Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani

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Author Profession: Pakistani Comedian
Born: February 21, 1978
Age: 38 years old
Birth Sign: Pisces

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Stand-up is successful if they laugh. It's unsuccessful if they don't laugh.

You can get stuck in the trap of reading your YouTube comments all the time. Sometimes I regret it. Not everyone is going to love you. And for some reason, stand-up has this thing where everyone thinks they can do it. So everyone thinks they're an expert.

I'm from a family of doctors, and I think they really wanted me to be a doctor. I even sort of assumed I would be a doctor.

I love, love, love the street-cart food. Gyros are like a meat-flavored fruit roll-up. A meat roll-up.

I stay home. It's the best place to be alone. There is hardly any walk-through traffic.

I never really got into game shows. The easiest one is 'Wheel Of Fortune' because you just have to know words, and for the most part everyone knows words.

You really need to have that discipline. It's not even discipline. I just put down these rules. It's not like a vague, 'Motivate yourself!' and do something. It's specific hours set aside every day for certain things.

I moved to New York first and was really apprehensive about moving to L.A., but I really, really like it.

I think, you know, a lot of the business of comedy is taking your personal experiences and making them relatable to other people.

I would say I try to make my comedy really personal. I try to tell stories that happened to me, experiences from my life.

If you do a sketch, that's a very short narrative. Stand-up, it's bit-to-bit, minute-long narratives.

When I started working on 'Michael And Michael,' it was my life for three to four months, and then suddenly it's gone.

Wikipedia is kind of weird. I feel it's lame to put up my own page, but I desperately want someone else to do it.

Honestly, I would love to be friends with Fox Mulder on 'The X-Files.' That's almost a little too obvious, but that would be my answer. I'd love to hang out with him.

I've found that the common humanity of people is the most relatable thing, and even if your stories are very specific about a different place, if you have a relatable core of humanity, people will go along with it.

The worst job I ever had was an office job that I had for six years, and that's nothing against the people who I was surrounded by, because they were wonderful people.

When generally people make race-based jokes to me - even if they're not technically racist, they're sort of based on me being Pakistani or whatever - on Twitter, you know, I block a lot of people who say something weird about my name or something. It does bug me generally, but it is all about context.

If anybody wanted to photograph my life, they'd get bored in a day. Matt Damon

I just thank God that I didn't grow up with so much money or privilege because you had to create ways to make it happen. Kim Basinger today

The only movie I can watch on a loop, over and over, is 'Help', the Beatles movie. It's so funny and irreverent and great. Emma Stone

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