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18 Amusing Secrets About Kumail Nanjiani

1. He also co-hosts the Comedy Central show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail.

2. On top of his television and film work, he hosts two podcasts: The Indoor Kids and The X-Files Files.

3. He was raised as a Shia Muslim, but became an atheist in later life.

4. During his childhood, Nanjiani lived in Karachi and attended Karachi Grammar School.

5. At 18, he moved to the United States and attended Grinnell College in Iowa from which he graduated in 2001.

6. In July 2011, he and X-Play staffer Ali Baker began hosting a video game-themed podcast, titled The Indoor Kids.

7. He played a delivery man as a cameo in the 2013 film, The Kings of Summer.

8. In addition to guest-starring in various comedy shows like Portlandia, Nanjiani was featured in a supporting role in the TNT series Franklin & Bash.

9. He played the role of Pindar Singh, an agoraphobic science fiction nerd working for the title characters.

10. In 2015, Nanjiani guest-starred in an episode of Broad City called “In Heat”.

11. He currently has the recurring role of Amir Larussa on Newsreaders, as well as Prismo on Adventure Time.

12. In late June 2013, Comedy Central announced the pickup of a show The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail hosted by Jonah Ray and Nanjiani.

13. In April 2014, he began playing the character Dinesh in the HBO sitcom Silicon Valley.

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

15. Each episode features him and a guest, including former The X-Files writers, producers, actors and directors, in light-hearted banter centered around either one or two episodes of the series.

16. Starting on March 22, 2015 he provided his voice for the character of Mshak Moradi in the Hunt the Truth audio drama, part of the marketing campaign for Halo 5: Guardians. He is also reprising his role in Season 2 of the same.

17. On May 5, 2015, he appeared on Inside Amy Schumer in the episode “12 Angry Men Inside Amy Schumer”, a parody of 12 Angry Men, as one of the members of the jury.

18. In July 2015, Nanjiani provided guest voices on Aqua Teen Hunger Force and Penn Zero: Part-Time Hero.

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