Kumail Nanjiani & Ray Romano
The Big Sick Tour with Aidy Bryant and Kurt Braunohler
Kumail Nanjiani: Kumail Nanjiani 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. The film will have its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival and is currently on a number of lists as one of the most anticipated films of the festival.
He will be heard voicing one of the ninja warriors in “The Lego Ninjago Movie,” scheduled for release on September 22 for Warner Bros.
Nanjiani's many memorable comedic roles include the films, “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.
Ray Romano: From 1996 to 2006, Ray Romano starred in “Everybody Loves Raymond,” one of the most respected sitcoms in television history, and won an Emmy for “Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series” in 2002.As one of the show’s executive producers, he also received two additional 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 performances at comedy clubs across the country and 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 the upcoming “Ice Age: Collision Course.” Other films include “Welcome To Mooseport” (with Gene Hackman), and “Rob the Mob” (with Andy Garcia). He was also the subject of “95 Miles To Go,” a 2006 documentary about his life on tour.
In 1998, he wrote the New York Times best-selling book, “Everything And A Kite,” and with his brothers, Richard and Robert, wrote the children’s book “Raymie, Dickie, and The Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers”, which received a Grammy nomination for Best Spoken Word Album in 2006.His comedy album, “Live at Carnegie Hall,” was also nominated for a Grammy in 2002.
In 2009, Ray teamed with Mike Royce to create and star in “Men of a Certain Age” opposite Scott Bakula and Andre Braugher. The TNT comedy-drama series ran for two seasons and won the Peabody Award in 2011. Ray also played photographer Hank Rizzoli for three seasons on 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”) with executive producers Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger.
In 2017, Ray will appear opposite Kumail Nanjiani, Zoe Kazan and Holly Hunter in Amazon Studios next film venture “The Big Sick,” executive produced by Judd Apatow and Barry Mendel.
Later this summer, he will reunite with his “Vinyl” director Allen Coulter for the EPIX original series “Get Shorty,” opposite Chris O’dowd.
Ray resides in Los Angeles with his wife, Anna, and their four children.
Aidy Bryant: Repertory Player, “Saturday Night Live”. 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.”
Kurt Braunohler: Kurt Braunohler is a comedian, actor, podcaster and general song-and-dance-man. You've seen him on everything from The Tonight Show to @Midnight to Bob's Burgers. His Comedy Central one-hour special, Trust Me, was released in March. He plays Chris in The Big Sick and was on set every day pitching jokes as the on-set writer. Fun Fact: He crowdfunded $4,000 to pay a skywriter to write “How Do I Land” in the sky over LA. kurtbraunohler.com @kurtbraunohler