Kumail Ali Nanjiani
May 2, 1978
|Education||Grinnell College (BA)|
|Relatives||Shereen Nanjiani (cousin)|
Kumail Ali Nanjiani ( /kʊˈmeɪlˌnɑːndʒiˈɑːni/ ;  , Sindhi : ڪوميل علي ننجياڻي, Urdu: کمیل علی ننجیانی; born May 2, 1978)  is a Pakistani-American stand-up comedian and actor. He is known for his role as Dinesh in the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley (2014–2019) and for co-writing and starring in the romantic comedy film The Big Sick (2017). For co-writing the latter with his wife, Emily V. Gordon, he was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay. In 2018, Time magazine named him one of the 100 most influential people in the world. 
Nanjiani has also voiced Prismo on the animated series Adventure Time and starred in the TNT series Franklin & Bash and the Adult Swim series Newsreaders . He also co-hosted the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail , as well as playing various roles on the comedy series Portlandia . He also starred as Kingo in the Marvel Studios superhero film Eternals (2021), which is set in the Marvel Cinematic Universe (MCU), starred as street-level con artist Haja Estree in the Disney+ miniseries Obi-Wan Kenobi , and played celebrity scientist Vik in the television series The Boys Presents: Diabolical and The Boys . In 2022 he starred in the lead role of the Hulu miniseries Welcome to Chippendales .
Nanjiani grew up in Karachi,  the first of two sons of a Sindhi Muslim couple Shabana and Aijaz Nanjiani.  The BBC radio presenter Shereen Nanjiani is his second cousin.    During his childhood, he lived in Karachi and attended St. Michael's Convent School for his O-Levels and graduated from Karachi Grammar School to complete his A-Levels, where he was the class-fellow of Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy. At 18, he moved to the U.S. and enrolled at Grinnell College in Grinnell, Iowa, where he graduated in 2001 with a double major in computer science and philosophy.    He then moved to Chicago and began performing stand-up comedy at open-mic events. 
In 2007, Nanjiani wrote and staged an original autobiographical one-man show in Chicago, New York, and Los Angeles.  After moving to New York, he continued to perform stand-up and made occasional appearances on shows including Michael & Michael Have Issues and The Colbert Report .  In 2009, he performed at the Just for Laughs comedy festival.  In 2011, Nanjiani and X-Play staffer Ali Baker began hosting a video game-themed podcast, titled The Indoor Kids . In late August 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 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 fiction nerd working for the title characters.
Nanjiani guest-starred on HBO's Veep as a statistician. He had the recurring roles of Amir Larussa on Newsreaders and Prismo on Adventure Time . His Comedy Central special Beta Male aired in July 2013.  In late June 2013, Comedy Central announced the pickup of 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 April 2014, he began playing the character Dinesh in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley .  He voiced Reggie in the video game The Walking Dead: Season Two .  In July 2014, Nanjiani hosted a weekly podcast titled The X-Files Files, dedicated to discussion and reminiscences about The X-Files . Each episode features Nanjiani and a guest, including former The X-Files writers, producers, actors and directors, in light-hearted banter about one or two episodes of the series.   On July 30, 2014, Nanjiani appeared on Ken Reid's TV Guidance Counselor Podcast. 
In 2015, Nanjiani guest-starred in the Broad City episode "In Heat".  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 .  On May 5, 2015, he appeared on the Inside Amy Schumer episode "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer", a parody of 12 Angry Men , as one of the jurors.  In July 2015, Nanjiani provided guest voices on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero . 
In 2017, Nanjiani starred in the romantic comedy film The Big Sick , which he wrote with Gordon.  The film is about their relationship, with Nanjiani playing himself and Zoe Kazan playing Gordon (renamed Emily Gardner). The film was one of the most acclaimed of 2017, and was chosen by American Film Institute as one of the top 10 films of the year and nominated for the Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.   The film was also the third-highest-grossing independent film released in 2017, grossing over $40 million. 
In 2018, he was invited to the actors and writers branch of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. 
In 2019, Nanjiani headlined the first episode of the CBS All Access revival of the anthology series The Twilight Zone. For his role on The Twilight Zone, Nanjiani received a nomination for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series. In film, Nanjiani voiced the alien Pawny in Men in Black International , which was released on June 14.    Nanjiani stated, "I play an alien so you won't see my face but you'll hear my voice, I'm a little alien frog/lizard... thing."  Nanjiani also stars in the action comedy film Stuber , released on July 12.   In 2020, Nanjiani lent his voice to Plimpton, an ostrich, in the adventure comedy film Dolittle .  He also wrote for and produced the Apple TV+ anthology series Little America , which premiered in January 2020. The series is based on the story collection of the same name from Epic Magazine which focuses on stories from immigrants. To promote the series, Nanjiani appeared at the Apple Event of March 25, 2019.   Nanjiani starred with Issa Rae in the comedy-chase film The Lovebirds , directed by Michael Showalter, produced by Paramount Pictures, and released by Netflix in May 2020. 
