Kumail Nanjiani (pronounced /kuːˈmɛl.nɑːndʒ(i)ˈjɑːni/; koo-MEL-nahn-JYAH-nee) is a Pakistani American stand-up comic and actor.


Born in Karachi, Nanjiani lived in Pakistan until he moved to the United States when he was 18 and attended Grinnell College in Iowa. Since beginning his career in Chicago, he has performed standup on a number of television programs including the Late Show With David Letterman, Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and Conan. He also had a recurring role and was a staff writer on Michael & Michael Have Issues and has recurred on The Colbert Report.

In July 2011 he and Ali Baker began hosting a videogame-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.

Television work

In addition to guest-starring in various comedy shows like Portlandia, Nanjiani is starring in a supporting role in TNT's show Franklin & Bash. He plays the role of Pindar Singh, an agoraphobic science fiction nerd working for the main characters of the show, Jared Franklin and Peter Bash, who work for a high-profile law firm Infeld Daniels. Though agoraphobic, Pindar helps them a lot. He usually stays at home and converses and attends meetings through video chat.

Personal life

Nanjiani was raised as a Muslim, but became an atheist in later life. He was born in Karachi and moved to the US for college. He is married to Emily V Gordon.

External links

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