The X-Files's Biggest Fan Kumail Nanjiani Will Guest Star in the Revival Series
The lighting is weird because there is a UFO right above our heads. pic.twitter.com/uCW9kTyCJL— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 18, 2015
Nanjiani plays the regular role of Dinesh on the popular and acclaimed HBO series, but never mind that. He's really best known for his podcast, The X-Files Files, which is entirely "dedicated to discussion and fond reminiscences about The X-Files." In other words, it's Nanjiani and a guest (sometimes former X-Files writers, actors, and directors) geeking out about The X-Files for an hour. He has also gone on the record stating that he loves The X-Files so much, he once thought everything on it was real:
And now he gets to appear in the revival series, which is heaven on Earth for any fan who has spent countless hours discussing the minutiae of a favorite show (although we don't all do it in public):
I got to be in an ep of my favorite show (X Files) written & directed by my favorite writer (Darin Morgan.) And this script is wonderful.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 18, 2015
Ok I'll say 1 last thing. David & Gillian were truly kind, welcoming & hilarious. Great people. Now back to your regularly scheduled irony.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 19, 2015
We were shooting nights. It was 3 AM. Gillian & David were reminiscing about the show. She looked at me & said "You should record this."— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 19, 2015
So I did. I recorded them swapping stories, laughing. I don't know how the quality is cuz it was on my phone. But I hope to release it soon.— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) July 19, 2015
Nanjiani will appear on the third episode of the X-Files miniseries, called "Mulder and Scully Meet the Were-Monster." The script comes from the mind of Darin Morgan, who is famous for his darkly funny episodes of the original series, which include "Jose Chung's 'From Outer Space,'" "Clyde Bruckman's Final Repose," and the hilarious killer cockroach episode, "War of the Coprophages." Between Morgan's influence and the ridiculous title, it's safe to say that it will be one of the X-Files's trademark campy episodes, and a comedian like Nanjiani will fit right in.
Nanjiani will join other notable guest stars Joel McHale, another comedian best known for Community, and The Americans's Annet Mahendru, who plays an alleged UFO abductee (because what else?). The X-Files revival will debut on Fox with a two-night premiere on Sunday, January 24, and Monday, January 25.