Episode 384

Nerdist Podcast

Kumail Nanjiani

Nerdist Podcast: Kumail Nanjiani

One of the Nerdist family members, Kumail Nanjiani, is on another Nerdist podcast! Kumail sits down to talk about his own podcast The Indoor Kids, video games, and being afraid of dolphins!

Watch Kumail’s special Beta Male Saturday July 20th at midnight and listen to his podcast The Indoor Kids!

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  • Been waiting for Kumail to be on… he’s been incredible on the JESELNIK OFFENSIVE.

    Can’t wait for his special. His joke delivery and stage presence are incredibly funny.

    I love when the nerdist has comedians on… the conversations just seem so much more chill. Like hanging out with a group of old friends. Another home run (that’s when the ball goes over the fence, Chris) Nerdist. Keep it up.

  • I think dip shit comes from way back in the day when the job “honey dipper” existed. Seems like a pretty “shitty” job. Nyuk-nyuk-nyuk. You’re welcome. As always, great show!

  • Chris, next time the subject of internet trolling is broached with a guest, please consider not dwelling on it. It’s well-worn territory on the podcast by this point.

  • Hi Chris, you and Kumail were on fire in this episode! I’ve been listening for a long while and I love every podcast, but this one made my day. The topics you covered really gave some insight into what the life of a comic truly looks like. I know you are so busy all the time and I just wanted to let you know that I genuinely enjoy everything you put time into creating. Keep living the dream! -Hannah (:

  • Kumail’s views on Islam/religion are great to hear, and made my otherwise boring day incredibly happy. As a former citizen of a Muslim-contirlled country myself (and current citizen of a secular country), I always try to make the same points – and now I feel a little less like a lone idiot. Thank you.

    I’m so excited about Beta Male! I was sad back in June when I thought I missed it. I’m glad to know I didn’t.

  • this was so great i’ve listened twice already. i L Kumail and Emily and the Indoor Kids and you should have Emily on next :)

    super-excite to see Beta Male.

    yay! awesome ep, doods!

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    woot! great podcast!! also, Kumail, AWESOME job on your first hour comedy special which aired on CC last weekend. twas hilarious!

    Peace & Hidden room in Atari 2600 Adventure


  • @robopanda

    The difference between Glenn Burke and Jason Collins is that Burke did not announce his homosexuality to the general public. He lived as an openly gay man while playing for the Dodgers and A’s, but it was never specifically addressed in the media until he was no longer an active player. Collins announced his homosexuality and is still pursuing a contract for the upcoming NBA season. I’m not nitpicking about who should be considered first, but there is a difference.


    I know you don’t follow sports, but come on: Jason Collins’ announcement was covered pretty extensively by the national (non-sports) media. You’ve had several athletes on the podcast and profess that they’ve all been better than you expected. Did you follow Chris Kluwe’s issues when he was cut by the Minnesota Vikings (at least partially due to his outspokenness)? He is now a member of the Oakland Raiders (competing for a job) and his book Beautiful Unique Sparkleponies is now available. Please consider catching up with him.

    And thanks for the free podcast.

  • If you’re afraid of dolphins just stay out of water?

    Well, that’s what they said to people fearing sharks. Then came Sharknado…

    Be afraid. Be very afraid ;)

  • To start this, I only in the last several months started listening to podcasts, and Nerdist is by far my favorite. I have lol’d many times and it has been good.

    I just listened to this today. The discussion at the end was good I thought. It also seems to show how depressingly more clear that the two ends of the ideological spectrum we have in America are getting more separated instead of less so.

    If you claim to champion diversity and tolerance, can you allow yourself to dismiss someone else’s opinion even if you disagree?

    If you claim to hate labels and want to treat people as individuals, can you allow yourself to use labels even on those with whom you disagree?

    We as humans seem pre-disposed to assume that or those we don’t understand are evil. This goes for both sides of the spectrum. Those that align to the left have an almost fundamentally different view and understanding of the world than those that align on the right. Such that even those in the middle of the left and right seem to have a fundamentally different view and understanding of the world. Both sides treat the other as the worst thing to happen to the world, ever.
    The trajectories both sides seem to be on will not end in common ground unless both sides decide to turn around.

    Please note that this “rant” is more to offer a calm and more reasoned method of asking those who read to take a closer look at their own actions. You are justified in asking if I do the same. The answer is, I try, but I do not always succeed.

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