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KUMAIL NANJIANI (Writer / Executive Producer/Kumail) is a critically acclaimed actor, writer and comedian, perhaps best known for his co-starring role as 'Dinesh' on the award-winning HBO comedy series "Silicon Valley," which won the TV Critics Choice Award for 'Best Comedy Series' last year and has two Emmy and Golden Globe wins, as well as several Emmy and Golden Globes nominations.
Nanjiani adds feature film writing to his impressive list of credits with The Big Sick, which he co-wrote with his wife Emily V. Gordon. The film tells the story of their real-life relationship. Produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel and directed by Michael Showalter, Nanjiani also stars in the lead role opposite Holly Hunter, Zoe Kazan and Ray Romano.
He also appears in the Warner Bros. comedy, Fist Fight and voices one of the ninja warriors in The Lego Ninjago Movie also from Warner Bros.
Nanjiani's many memorable comedic roles include The Five-Year Engagement, produced by Judd Apatow, Sex Tape and Hot Tub Time Machine 2, and more recently on the big screen in Hello, My Name Is Doris, Mike And Dave Need Wedding Dates and Central Intelligence.
On television, Nanjiani is writer, executive producer and co-host of Comedy Central's "The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail," along with Jonah Ray. He has had roles on IFC's "Portlandia," TNT's "Franklin & Bash," the reality show parody, "Burning Love" and Comedy Central's "Michael & Michael Have Issues." where he also served as a staff writer. He recently appeared in a guest role on the return of "The X-Files" on FOX and has appeared on "Community," "Inside Amy Schumer" and "Drunk History," among others.
His 2013 comedy special "Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male" was on several "Best of" lists for Vulture, Village Voice and The AV Club, and was chosen as one of the 5 best stand-up albums of the year by Entertainment Weekly.
Nanjiani also hosts two podcasts, “The Indoor Kids” and “The X-Files Files.”
He currently resides in Los Angeles, California.
ZOE KAZAN (Emily) is an actor, playwright and screenwriter, born and raised in Santa Monica, CA.As an actress, her film and television credits include Sam Mendes’ Revolutionary Road, In The Valley Of Elah, Fracture, The Private Lives Of Pippa Lee, Me and Orson Welles, Happythankyoumoreplease, Meek's Cutoff, It's Complicated, In Your Eyes, The Pretty One, What If, Our Brand is Crisis, HBO’s “Bored To Death”, My Blind Brother, and The Monster. In 2009, Zoe was awarded Best Actress in a Narrative Feature Film at the Tribeca Film Festival for her first starring role, as Ivy in The Exploding Girl. In 2015, she was nominated for an Emmy for her work in a supporting role in the acclaimed HBO mini-series Olive Kitteridge. Zoe also starred in Fox Searchlight’s Ruby Sparks, which she wrote and executive produced. Most recently, Zoe played the eponymous character in Lena Dunham’s HBO pilot, Max and James’ Franco’s ex-wife in the upcoming HBO show, The Deuce.
Zoe made her New York stage debut in 2006 in the Off-Broadway revival of The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie. Other off-Broadway credits include Jonathan Marc Sherman's Things We Want and Clive, both directed by Ethan Hawke at The New Group Theater; the Signature Theater Company’s revival of Tony Kushner’s Angels in America, in which she played Harper Pitt; Manhattan Theater Club’s production of Sarah Treem’s When We Were Young And Unafraid; and Playwrights Horizons’ 100 Saints You Should Know, for which Zoe received a Drama Desk Award nomination and a Lucille Lortel Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actress.
Zoe’s Broadway credits include MTC’s revival of William Inge's Come Back, Little Sheba; the world premiere of Martin McDonagh’s A Behanding in Spokane; the Royal Court’s revival of Chekhov’s The Seagull, for which Zoe was nominated for a Drama Desk Award; and, most recently, the world premiere of Mike Bartlett's Love, Love, Love at the Roundabout Theatre. In 2008, Zoe was named the recipient of the Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Actress. She is the only actor to be awarded the Derwent Award for three roles in one year.
As a writer, Zoe has had plays produced at the Humana Festival at the Actor’s Theater of Louisville (Absalom, in 2009), South Coast Repertory Theater (Trudy and Max in Love, in 2014), and off-Broadway at the Manhattan Theater Club (We Live Here, in 2011). She also wrote the screenplay for Ruby Sparks, for which she was nominated for an Independent Spirit Award for Best Screenplay.
