Actor Kumail Nanjiani Starts A New X-Files Podcast

Silicon Valley actor and X-Files fanatic Kumail Nanjiani's new podcast is a great reminder of why we love The X-Files.

The X Files: He Wants to Believe

If I get things my way, we’ll be having discussions on The X-Files from now until December 22, 2012, when aliens take over the planet and ultimately colonize our weak, feeble race. 

Wait, it’s 2014…

I guess since the date of the alien invasion passed and I’ve yet to notice an alien life force among us, the finale of The X-Files has been proven wrong. The end wasn’t exactly what we thought it would be, but 21 years after Mulder and Scully started opening and never closing X-File cases, we’re still analyzing, dissecting and praising one of the great sci-fi shows of all time.

The latest homage to the FOX hit comes from actor and comedian Kumail Nanjiani, who currently stars in the HBO comedy Silicon Valley. Nanjiani, a devout X-Files fan, started The X-Files Files, a new podcast that will breakdown each episode of the series.

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In the first episode of the podcast, Nanjiani examines the first two episodes of the series, “Pilot” and “Deep Throat,” along with guest Devin Faraci of Badass Digest. “If I had to pick one show to be my favorite of all time, it would be this,” Nanjiani says. 

You can download the free podcast here:

— Kumail Nanjiani (@kumailn) June 4, 2014

It probably better serves you to actually have a base knowledge of The X-Files before listening. Still, if you’re just a big fan of Nanjiani, you’ll find the podcast nicely aligns with his standup work.

Usually Nanjiani works best when he finds a unique way to deliver on dry topics, as he’s done multiple times as a guest on Portlandia. With The X-Files Files, he’ll have plenty of dense items to discuss in each episode, as this first installment touches on post-9/11 television, trusting our government and developing a serious case of the X-Philes – it’s the fourth-time Nanjiani is watching the series.

Hopefully as the show gains a following, he’ll bring on some of the creative minds of The X-Files, or dare we say David Duchovny or Gillian Anderson?

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