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Kumail Nanjiani Tells Conan About a 'Silicon Valley' Scene That Disappointed His Mother

Meltdown hosts Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani paid a visit to Conan last night, and Nanjiani told a story about nearly winning his hard-to-impress mother over through his work on HBO's Silicon Valley only to completely disappoint her again with an image of him making love to the symbol of American freedom.

Watch the Pilot for 'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' on Amazon for Free

Comedy Central's new standup series The Meltdown doesn't premiere until July 23rd, but the pilot is already available for viewing on Amazon Instant Video for free. The episode's lineup includes Steve Agee, David Koechner, Neal Brennan, Moshe Kasher, and plenty of cuts to the backstage scene with Meltdown producer and Nanjiani's wife Emily Gordon, so get ahead of the curve by watching the free episode now over at Amazon.

Breaking Down 'Silicon Valley's Flawed Characters and Promising Debut Season

Silicon Valley’s fourth episode, “Fiduciary Duties,” ends with Richard and Erlich as they leave Peter Gregory’s office, where they spy an old photo of Gregory with Pied Piper rival, Hooli CEO Gavin Belson. In the image, they’re about the same age as Richard and Erlich, who turn back to Gregory. “Is that you and Gavin Belson? Were you guys friends?” And the always-brief Gregory simply replies, “I thought so.”

When the show debuted at South by Southwest, creator Mike Judge described it as being about how in the tech world, "the most successful people are the ones least prepared to handle it." The show must be viewed through [...]

'Silicon Valley's Skewering of the Tech Industry Feels Spot-On

A few weeks ago, South by Southwest offered an advance screening of the first two episodes of Mike Judge's new sitcom, Silicon Valley. It was shown as part of the festival's Episodic section, a new addition this year. Janet Pierson, Head of SXSW Film, stated the decision came after seeing how well the premiere of Lena Dunham’s Girls did in 2012, and she viewed it as a way to broaden the festival’s offerings — and stay vital — at a time when TV is offering so much interesting work. Judging from the reaction of the 600-plus film and tech nerds piled into the Austin Convention Center's Vimeo Theater, SXSW was [...]

Tig Notaro and Kumail Nanjiani Visit Natasha Leggero's Hot Tub

Here's the latest episode of Natasha Leggero's JASH talk show Tubbin' with Tash, in which she and sidekick Pig Bottom (Moshe Kasher) are visited by comedians Kumail Nanjiani and Tig Notaro, who insists on keeping her suit on in the hot tub.

Talking to Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray About 'The Meltdown'

The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail premieres on Comedy Central tonight as an eight-episode, half-hour standup showcase based on the very popular weekly alt show hosted by Kumail Nanjiani and Jonah Ray in Meltdown Comics’ NerdMelt Theater and produced by Emily Gordon. The show will feature a range of comedians many of whom have appeared on the live show in the four years it’s been a part of the Los Angeles comedy scene including Marc Maron, Jim Gaffigan, Adam Scott, Maria Bamford, and Moshe Kasher.

I caught up with Nanjiani and Ray and talked with them about translating their show to TV, working with director Lance Bangs, and making [...]

'The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail' Premieres July 23rd; Will Feature Nick Offerman, Weird Al and More

Comedy Central is premiering its newest standup series, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, on July 23rd at 12:30am, Splitsider has learned, and the show has one hell of an impressive lineup, including performances from Adam Scott, Nick Offerman, TJ Miller, Reggie Watts, Maria Bamford, and tons more.

Hosted by Jonah Ray and Kumail Nanjiani, The Meltdown is a half-hour eight-episode standup showcase based on the duo's Los Angeles live show of the same name, one of the most popular standup shows in town. Ray and Nanjiani have been hosting the live show from the NerdMelt Theater since 2011. The Comedy Central version will feature about four comedians per episode and [...]

Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon Share the Fascinating Story Behind Their Marriage

Cosmo has a great interview with comedy couple Kumail Nanjiani and Emily Gordon in which they detail the super interesting and intense story behind their marriage, which involved three weddings, keeping their marriage a secret early on, and a near-tragic coma.

Kumail Nanjiani Plays the Unmarketable Dhalsim in 'Street Fighter Red Tape'

In the newest installment of Pete Holmes's Street Fighter-themed web series, Kumail Nanjiani plays the slow and stretchy Indian yogi Dhalsim, who Holmes calls out for being completely unmarketable and a walking contradiction who doesn't even know what yoga is.

Kumail Nanjiani, Natasha Leggero, and More Perform in the Trailer for Season 2 of 'This Is Not Happening'

Ari Shaffir's Comedy Central storytelling web series This Is Not Happening is set to premiere its second season on November 5th, and here's trailer for it that features David Koechner, Moshe Kasher, Kurt Braunohler, Joe Rogan, Kumail Nanjiani, Natasha Leggero, and more.

The Inside Story of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail

“I’ve always been fascinated with the moment people go from being a just a group in a room to one unit – for me, that’s the most interesting thing on the planet,” says Emily Gordon, co-producer of The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail. “Movies do that, and church does that, and comedy shows do that, and I always wanted to make an environment where that happens.”

Every Wednesday night, it happens in an unlikely place: the dim, unfinished back room of a comic book shop on Sunset Boulevard. 

Just a few blocks east of Los Angeles’ biggest comedy clubs, the NerdMelt Showroom is home to one of [...]

Kumail Nanjiani Launches a New Podcast That Will Break Down Every Episode of 'The X-Files'

Comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, Portlandia) is hosting a new podcast called The X-Files Files, which will find Nanjiani and a guest breaking down a different episode of The X-Files every week until he's done all the episodes.

The show is a part of podcast network Feral Audio, which also houses Dan Harmon's Harmontown, Call Chelsea Peretti, and more. Film critic Devin Faraci is Nanjiani's guest on The X-Files Files' first episode, which tackles the first two episodes of The X-Files. This marks the second podcast Nanjiani hosts. The other is The Indoor Kids, a video game show on Nerdist that he co-hosts with his producing partner/wife Emily V. Gordon.

Watch Kumail Nanjiani and Conan O'Brien Play a Game of "Tweet or Literature"

Here's a clip from Kumail Nanjiani's visit with Conan last night, where he introduces his new short but genius (and also somewhat depressing) game "Tweet or Literature," which Conan passes with flying colors.

The Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show: The Meta Game with The Indoor Kids and Patrick Cassels

This week on this extra curricular Jeff Rubin Jeff Rubin Show, Jeff appears on a cross-over podcast episode with the Indoor Kids' Kumail and Emily, with Patrick Cassels as well. They play the Meta Game and during it they have to make arguments for why dodgeball is the most stressful thing, why saying Google will get you laid, and why Hungry Hungry Hippos is the best symbol for people who have no friends.

"Kids are taught communication skills in school, they are taught English, but are they ever taught silence, are they ever taught the importance of listening? They are taught art and music, but are they ever [...]