A prominent actress on both stage and screen, Academy Award winner Holly Hunter has portrayed a vast array of complex and powerful characters throughout her career. In 1982 Hunter made her Broadway debut in Beth Henley’s “Crimes of the Heart”, beginning a theatrical career which would include arresting performances in “The Wake of Jamey Foster”, “The Miss Firecracker Contest”, “The Person I Once was”, and, most recently in 2004, Marina Carr’s “By the Bog of Cats,” directed by Dominic Cooke at Wyndham's Theater in London. Hunter’s first Academy Award nomination was for her portrayal of a driven career-woman producer in the feature film “Broadcast News.” In 1993, she received the Best Actress Academy Award for her performance as a mute Scottish widow in Jane Campion’s “The Piano”, while simultaneously being nominated for the Best Supporting Actress Academy Award for her performance as the investigative secretary in “The Firm,” based on the John Grisham novel. Her film credits include Jodie Foster’s “Home for the Holidays”, Danny Boyle’s “A Life Less Ordinary”, the Coen Brothers’ “O Brother Whereart Thou”, and Catherine Hardwicke’s “Thirteen”, for which she was again nominated for the Academy Award. Her television career began in 2007 with TNT’s critically lauded series “Saving Grace”, which Hunter starred in for four seasons. Hunter appeared in the critically acclaimed television drama “Top of the Lake”, and will star in Alan Ball’s new HBO series, “Here, Now”, alongside Tim Robbins. Hunter will soon be seen in “The Big Sick,” directed by Michael Showalter, produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel and also starring Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano and Zoe Kazan. The film is based on the real courtship of Kumail Nanjiani and his wife, Emily Gordon, and how his traditional Muslim family is unhappy with their relationship. When Emily is waylaid by a mysterious illness, Kumail is forced to take charge of the crisis with her parents, Beth (Hunter) and Terry (Romano). Hunter resides in New York.
From 1996 to 2006, RAY ROMANO (Terry) starred in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” one of the most respected sitcoms in television history, and won an Emmy for Outstanding Lead Actor in 2002. As one of the show’s executive producers, he also received Emmys in 2003 and 2005 for “Outstanding Comedy Series,” and shared a 2003 Screen Actors Guild Award with the show’s cast.
Ray began his career in 1984 as a stand-up comedian in New York, which led to appearances on “The Tonight Show” with Johnny Carson and later, Jay Leno. After appearing on “Late Night with David Letterman,” Ray was offered a development deal with Letterman’s production company, Worldwide Pants, which led to the creation of “Everybody Loves Raymond” for CBS.
Ray made his film debut in 2003 as the voice of Manny the wooly mammoth in 20th Century Fox’s animated hit, Ice Age, and reprised the role in four sequels, including Ice Age: Collision Course in 2016. He also appeared in Welcome To Mooseport with Gene Hackman and Rob the Mob with Andy Garcia, and was the subject of the 2006 documentary 95 Miles To Go.
In 1998, he wrote the New York Times best-seller, “Everything And A Kite,” and with his brothers penned the children’s book “Raymie, Dickie, and The Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers.” Ray’s comedy album, “Live at Carnegie Hall,” was nominated for a Grammy in 2002.
In 2009, Ray teamed with Mike Royce to create and star in “Men of a Certain Age,” which co-starred Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher. The TNT comedy-drama ran for two seasons and won the Peabody Award in 2011. Ray also appeared in three seasons as photographer Hank Rizzoli of NBC’s “Parenthood.”
In 2016, Ray starred with Bobby Cannavale and Olivia Wilde in the HBO drama series “Vinyl,” created by Terence Winter (“Boardwalk Empire”) and executive produced by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
Ray will next star with Chris O’Dowd in “Get Shorty,” a 10-episode original series for EPIX.
Ray resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Anna, and their four children.
Bo Burnham Comedian and actor Bo Burnham was the youngest person to release a Comedy Central Presents at the age of 18, and has subsequently released three more critically acclaimed stand up specials- 2010’s Words, Words, Words (Comedy Central) 2013’s what. (Netflix) and 2016’s Make Happy (Netflix). Bo created, wrote, and starred in the MTV show Zach Stone Is Gonna Be Famous. He also released a book of poetry titled EGGHEAD. The book was a New York Times best seller. In addition to directing his own specials, Bo directed Jerrod Carmichael’s HBO special 8 earlier this year.
Aidy Bryant returns to the “SNL” cast for her fifth season. Since her debut season, Bryant has entertained viewers with her slew of characters including the recurring "Girlfriends Talk Show" sketch and she received an Emmy nomination for the digital short “(Do It On My) Twin Bed.” In 2015, Entertainment Weekly recognized Bryant with their fan favorite EWwy Award for Best Supporting Actress in a Comedy.
Bryant began studying improv in her hometown of Phoenix. She graduated from Columbia College in Chicago while simultaneously completing the iO improv training program. An ensemble member of the Second City E.T.C. stage, she has also performed at iO Chicago and the Annoyance Theatre. Bryant additionally performed around the world with the musical improv group “Baby Wants Candy.” Bryant has also appeared in “Broad City” and had recurring roles on “Girls” and “Horace and Pete.” Bryant’s short film “Darby Forever” released on Vimeo in 2016. She will next appear in Judd Apatow and Kumail Nanjiani’s “The Big Sick.”
