Kumail Nanjiani is best known for his Academy Award-nominated film The Big Sick and his role as Dinesh on HBO's Silicon Valley, now in its sixth and final season. He also stars alongside Dave Bautista in Stuber, which is set to hit theaters on July 12. But how is he with spicy food? Find out as the comedian discusses tech bros, breaks down his favorite video games, and explains his obsession with The X-Files. Not only that, but he becomes the first guest in Hot Ones history to dine with a knife and fork.
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if I got a plate of chicken strips with that sauce on it I'd be like we've maxed it out this is fun but no more well one two three four okay what's going on everybody for first we feast I'm Sean Evans and you're watching hot ones it's the show with hot questions and even hotter wings and today we're joined by Kumail Nanjiani you probably know him best from his Academy Award nominated films a big sicker as well as Dinesh on HBO's Silicon Valley now in its sixth and final season he also stars alongside Dave Batista and Stuber which is set to theaters on July 12th Kamel Nanjiani welcome to the show hi thank you for having me I guess so I know that you're no stranger around spicy food is it still a dream of yours to have a show called sweating and restaurants with your mouth yeah that's my family's idea because I love spicy food but even if it's a little spicier start sweating so my threshold is is not crazy high but even if I don't hit it I start sweating but I don't think it's gonna be fun for people to watch because it really is very unsettling you're gonna find out okay and I have said that I wanted a fork and knife because I've messed up with a hot stuff before I don't want it in my eyes so I'm not gonna touch it he knows what he's doing now all right so this this will be for ya it's no big deal all right that's that's delicious I like to look in your eye you have the look of someone who's like you have no idea what's coming to you yeah people have seen it before yeah you've seen it before you have a conference about you in this that I find very unsettling so during your appearance on DAC Sheppard's armchair expert podcast you said that you have a goal of putting on 20 pounds of muscle did you pick up any bodybuilding hacks from your stupid co-star dave bautista oh yeah he knows everything you know you got to eat six meals a day he eats a lot that's what I learned working with him is that he's constantly eating you can't hang do you find that meathead stereotypes are sometimes unfair cuz I had a phase where I was in the weight room all the time and I actually found myself really liking meatheads because they're always down to spot you you know they're always like very into what you're doing you know I will say but it's very refreshing to see huge dudes really talking about men's bodies you know they're like pointing at specific things and they're like kind of touching you and it's very I feel very safe around them yeah there's a certain community quality to it all right I feel cared for and they're very very supportive so you know this guy one specific guy who's much bigger than me is always like brother I really respect people who work out hard in the gym and I really respect you so I was like that's the best thing I've ever heard it's cool sauce Bay okay so it's a big transition for a kids safe from New York to go to a small liberal arts college in the Midwest but I imagine the culture shock must have been very intense showing up in rural Iowa to go to Grinnell fresh off the plane from Karachi in Pakistan what was the best thing about living in Iowa and then what was the worst thing about living in Iowa oh wow good question see I'm already starting to sweat and I'm not even and you're close to the eyes yeah but I'm not touching it so I'm fine the best thing about living in Iowa was I'd come from like a very very intense like I came from Karachi which is like you know like New York is 20 million people you know there weren't many Pakistani Union people where I was I still felt like I just felt a little bit special so the best part of it was that it wasn't really populated the worst part was that it wasn't really populated by your three you're like alright I need I need to go somewhere else loved Iowa it was great but at the end of the four years very very very ready to move to a big city and then of course you went to Chicago and you were doing stand-up at the Cubby Bear I used to live a car really you did I used to live a couple blocks away from there I live right by there - what were the crowds like there cuz that intersection could be kind of rowdy rough as fuck yeah and prouds were really really tough at Cubby Bear I wow that's crazy cubby bear yeah that's where I met a bunch of comedians for the first time I think I might have met Pete Homestar for the first time yeah they had an open mic every week and there were these people there who were not there for the comedy and then we were like alright we're gonna great news you're at a sports bar you're all Cubs fans we're gonna turn off the game and Kumail is gonna now tell you how he feels awkward buying condoms at the store and they were it's a very tough crowd and they were okay just being very vocal I actually want this so when the sixth and final season of HBO's Silicon Valley obviously a lot to unpackage but we don't start with can you give us the origins story behind rude boys on the lot I don't see no season one or two we're all just like nerds you know but we really were like cultivating this persona that we were like the bad boys we will shoot at Sony which is this huge like a bunch of stuff shoots there but we consider that we were like we're the bad boys everybody scared of us that was like the joke we did so then we got these jackets made for ourselves that said rude boys on the lot and this company had gifted us these scooters now the scooters are everywhere there you can like you know yeah with your iPad so we would wear our jackets that said rude boys on the lot these really Guardi jackets I think they had huge dice on them or something and we would ride around in scooters and then the security guard would that you can't do there was a very sorry and then one of the great scenes not only in the history of the show but maybe all of cable TV is when you guys are debating the most efficient way to jerk off a auditorium full of 800 guys can you break down the mechanics of that scene and how the math was written for the jerk-off algorithm apparently the math is all real and they got Stanford like us too they got people from Stanford to like do the math so when you're looking at the board and all the math is there that's all real because we basically they were like what are the factors if you did have to jerk off every guy in this room quickly what's the most efficient way and it would have to be you know so it's two dicks here two dicks here and you're sort of jerking off four dicks at a time right but then there's more stuff cuz then you're like well what's the math problem with it well height people's Heights are different so you can't have two dicks that don't align but it's not that it's actually the dick to floor like it's not the height and then this how long someone's gonna last right and you have to do the hot-swap on the way down you don't want slowdowns like if a guy comes once I go up here there's gonna be another guy with similar girth and dick to floor ratio so there's a lot of things to consider yeah that was my favorite scene to do other than that the math is sound and then the math is totally sound then finally I'm sure through doing the show you've been in contact with a fair number of startups and venture capitalists do you find that there any more or less outrageous than the version that you portray on the show they're worse I mean they had to keep like upping it they actually took something from the show from real life that they had Gavin Belson who's the bagger on the show and they had him say it pretty much word-for-word and it was so unlike Abel that they had to rewrite it because it made the villain on the show too villainous just repeat word-for-word what this real guy and realize that it's funny because they watch our show and they're like it's hilarious everyone else here is like that and we're like you're like that do so it's great they're so arrogant that they think we're not talking about them specifically everybody else it's perfect I taste the pineapple okay yeah that's the first one that you start feeling I'm leavin missing want to start sweating even though I'm not in crisis yet I will be in crisis but I will look like I'm a crisis way before I am actually in crisis well I can't wait I can't wait come out I can't so rappers and professional athletes are always posturing about who's the best gamer does that sort of rivalry exist in the comedy circuit no not many comics I know we're actually into gaming I'm one of the few people I know who's like really really into it and I am very good at it and you know what you can't out those credentials because a lot of people talk but no one was back in 2011 breaking down the best video games of all time on g4 so you can talk - that's right yeah I was cheap for talking video games before like you know video games became like super cool I mean they were cool then - but then I had a podcast called the indoor kids with my wife Emily Gordon and we would talk about video games every week so my my video game credentials are pretty legit and then you've said that it's the only medium that's improved over the last thirty years can you unpackage that I mean you know like movies there are some movies from like the 40s 50s 60s that are always gonna be among the best movies of all time but video games because of Technology are better than they have ever been I could the actual products are getting better and better and more complicated and more narrative ly complex and satisfying and the game systems are getting better in the AI is gett...