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United States Opens Border For Kumail Nanjiani

A sample of software Nanjiani may have used to become a US citizenPakistani born comedian Kumail Nanjiani announced today that he's finally passed the parallel parking part of his U.S. citizenship test. He didn't hit a single cone! He tweets:

First meal as American: Freedom fries and hamburger with American cheese, except now I call it just cheese. #citizen #getoffmylawn

Welcome to America!


CHI Expat Superstars Reunite on NYC Stage

Chicago expats Kyle Kinane and Kumail Nanjiani will reunite at Comix, TONIGHT, with host and fellow expat Jared Logan, and guest Dan St. Germain. You can see these guys currently blowing up the national scene, in things like The Late Show with David Letterman, Comedy Central's Hot List, Variety Magazine, A Special Thing Records, opening for Patton Oswalt, Live at Gotham, the Colbert Report, etc. Let's take the Wayback Machine for a minute to some Chicago-era shorts (shot, incidentally, by Sundance and SXSW director Jordan Vogt-Roberts).

Nike Town, Kyle Kinane

He-Man, Kumail Nanjiani

The Complete Breakfast, Jared Logan

Click here for tix; show at 9:30PM, TONIGHT, Comix, 353 W. 14th St.

--Kristy Mangel



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Chicago Checklist

The comedy video short contest "So You Think You Can Funny?" will be judged by a panel of Second City alum, including Fred Willard, Rachel Dratch, Jeff Garlin and Mick Napier. The top three winning shorts will receive a prize package centered around Second City's 50th anniversary celebration, including two VIP tickets to the Second City's 50th Anniversary Festival. Vote for your favorite comedic short now through November 27. (via)

Don't miss the Red Eye feature on comics Deon Cole, Erica Watson, and Hannibal Buress, who are "redefining the term 'black comic.'" (via)

And the Chicago Tribune asked a number of local improvisers, including Susan Messing, Emily Candini, Lyndsay Hailey, Jet Eveleth, and Natalie Sullivan, "Are funny women intimidating?" (via)

Yet another CHI expat on the ol' Letterman television program! How about it, Kumail Nanjiani, superstar in progress:

--Kristy Mangel


The Honey Shot

Peter Grosz at "Tell Your Friends" (April 2008) | Photo: Sharilyn Johnson

  • THE PLUG: Don't miss Peter Grosz, Kumail Nanjiani, Brooke Van Poppelen, John Szeluga and host James Harris at "Grab Ass," happening TONIGHT @ 9:30PM at Cargo Cafe (120 Bay Street, Staten Island) | Free

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Donald Glover asks Kumail Nanjiani... | Photos: Liezl Estipona

By: Keith Huang

Welcome to Pick Me / Pick 3, the new online game that's sweeping The Apiary. And just like every Pick 3 lottery, this game is loads of fun, easy to play and everybody gets to take home a Certificate of Participation. Here's how it works:

PICK ME: A Comedy Person is asked to pick Another Comedy Person whom they admire.
The first Comedy Person submits three random questions. Another Comedy Person answers them. Repeat steps 1 & 2 with another Another Comedy Person. Results are surveyed and verified by an independent auditor from KPMG.

For the inaugural Pick Me / Pick 3, I chose Donald Glover, longtime Apiary fave, one-fifth of Derrick, the Master of Disguise, 30 Rock scribe ("Funcooker") and one of the many, many reasons to watch NBC's Community. Without hesitation, Donald picked blerds Old Schooler and New York comedy meteor (by way of Chicago) Kumail Nanjiani (Michael and Michael Have Issues, The Colbert Report). So here's what Donald asked of Kumail and here's how Kumail answered:

1. Guilty-comedy-pleasure?
I love super terrible horror movies. There is no horror movie I cannot sit through. Vincent Price is a god. Though I wouldn't call his movies "guilty pleasures", cuz he is genuinely good.

2. What do you do If or when you feel creatively drained?
I try to experience new things, visit new places, do new things. I think so many comics I know just focus on comedy all the time. You gotta collect the ingredients to put into your comedy. Stephen King said something like "Your Life should inform your art, not the other way round." If I feel creatively drained, I'll go see a horse circus. That's a circus with horses in it.

3. I'm kinda terrified I'll die masturbating. What's YOUR most irrational fear?
I can't handle having food on my hands or clothes. I hate touching food. And I can't handle it when people who's just eaten food will shake my hand or something. Ugh!

Winner, winner, chicken dinner! Stay tuned to see Kumail's PICK ME / PICK 3.


Kumail Nanjiani: Ready for His Close Up

If the barf-inducing treatise on Jeff Dunham in the NY Times left you feeling too miserable to go on living, you probably missed the Times' terrific profile on Kumail Nanjiani. Aside from learning that Kumail is working on a pilot, we found out the dude is gripped by hustlemania:

"Mr. Nanjiani keeps up the pace, trying to perform every night, twice a night if he can 25 nights a month in a typical month, in as many as 20 different clubs. Then there’s the writing. I give myself a lot of rules, Mr. Nanjiani said. I write stand-up in the morning, give myself a half hour for lunch, and then write TV stuff in the afternoon. Also, I’m never allowed to play more than three games of a video game at once. There are actually tons of rules about video games."

It's Not a Bad Time to Be Funny in the City | NY Times


Is 50+ performances a month standard for comedians?

Is Kumail too busy to realize he's the only person still on MySpace?

Should we cancel our cable because Jeff Dunham keeps appearing on it?