Kumail Nanjiani (born February 21, 1978, age 39) is a Pakistani-American comedian, actor, screenwriter, and podcast host.

He was born in the Pakistani city of Karachi in the province of Sindh and raised as a Shia Muslim.

At age 18, he moved to the United States and attended Grinnell College, a private liberal arts school in Iowa, from which he graduated in 2001 with a dual degree in Computer Science and Philosophy.

KUMAIL NANJIANI: AGE, RELIGION, EARLY CAREER

Nanjiani started off as a podcast host: in 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.

He also played recurring roles on the TNT legal comedy-drama series Franklin & Bash, the Cartoon Network show Adventure Time, and the Adult Swim series Newsreaders. 

Nanjiani then hosted the Comedy Central stand-up comedy television series The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail with Jonah Ray from 2014 to 2016 (three seasons). Gordon served as a producer and booker for the show.

In July 2014, Nanjiani hosted a weekly podcast titled The X-Files Files, dedicated to discussion and fond reminiscences about The X-Files.

In 2015 and 2016, he starred in Old Navy commercials with Snoop Dogg, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, and Saturday Night Live cast members Jay Pharoah, Cecily Strong and Nasim Pedrad. 

KUMAIL NANJIANI: SILICON VALLEY AND THE BIG SICK

Nanjiani gained fame in April 2014 by playing sarcastic and romantically unsuccessful programmer Dinesh Chutgai on the HBO comedy series Silicon Valley. 

His first lead role in a feature film came in 2017, when he starred in and co-wrote (with Gordon) the romantic comedy The Big Sick. Directed by Michael Showalter and produced by Judd Apatow, the movie is based on the true story of how Nanjiani and his wife (played by Zoe Kazan) met and how he bonded with her parents (played by Ray Romano and Holly Hunter) while she was in the hospital with a serious illness. The movie, which partly dealt with themes of cultural clashes between Americans and Pakistanis, earned rave reviews.

Nanjiani also hosted SNL for the first time on Oct. 14, 2017 with musical guest P!nk.

He also had a voice role in the animated comedy The Lego Ninjago Movie, and minor roles in the comedies Brother Nature (2016) and Fist Fight (2017).

KUMAIL NANJIANI & EMILY GORDON VIDEO EXCLUSIVE: THE BIG SICK

In an exclusive interview with uInterview, Nanjiani and Gordon discussed their movie and how accurate to reality it was, their relationship baggage, and what it was like to work with comedy and screen-acting legends, Ray Romano and Holly Hunter.

KUMAIL NANJIANI: QUOTES, NET WORTH

Nanjiani has an estimated net worth of $2 million, according to celebritynetworth.com.

Quotes:

On Silicon Valley: “We only hear success stories. You don’t hear about the hundreds and hundreds – the overwhelming majority that don’t go anywhere. This is a more realistic portrayal of what happens in startups.”

“My stories take three or four months to fix, and it’s not magical of a process. Ultimately it’s a boring, difficult process. I write everything out, and then the parts I think are funny I put in bold. Then I go perform it. Then the parts that aren’t funny, I unbold them.”

“The whole religion of Islam is based on reward and punishment and reward and punishment, and it becomes a part of how you think of everything. Even yourself.”

“I thought of America as this crazy, happy, exciting place where everybody’s rich and there’s stuff everywhere. Compared to Pakistan, it’s not untrue.”

Check out Nanjiani’s full uInterview here:

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