March 25, 2008

Looking for Muslims in the Comedy World

Stand-up comedian Kumail Nanjiani talks about his transition from a devout Shiite to a BLERD.

Shira Danan

How does a Pakistani-by-way-of-Iowa kid end up a comedian in Chicago? If that sounds like the setup to a joke, then the punch line is Kumail Nanjiani’s one-man show Unpronounceable, which tells the story of a hazardous Pakistani adolescence—what happens if you’re watching porn on your VCR and the electricity goes out?—and of 29-year-old Nanjiani’s experience moving to the US and "falling down the rabbit hole."

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