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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 series "Silicon 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 Showalter, it 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 June 23rd.

Nanjiani appeared earlier this year in the feature comedy "Fist Fight." His many memorable comedic film roles include "The Five-Year Engagement," produced by Judd Apatow, "Sex Tape," and "Hot Tub Time Machine 2," and, more recently, "Hello, My Name Is Doris," "Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates" and "Central Intelligence."

On television, Nanjiani is writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy Central's "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail," along with Jonah Ray. He has had roles on IFC's "Portlandia," TNT's "Franklin & Bash," the reality show parody "Burning Love" and Comedy Central's "Michael & 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" lists for Vulture, Village Voice and The AV Club, and was chosen as one of the five best stand-up albums 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.


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