actor)

Drunk History 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Hell Baby 2013 (Movie)

Cable Guy (Actor)

Talking Dead 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Jeselnik Offensive 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Veep 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Five-Year Engagement 2012 (Movie)

Pakistani Chef (Actor)

Comedy Central's Hot List 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Life As We Know It 2010 (Movie)

Simon (Actor)

Ugly Americans 2010 (Tv Show)

Voice

Michael and Michael Have Issues 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2009 (Tv Show)

Guest

Biography

A comedic jack of all trades, Kumail Nanjiani never forgot his Pakistani roots even while riffing on the all-American life he had created for himself. He wrote for some of the hippest and most ground-breaking TV comedies of his era, and still found time to co-host a podcast about the nerd world of video games while putting together a weekly live show that helped put Los Angeles back on the map of stand-up. Born in Karachi, Pakistan in 1978, Nanjiani moved to Iowa with his family when he was 18. In college, he first discovered stand-up by listening to his uncle's tapes of comedy acts, and he became obsessed. By his junior year in college he began doing his own stand-up routines. His major in computer sciences, gave him a solid nerd-culture base for his act as he drifted slowly into the comedy world of New York City. He worked briefly as a writer on "Saturday Night Live" (NBC 1975- ), but his work on the short-lived sketch program "Michael and Michael Have Issues" (Comedy Central 2009) gave him his first taste of acting. The producers wanted the writers to also have bit parts on the show, and Nanjiani discovered that the acting informed his writing, and the writing improved his acting. Along with his burgeoning stand-up career, Nanjiani had small roles in the films "Life As We Know It" (2010) and "The Five Year Engagement" (2012). During this era, Nanjiani moved from New York to Los Angeles, where podcast impresario Chris Hardwick invited him to create a show about comic books. Since he knew video games much better, he convinced Hardwick to center the show on video game obsessions. The podcast, The Indoor Kids, was co-hosted by Nanjiani's wife, Emily Gordon. As if the television appearances, movies and podcasts weren't enough, Nanjiani also started co-hosting a weekly stand-up show in Los Angeles called The Meltdown, which was so successful that in 2014 Comedy Central signed it up to become one of the network's live comedy showcases. He also continued to act, appearing regularly as various characters on Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein's offbeat comedy series "Portlandia" (IFC 2011- ) and taking on a co-starring role in Mike Judge's satirical series "Silicon Valley" (HBO 2014- ).

EDUCATION

Grinnell College

Grinnell, Iowa 1997 - 2001
Double major in Philosophy/Computer Science

Milestones

2014

Co-starred in Mike Judge's HBO comedy series, "Silicon Valley"

2013

Stand-up hour "Beta Male" premiered on Comedy Central

2012

Created and hosted stand-up comedy show in Los Angeles for NerdMelt "The Meltdown"

2012

Created and hosted video game podcast "The Indoor Kids"

2011

Various roles on "Portlandia"

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