Kumail Nanjiani might not be a name you immediately recognize, but chances are you’ll recognize his face. The comedian has appeared on a number of shows, from Saturday Night Live to Late Show With David Letterman, with acting stints on Portlandia, Michael and Michael Have Issues and The Colbert Report. And this weekend, he’s taking over the Comedy Works with his blend of geeky love and laughs.
“A lot of comedians will define themselves by what they don’t like,” says Nanjiani. “But I always try to define myself by what I like.” It’s that precedence that helps separate him from the thralls of grumpy comedians out there. When he talks about any variety of topics, whether it’s The X-Files, Call of Duty, or comic books, he does it with a passion that’s hard to deny. “I grew up in Pakistan,” continues Nanjiani, “but I had a Sega Genesis and I watched a movie every day. Most kids would get darker over the summer, but I’d get lighter because I stayed indoors and played.
Denver Westword sharesa few egregiously irresponsible things to get drunk and do on St. Patrick’s Day:
Tackle short people and try to make them grant you wishes.
Urinate on every green thing you see.
Make the following joke: “Heard about the shit in Libya? Well, at least they don’t have any tsunami-triggered nuclear fallout to deal with! That’s right, I’m talking about YOU, Japan! Hay-o!”
Try to become the Foursquare mayor of the Denver city jail.
Operate a motor vehicle.
Have a manic episode and do a series of nationally televised interviews. Make sure to call your former employer a contaminated little maggot and insist that you have tiger blood. Then give yourself alcohol poisoning. Dying is for fools.
Paint yourself green — using permanent marker.
Draw questionable conclusions using unsubstantiated statistics and non-peer-reviewed studies to support them. That’s right, we’re going off the fucking hook over here.
Take your dog for a walk. Let him crap all over the place.
Wear a “Fuck me, I’m Irish” shirt to your office job
Obtain one Lucky Charms tattoo.
Buy “The Town” on Blu-ray.
Spray-paint festive shamrocks on your girlfriend’s car and then ask her to drive you to bars.
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