KUMAIL NANJIANI (Jay) is a critically acclaimed actor,
writer and comedian, perhaps
best known for his co-starring role as Dinesh on the award-winning HBO comedy
Valley." It won the TV Critics' Choice Award for Best Comedy Series last year
and has two Emmy
and Golden Globe wins, as well as several Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.
Nanjiani recently added feature film writing to his impressive list of
credits with "The Big
Sick," which he co-wrote with his wife, Emily V. Gordon. The film tells the
story of their real-life
relationship. Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel and directed by Michael
also stars Nanjiani in the lead role, opposite Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan and Ray
Romano. The film
premiered at the 2017 Sundance Film Festival to rave reviews and was released on
Nanjiani appeared earlier this year in the feature comedy "Fist Fight." His
memorable comedic film roles include "The Five-Year Engagement," produced by
"Sex Tape," and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," and, more recently, "Hello, My Name Is
and Dave Need Wedding Dates" and "Central Intelligence."
On television, Nanjiani is writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy
Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail," along with Jonah Ray. He has had roles on IFC's
TNT's "Franklin & Bash," the reality show parody "Burning Love" and Comedy
& Michael Have Issues," on which he also served as a staff writer. He recently
appeared in a
guest role on the return of "The X-Files" on FOX, and has appeared on
"Community," "Inside Amy
Schumer" and "Drunk History," among others.
His 2013 comedy special "Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male" was on several "Best of"
Vulture, Village Voice and The AV Club, and was chosen as one of the five best
of the year by Entertainment Weekly.
Nanjiani also hosts two podcasts, "The Indoor Kids" and "The X-Files Files."
He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.