Kumail Nanjiani becomes the first Pakistani to appear on Chelsea's talk show

Kumail talked about Silicon Valley, The Big Sick, Religion, Pakistan and much more.
Updated 06 Jul, 2017 05:25pm

The acclaimed talk show started off with Chelsea Handler introducing Kumail Nanjiani as her first Pakistani guest, who stars in the hit comedy series Silicon Valley. Kumail discussed how he moved to America at the age of 18, having spent his childhood in Pakistan. Chelsea conversed about the culture of India as she had visited the country, to which Kumail replied that both India and Pakistan weren't as dissimilar as once they were one. The star joked on relations, saying both countries don’t get along due to possession of nuclear weapons, so it’s a really grave situation to be in.

On starting a conversation on religion of both countries, Kumail stayed persistent, saying Pakistan was the land of the pure and comprised of a vast majority of Muslims, whereas India is a mixed country with many religions in high numbers. Cracking jokes to lighten up conversation, Kumail said that he could convert everyone in the audience to Islam in thirty seconds, mentioning how Islam had helped out a lot of people like Mike Tyson. The host, Chelsea, claimed she only knew one place in Pakistan and that was Karachi, because of its placement on the map.

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Kumail also addressed how he felt scared of the image people kept of Islam. Not many people have a pop image of Islam, nothing fun. The next joke blew everyone away, when Kumail talked about his white wife. Chelsea interrupted to ask how that happened, to which Kumail jokingly replied that she was rebelling against her parents and he "struck while the iron was hot". But in all seriousness, Kumail’s wife wanted to start a Tumblr page saying ‘Muslims having fun’. How cool is that?

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The rest of the video joked about love, life, relations and marriage. We were left rooting for Kumail as he made it a point to leave a light-hearted image of our religion and country.