BA #094: Kumail Nanjiani

August 31, 2015 | 12:13 am |

Kumail Nanjiani Podcast Interview

So you can keep episode ninety-four inside the pocket of your ripped jeans, holdin’ it closer ’til your eyes meet! On the ninety-fourth Box Angeles comedian Kumail Nanjiani (Silicon Valley, The Meltdown) stops by Studio 309. He discusses growing up in a corrupt Pakistan, attending Grinnell College in Iowa, starting stand up in Chicago, writing a one man show that opened up a lot of doors, never being comfortable, and more!


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The BA #094 Breakdown
– Box rants forgetting to write things down.
– Drinking and rituals.
– Growing up in a violent, corrupt Pakistan and being a shy, studious kid.
– Plan to leave the country and getting bullied after switching high schools.
– Attended Grinnell College thinking America was all the same and moving to Chicago.
– Working for the University of Chicago and jumping into stand-up after watching HBO specials.
– Performing regularly at The Lyon’s Den open mic and never doing improv.
– Writing a one man show for Lakeview Theater and opening on the road for Zach Galifianakis.
– Moving to NYC, doing the show at UCB and getting a spot on Invite Them Up at Rififi.
– Touring with with big names and getting a writing job for Michael & Michael Have Issues.
– Getting an NBC development deal and landing Franklin & Bash before moving to LA.
– Mike Judge adding a part to Silicon Valley and never being comfortable.
– Kumail describes what he does in three words.
– Kumail answers why show business, why Hollywood and his favorite part of LA.
– Kumail discusses who he enjoys to watch and who he’d like to work with.
– Kumail’s favorite thing he has done and how he defines success.
– Choose your own adventure sign-off.


STUDIO BEER – Golden Road, Heal the Bay IPA



For more Kumail, catch him in ‘Silicon Valley‘ on Amazon or listen to his podcasts The Indoor Kids & The X-Files Files and follow him on Twitter @kumailn.

An aspiring actor, Mike ‘Box’ Elder hates forgetting things. Follow him on Twitter @boxangeles.