Kumail Nanjiani is a Los Angeles-based writer and performer who is best known for playing Dinesh in Silicon Valley, as well as his appearances in Portlandia and voice work in Adventure Time. He first gained attention for his one-man show Unpronounceable, in 2013 had a special on Comedy Central called Beta Male, and on the same channel hosts The Meltdown with Jonah & Kumail alongside Jonah Ray. He is the host of the podcasts The Indoor Kids and The X-Files Files.
On the latest episode of the Talkhouse Podcast, Kumail Nanjiani, the writer-star of the forthcoming The Big Sick, talks with Zoe Lister-Jones, whose Band Aid – which she wrote, produced, directed, stars in and wrote the songs for – is now in theaters and on VOD. In a conversation interrupted both by gardeners and Zoe’s Band Aid co-star Adam Pally, the two multihyphenates chat about putting their real lives in their movies, working with their partners, getting in touch with their emotions, why comedies have terrible third acts, why Boardwalk Empire made enemies in New York, and what it’s like to make a movie with an all-female crew. For more filmmakers talking film and TV, visit Talkhouse Film at talkhouse.com/film. Subscribe now on iTunes or Stitcher to stay in the loop about future Talkhouse Podcasts.
The music featured in the podcast is as follows:
1. Intro / outro underscore: “Plastic Man vs. the Giant Red Phase of the Sun” – Iced Ink
Episode recorded by Susan Valot and mixed by Mark Yoshizumi; the Talkhouse podcast producer is Elia Einhorn.