Kumail Nanjiani

 

Comedian and podcast host Kumail Nanjiani is the star of the Academy Award-nominated film, The Big Sick, and HBO’s hit comedy series, Silicon Valley. Born in Pakistan, Nanjiani has drawn on his immigrant experience to inform much of his comedy and commentary. In his semi-autobiographical feature, The Big Sick, Nanjiani plays an onscreen version of himself who must grapple with many of the challenges faced by immigrants across the country. From his own family’s prejudices to those of his new girlfriend’s parents, it’s an illuminating (and hilarious) look at the immigrant experience today. At last year’s Academy Awards, Nanjiani — presenting an award alongside fellow immigrant Lupita Nyong’o — concluded his remarks with a timely shout-out: “And to all the Dreamers out there, we stand with you.”

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