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Kumail Nanjiani          

Pakistani-American Stand-Up Comedian and Actor Known for "The Meltdown," "Portlandia" and "Silicon Valley"

Originally born in Karachi, Nanjiani moved the US in the mid-1990s when he was 18 to attend school at the Grinnell College, located in Iowa. When he came to the US, he started watching comedians on television, particularly David Letterman and Jerry Seinfeld. After seeing a classmate of his perform stand-up comedy in college, Nanjiani decided to try his hand at it.

After graduating, Nanjiani moved to Chicago, performing stand-up and eventually getting spots on “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and Conan O’Brien’s late-night program on TBS. Subsequently, Nanjiani landed staff writing gigs on hit comedy shows like “The Colbert Report,” and “Michael and Michael Have Issues,” a short-lived Comedy Central Show about two friends named Michael.

In 2009, the comedy channel named Nanjiani as one of the year’s breakout comedians, alongside fellow desi comedian Aziz Ansari, for whom Nanjiani has opened at various stand-up comedy venues. Since then, Nanjiani has gone on to feature in increasingly bigger roles on both television and film, usually in guest roles.

He featured in HBO’s hit comedy “Veep,” starring “Seinfeld” co-star Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the US Vice-President. His biggest role to date came in the TNT legal farce “Franklin & Bash,” on which he played Pindar Singh, a science-fiction nerd who works with the title characters.

Now, Nanjiani is getting ready to take his “The Meltdown” national after playing in New York and Los Angeles for some time now. The show is an experiment stand-up comedy show that Nanjiani holds with his friend and co-writer Jonah Ray. The show has proved to be a big hit in its limited run so far, attracting the attention of big names like Robin Williams, Louis C.K. – who already has his own self-titled TV show on the FX channel – and Donald Glover, who is perhaps best known for his role on the NBC sitcom “Community.”

In “Silicon Valley,” Nanjiani will play one of five characters who come up with an idea for an IT product and start a company, an idea quite similar to the recently launched Amazon series “Betas.” The show will co-star T.J. Miller, best known to audiences from films like "Cloverfield" and "Unstoppable," and Martin Starr, who had a prominent role in the 2007 box-office smash "Knocked Up."

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Two of the funniest comedians around hosted the 31st Film Independent Spirit Awards, and they did not disappoint. Kate McKinnon and Kumail Nanjiani helped  ...

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