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#tbt Interview With Kumail Nanjiani

*This interview first published on Serial Optimist May 10, 2011 by Zhila Shariat. Let’s throw it back with one of our favorites, Kumail Nanjiani! You’ve heard the same old story before: Born […]


Local Comics Know Why Portland Is So Great

Tonight’s the night! The All Jane No Dick Festival starts this evening with a schedule packed full of local comics. Highlighting the best Portland talent, be sure catch these comics […]


This Is What You Need To Know About Comedy In June

There was so much happening with Kim and Kanye that we almost forgot that Egypt was in such an upheaval that would lead to their president stepping down. With that […]


‘Portlandia’ Renewed!

Cool! IFC has renewed “Portlandia!” Not just for one, but two more seasons. So, we’ll get to see a lot more of Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein come up with […]


Need A Woman Who Can Do It All? Holler At Stacey Hallal!

I knew Stacey Hallal was an awesome lady. We’d met several times while she was still living in Chicago. I always loved how driven she was, not to mention friendly […]


This Is What You Need To Know About Comedy In February

While February was certainly wrought with asteroids, sequesters, the Oscars, Valentine’s Day, and other trending topics to make comedy sketches about, there was so much comedy news (it is pilot […]


Serial Optimist’s ’10 Comedians You Must Know’ In 2013

2013 is sure to have its share of unexpected success stories and breakout performances in the comedy arena. However, we here at SO would like to make some predictions and […]


This Is What You Need To Know About Comedy In December

Well, with both 2012 and December 2012 officially over, it’s safe to say, according to me, that comedy gave a damn fine finish to the year. Plenty of deals were […]


SO Comic Con: IFC Panel

This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending Comic Con New York, where in addition to excellent people watching (many fez wearers), we attended the IFC panel featuring The […]

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Kumail Nanjiani Will Make You Laugh Hard

You’ve heard the same old story before: Born and raised in Pakistan, never seeing comedy once until moving to Iowa to attend college at 18, and being deathly shy, is […]