ADEEL AKHTAR (Naveed) has worked predominantly in television and film, his credits include the acclaimed indie film Four Lions playing the memorable hapless character 'Fessal', he also featured as Smee in Pan directed by Joe Wright. Other films include The Dictator with Sacha Baron-Cohen, War Book directed by Tom Harper and British indie comedy Convenience.
Adeel was nominated by BAFTA and The Royal Television Society Best Support Actor for “Utopia” in which he played ‘Wilson Wilson.’ Other TV work includes: “Apple Tree Yard” (BBC1), “Unforgotten 2” (ITV), “The Circuit” (CH4), “Murdered By My Father” (BBC3) and a featured role in the Emmy award-winning drama “The Night Manager.”
Anupam Kher is one of India’s most prominent actors. He has performed in over 100 plays and has been featured in over 500 films. Besides working in Hindi films, he has appeared in many acclaimed international films such as the Golden Globe nominated Bend It Like Beckham, Ang Lee's Venice Film Fesitval’s Golden Lion-winning film Lust, and David O. Russell's Oscar-winning Silver Linings Playbook.
Earlier this year, Kher co-starred in The Headhunter’s Calling, which premiered at the Toronto Film Festival, opposite Gerard Butler, Willem Dafoe and Alfred Molina. Currently, Kher can be seen in Netflix’s international series, Sense8, created by the Wachowski’s. Season two will premiere in May 2017. Most recently, Kher stars in The Big Sick opposite Kumail Nanjiani, Ray Romano, Holly Hunter with Judd Apatow producing and Michael Showalter directing. The film was the 2017 Sundance Film Festival standout and one of the biggest sales of the festival. It will be released in theaters on July 14th, 2017. Just last month Kher wrapped Hotel Mumbai opposite Dev Patel, based on the real-life devastating 2008 Mumbai attacks. The film is being produced by Thunder Road, Arclight Films, and The Weinstein Co.
Over the years Kher has been critically acknowledged for his work. He’s received one of India’s most acclaimed awards, the Filmfare Award, five times for the category Best Performance in a Comic Role. He also won the Filmfare Award for Best Supporting Actor for his performance in Vijay. Previously he was the chairman of the Central Board of Film Certification and National School of Drama in India. Currently he’s the chairman at Actor Prepares in Mumbai. The Government of India honored Kher with both the Padma Shri in 2004 and the Padma Bhushan in 2016, one of the highest honors given in India, for his contribution to cinema and the arts.
Beyond acting, Kher is a teacher, author, motivational speaker, and an activist. He is the Goodwill Ambassador of the Pratham Educational Foundation, which works towards a general social change for all by focusing on the education of children; is a champion of gender equality; founded an acting school, and was ranked #12 on Richtopia’s 2017 list of top 200 authors in the world.
Kher is married to fellow actress, Kirron Kher, and resides in Mumbai, India.
JUDD APATOW (Producer) is one of the most important comic minds of his generation. He wrote and directed the films The 40-Year-Old Virgin (co-written with Steve Carell), Knocked Up, Funny People, and This is 40. He also directed the 2015 summer hit Trainwreck. His producing credits include Superbad, Bridesmaids and Anchorman. Apatow is the executive producer of HBO’s “Girls” and the co-creator of “Love” on Netflix. He was also the executive producer of “Freaks and Geeks.” Most recently, he produced the films Pee-Wee’s Big Holiday and Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping, and is currently producing the HBO series “Crashing” starring Pete Holmes. After a 20-year hiatus, Apatow recently returned to the stand-up stage, performing on “The Tonight Show” with Jimmy Fallon and at Carnegie Hall.
Based on the real-life courtship between Kumail Nanjiani and Emily V. Gordon, THE BIG SICK tells the story of Pakistan-born aspiring comedian Kumail (Nanjiani), who connects with grad student Emily (Kazan) after one of his standup sets. However, what they thought would be just a one-night stand blossoms into the real thing, which complicates the life that is expected of Kumail by his traditional Muslim parents.
When Emily is beset with a mystery illness, it forces Kumail to navigate the medical crisis with her parents, Beth and Terry (Holly Hunter and Ray Romano) who he's never met, while dealing with the emotional tug-of-war between his family and his heart. THE BIG SICK is directed by Michael Showalter (HELLO MY NAME IS DORIS) and produced by Judd Apatow (TRAINWRECK, THIS IS 40) and Barry Mendel (TRAINWRECK, THE ROYAL TENENBAUMS).
Get ready to laugh your pants off. The comedic geniuses of The Big Sick are coming to a city (hopefully) near you. Get tickets at one of the links below.