In March 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nanjiani and his wife Emily Gordon launched a podcast, Staying In with Emily and Kumail.  The series chronicles their experiences as a couple forced to live in isolation during the global pandemic. The podcast has been widely acclaimed in the media, as a welcome respite during a period of high anxiety.  GQ described it as "consistently endearing, actually useful, and often hilarious."  New York magazine relates that "all advice is shared via cute and charming banter." 
He starred in the Marvel Cinematic Universe film Eternals , as Kingo, which was released on November 5, 2021.  Nanjiani received widespread attention and went viral  after sharing pictures of his body transformation for the shooting of Eternals in 2019.   Speaking with GQ, he noted how he has since become less comfortable to speak about his body due to the intense amount of attention it received online.   In March 2021, Nanjiani was announced as cast in an upcoming Obi-Wan Kenobi series for Disney+.  In February 2020, Nanjiani signed on to star in The Independent , a political thriller to be directed by Amy Rice, though he ultimately dropped out of the role. 
In 2022, Nanjiani starred in the Hulu miniseries Welcome to Chippendales in the lead role of Somen Banerjee, founder of the Chippendales dance troupe. 
On March 24, 2023 it was confirmed that Nanjiani had joined the cast of the upcoming untitled Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel. 
In 2007, Nanjiani married author, producer, and former couples and family therapist Emily V. Gordon at Chicago City Hall.  She was the producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail (2014–2016). 
Despite being a devout Muslim for most of his life, Nanjiani now identifies as an atheist.  Nanjiani is an avid video gamer.  
This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources .(November 2022)
|2010||Life as We Know It||Simon|
|2012||The Five-Year Engagement||Pakistani Chef|
|2013||The Kings of Summer||Gary the Delivery Guy|
|Hell Baby||Cable Guy|
|2014||The Last of the Great Romantics||George the Counter Guy|
|Hot Tub Time Machine 2||Brad|
|Addicted to Fresno||Damon|
|Hello, My Name Is Doris||Nasir|
|Hell and Back||Dave the Demon||Voice role|
|2016||Central Intelligence||Jared the Airport Security Guard||Cameo[ citation needed ]|
|Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates||Keanu|
|Flock of Dudes||Ro|
|The Late Bloomer||Rich|
|2017||The Big Sick||Kumail Nanjiani||Also writer and executive producer|
|Fist Fight||Officer Mehar|
|A Happening of Monumental Proportions||HR Rep Perry|
|Funny: The Documentary||Himself|
|The Lego Ninjago Movie||Jay||Voice role|
|Men in Black: International||Pawny||Voice role|
|The Lovebirds||Jibran||Also executive producer|
|2023||Untitled Ghostbusters: Afterlife sequel||Filming|
|2008||Saturday Night Live||Indian Reporter||Episode: "James Franco/Kings of Leon"; uncredited[ citation needed ]|
|2009||The Colbert Report||Various characters||2 episodes|
|Michael & Michael Have Issues||Kumail||Main role|
|2010||Ugly Americans||Neilando Patel||Voice role; episode: "Treegasm"|
|2011||Traffic Light||Paul||Episode: "Where the Heart Is"|
|CollegeHumor Originals||Vendor||Episode: "Batman Chooses His Voice"|
|2011–2014||Franklin & Bash||Pindar Singh||Main role (seasons 1–3), guest role (season 4)|
|2011–2018||Portlandia||Various characters||Recurring role; 13 episodes|
|2012–2016||Adventure Time||Prismo||Recurring voice role; 7 episodes|
|2013–2015||Newsreaders||Amir Larussa||Correspondent; 11 episodes|
|2013||Burning Love||Zakir||Main role (seasons 2–3)|
|Drunk History||Lakota Chief||Episode: "Nashville"|
|Ghost Ghirls||Mr. Mattoo||Episode: "I Believe in Mira-ghouls"|
|Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male||Himself||Stand-up special|
|2014||Math Bites||Showoff Guy||Episode: "Math Heads: Do Math in Your Head"|
|The Pete Holmes Show||Dhalsim||Episode: "Erin Hamlin and Kate Hansen"|
|TripTank||Dick Genie||Voice role; 4 episodes|
|Garfunkel and Oates||Jordan||Episode: "Hair Swap"|
|Key & Peele||College Kid #1||Episode: "Scariest Movie Ever"|
