Emmy episode analysis: Kumail Nanjiani explores a dark side of stand-up comedy in ‘The Twilight Zone’

Emmy episode analysis: Kumail Nanjiani explores a dark side of stand-up comedy in ‘The Twilight Zone’
Kumail Nanjiani earned his first ever Emmy nomination this year thanks to Jordan Peele‘s rebooted “The Twilight Zone” for CBS All Access. Though Nanjiani is a comedy wunderkind, his first shot at an Emmy comes courtesy of the Best Drama Guest Actor category. While the trippy episode titled “The Comedian” is steeped in science fiction and horror, Nanjiani appropriately portrays a struggling stand-up comic who strives for fame and success.

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Nanjiani is an Emmy first timer, but he has plenty of history with the awards circuit thanks to his film “The Big Sick.” Nanjani starred as himself in the movie and wrote the screenplay for the romantic comedy with his wife Emily V. Gordon. The pair earned an Original Screenplay Oscar nomination and additional bids from the Critics’ Choice and Writers Guild.

In “The Comedian,” Nanjiani plays stand-up Samir Wassan.
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