NEW YORK, June 25, 2013 – The world is a scary place for COMEDY CENTRAL favorite Kumail Nanjiani in the world premiere of “Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male,” debuting on Saturday, July 20 at Midnight ET/PT.
In his first one-hour COMEDY CENTRAL special, Nanjiani explains why it’s hard out there for a beta male. In front of a live audience at The Moody Theater in Austin, he relives some of life’s biggest terrors: a cobra fighting a mongoose at a kid’s birthday party in Pakistan, getting an adult videotape stuck in the VCR during a power outage, and investigating mysterious noises in the attic of his home.
The “Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male” extended and uncensored CD/DVD combo will be released on July 23 by COMEDY CENTRAL Records, featuring material not seen in the broadcast, including a post-show audience Q & A. “Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male” will be available on July 23 in HD and SD on iTunes, Xbox Video, Amazon Instant Video and Sony Entertainment Network. The album will be available on all digital platforms.
Leading up to the on-air premiere, the COMEDY CENTRAL Stand-Up Web site will feature preview clips from the special. Nanjiani will also engage with COMEDY CENTRAL fans via a CC Tumblr “Ask a Professional Comedian” live event, and will live tweet the premiere of the special from @kumailn.
Nanjiani is a Los Angeles-based writer and performer who has been featured in Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch,” The Hollywood Reporter’s “10 Rising Comedy Talents” and New York Magazine’s “10 Comedians that Funny People Find Funny.” He first gained attention for his critically acclaimed one-man show “Unpronounceable,” directed by Paul Provenza, and has performed stand-up on “Conan,” “Late Night with Jimmy Fallon,” “The Late Show with David Letterman,” and “Jimmy Kimmel Live.”
Nanjiani is currently one of the stars of the TNT show “Franklin & Bash” and is a heavy recurring character on both IFC’s “Portlandia” and the web series “Burning Love,” produced by Ben Stiller. He recently appeared in HBO’s “Veep,” and will be a series regular on the upcoming HBO series “Silicon Valley.” On COMEDY CENTRAL, Nanjiani has appeared on “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” “Live at Gotham,” and “Mash Up.” The brand recently announced it has greenlit “The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail,” based on Nanjiani and Jonah Ray’s weekly live show at Meltdown Comics on Sunset Blvd.
“Kumail Nanjiani: Beta Male” is executive produced by Nanjiani, Molly Mandel, and Neal Marshall, and directed by Marcus Raboy. Anne Harris is the Executive in Charge of Production for COMEDY CENTRAL.
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In addition to its specials, COMEDY CENTRAL stand-up series include “John Oliver’s New York Stand-Up Show,” “Gabriel Iglesias Presents Stand-Up Revolution,” “Mash Up,” “The Half Hour” and “Adam Devine’s House Party,” a new series launching this summer from Adam Devine, co-creator and star of “Workaholics.”
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