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      Kumail Nanjiani

      Kumail Nanjiani

      Highest Rated: 98% The Big Sick (2017)

      Lowest Rated: 14% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 (2015)

      Birthday: Feb 21, 1978

      Birthplace: Karachi, Pakistan

      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, comic and writer Emily V. Gordon. As if the television appearances, movies and podcasts weren't enough, Nanjiani also started co-hosting a weekly stand-up show in the back room of a Los Angeles comic book store called The Meltdown alongside fellow comic Jonah Ray. The show, which featured rising and known comics doing new, improvisational and experimental material, was so successful that in 2014 Comedy Central signed it up to become one of the network's live comedy showcases; the shows ended in 2016 when the pair's other duties began taking too much of their time. Nanjiani 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- ). Nanjiani and Gordon branched into screenwriting with "The Big Sick" (2017), an autobiographical comedy about their courtship that starred Nanjiani as himself and Zoe Kazan as Emily.

      Highest rated movies

      The Big Sick poster The Big Sick The Lovebirds poster The Lovebirds Brother Nature poster Brother Nature Milo poster
      Duck Butter poster Duck Butter Eternals poster Eternals Death to 2020 poster Death to 2020 Stuber poster Stuber




      47% 77% Eternals Kingo (Character) $164.9M 2021
      45% 60% Death to 2020 Unknown (Character) - 2020
      66% 50% The Lovebirds Jibran (Character),
      Executive Producer
      - 2020
      15% 76% Dolittle Plimpton (Voice) $77.0M 2020
      42% 79% Stuber Stu (Character) $22.4M 2019
      23% 66% Men in Black: International Pawny (Voice) $80.0M 2019
      55% 40% Duck Butter Jake (Character) $6.3K 2018
      88% 64% Poop Talk Self - 2017
      55% 46% The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Jay (Voice) $59.3M 2017
      98% 88% The Big Sick Kumail (Character),
      Executive Producer
      $42.9M 2017
      25% 40% Fist Fight Mehar (Character) $32.2M 2017
      20% 23% The Late Bloomer Rich (Character) - 2016
      36% 47% Flock of Dudes Ro (Character) - 2016
      57% 29% Brother Nature Riggleman (Character) - 2016
      38% 51% Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates Keanu (Character) $46.0M 2016
      32% 29% Addicted to Fresno Damon (Character) - 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Loaded Raza (Character) - 2015
      14% 26% Hot Tub Time Machine 2 Brad (Character) $12.3M 2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Burning Love 3: Burning Down the House Unknown (Character) - 2014
      No Score Yet 89% Burning Love 2 Zakir (Character) - 2014
      16% 33% Sex Tape Punit (Character) $38.5M 2014
      57% 42% Milo Bobbi (Character) - 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Arrangement Alfred Dalton (Character) - 2013
      30% 61% Life as We Know It Simon (Character) $53.4M 2010


      No Score Yet 28% The Jennifer Hudson Show Guest 2023
      71% 61% Welcome to Chippendales Somen "Steve" Banerjee (Character),
      Executive Producer
      No Score Yet 0% The Talk Guest 2022
      No Score Yet 24% The Late Late Show With James Corden Guest 2015-2018 2020 2022
      97% 90% Little America Executive Producer 2020 2022
      No Score Yet 50% The Late Show With Stephen Colbert Guest 2016-2017 2020 2022
      No Score Yet 55% The Kelly Clarkson Show Guest,
      No Score Yet 7% The View Guest 2017 2022
      No Score Yet 59% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2014-2015 2017 2020-2022
      No Score Yet 10% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2009 2016-2017 2019-2022
      82% 63% Obi-Wan Kenobi Haja (Character) 2022
      85% 75% The Simpsons Theo (Guest Voice) 2022
      97% 74% The Boys Presents: Diabolical Vik (Character) 2022
      74% 77% Murderville Unknown (Guest Star) 2022
      No Score Yet 0% The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2018-2021
      No Score Yet 45% The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon Guest 2017 2021
      82% 60% Bless the Harts Jesus (Guest Voice),
      Unknown (Voice),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Close Up With The Hollywood Reporter Guest 2017 2020
      No Score Yet 87% Conan Guest 2011-2020
      94% 92% Silicon Valley Dinesh (Character) 2014-2019
      No Score Yet 76% Good Talk With Anthony Jeselnik Guest 2019
      No Score Yet 66% Desus & Mero Guest 2019
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen Guest 2017 2019
      66% 46% The Twilight Zone Samir Wassan (Character) 2019
      94% 79% Portlandia Unknown (Guest Star) 2011-2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Variety Studio: Actors on Actors Guest 2018
      No Score Yet 48% Saturday Night Live Host 2017
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 29% The Daily Show Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 88% At Midnight With Chris Hardwick Guest 2017
      41% 61% Chelsea Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 100% The Meltdown With Jonah and Kumail Executive Producer,
      No Score Yet 88% Bob's Burgers Skip (Guest Voice) 2014 2016
      74% 85% The X-Files Pasha (Guest Star) 2016
      100% 92% Adventure Time Prismo (Guest Voice) 2012 2014-2016
      No Score Yet 80% Last Week Tonight With John Oliver Himself (Guest Star) 2015
      88% 88% Community Lapari (Guest Star) 2014-2015
      90% 86% Archer Farooq Ashkani (Guest Voice) 2015
      99% 86% Broad City Benny Calitri (Guest Star) 2015
      61% 91% Franklin & Bash Pindar Singh (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      100% 91% Garfunkel and Oates Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Larry King Now Guest 2014
      No Score Yet 100% The Pete Holmes Show Guest 2013-2014
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Funny as Hell Unknown (Character) 2014
      No Score Yet 80% King of the Nerds Unknown (Guest Star) 2014
      No Score Yet 81% Drunk History Unknown (Guest Star) 2013
      93% 90% Veep Statistician (Guest Star) 2013
      67% 66% Traffic Light Unknown (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 20% John Oliver's New York Stand-Up Show Unknown (Character) 2011
      No Score Yet 20% Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Guest 2010