|2014–2015||Bob's Burgers||Skip||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|Community||Custodian Lapari||2 episodes|
|2014–2016||The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail||Himself||Host; also executive producer|
|2014–2019||Silicon Valley||Dinesh Chugtai||Main role|
|2015||Broad City||Benny Calitri||Episode: "In Heat"|
|Archer||Farooq Ashkani||Voice role; episode: "Sitting"|
|Inside Amy Schumer||Juror #11||Episode: "12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer"|
|Scheer-RL||Mariah Carey||Episode: "Mariah Carey"|
|Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero||Cuteling Mayor||Voice role; episode: "The Ripple Effect"|
|Aqua Teen Hunger Force||Frylock's bees||Voice role; episode: "Sweet C"|
|The Grinder||Prosecutor Leonard||2 episodes|
|2016||The X-Files||Pasha||Episode: "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster"|
|Animals||Rusty||Voice role; episode: "Dogs."|
|31st Independent Spirit Awards||Himself||Host|
|2016–2017||HarmonQuest||Eddie Lizard||2 episodes|
|2016–2022||Bee and PuppyCat: Lazy In Space||Howell||Voice role; 2 episodes|
|2017||Saturday Night Live||Himself||Host; episode: "Kumail Nanjiani/Pink"|
|2018||RuPaul's Drag Race||Judge; episode: "Drag Con Panel Extravaganza"|
|2019||The Twilight Zone||Samir Wassan||Episode: "The Comedian" |
|2019–2021||Bless the Harts||Jesus Christ||Main voice role|
|2020||Little America||—||Executive producer and writer|
|Kal Penn Approves This Message||Himself||Episode: "Kal Penn Approves Education"|
|Death to 2020||Bark Multiverse||Television special|
|2021||Big Mouth||Himself||Voice role; Episode: "No Nut November"|
|2022||Murderville||Episode: "Most Likely to Commit Murder" |
|The Simpsons||Theo||Voice role; "You Won't Believe What This Episode Is About..."|
|The Boys Presents: Diabolical||Vik||Voice role; "Boyd in 3D"|
|Obi-Wan Kenobi||Haja Estree||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|Bee and Puppycat||Howell Wizard||Voice role; 3 episodes|
|The Boys||Vik||Cameo; "Herogasm"|
|Welcome to Chippendales||Somen "Steve" Banerjee||Miniseries; main cast; also executive producer |
|2023||History of the World, Part II||Vātsyāyana||Episode: "I"|
|2013||The Walking Dead: Season Two||Reggie|
|2017||Mass Effect: Andromeda ||Jarun Tann|
|Middle-earth: Shadow of War||The Agonizer|
|2009||Jake and Amir||Kumail||4 episodes|
|2015||Hunt the Truth||Mshak Moradi |
|2017||Game Grumps||Himself||1 episode; on the same episode as Paul Scheer|
|Movie Fights||Himself||1 episode; on the same episode as Paul Scheer|
|2019||Achievement Hunter||Himself||1 episode|
|Gay of Thrones||Himself||1 episode; "Gay Of Thrones S8 E4 Recap"|
|Hot Ones||Himself||1 episode|
|2020||Reunited Apart||Himself||1 episode; "Ghostbusters"|
This section of a biography of a living person does not include any references or sources .(November 2022)
|2017||The Big Sick||Academy Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|Critics' Choice Movie Awards||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|Best Actor in a Comedy||Nominated|
|Detroit Film Critics Society||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|Kanbar Award for Storytelling||Won|
|Gotham Awards||Best Screenplay||Nominated|
|Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association||Best Original Screenplay||Nominated|
|Independent Spirit Awards||Best First Screenplay||Won|
|NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Writing in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Screen Actors Guild Award||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Nominated|
|Silicon Valley||Critics' Choice Television Awards||Best Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Self||San Diego International Film Festival||Auteur Award||Won|
|2019||The Twilight Zone||Primetime Emmy Awards||Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series||Nominated|
|2021||Little America (episode: "The Rock")||NAACP Image Awards||Outstanding Writing in a Comedy Series||Nominated|
|Little America||Independent Spirit Awards||Best New Scripted Series||Nominated|
|British Academy Television Awards||International Program||Nominated|
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