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Podcast Review: Kumail Nanjiani's X Files Files

06/13/2014 10:18 am ET | Updated Aug 13, 2014
  • Marc Hershon Branding expert and co-author of the business book "I Hate People!"; host of "Succotash", the Comedy Podcast Podcast

Scott Aukerman (Comedy Bang Bang, Analyze Phish), Doug Benson (Doug Loves Movies, Dining with Doug and Karen), and many other comedians are part of a growing phenomenon: Hosting multiple podcasts on an ongoing basis. The latest to join the fold is Kumail Nanjiani, who co-hosts The Indoor Kids podcast and is a frequent guest on Dan Harmon's Harmontown, not to mention scoring major points with his role this season in HBO's Silicon Valley.

He recently took the wraps off of Kumail Nanjiani's X Files Files, a show with the simple premise of talking about episodes of TV's long-cancelled sci-fi conspiracy fave The X-Files. This week hears comedian DC Pierson joining Nanjiani to talk about Episode 3: The Squeeze.

They spend a lot of up front talking about the kinds of TV shows they liked when they were younger and how both gravitated to the show featuring David Duchovny and Gillian Anderson. So why does this qualify as a comedy podcast? Because it's damned funny! The analysis and review of the episode turns out to be a field ripe with comedic possibilities, which are fully exploited in the course of the show.

Whether you're an X-Files fan or, perhaps, just discovering it now, this show is a fun companion to enhance your experience.

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This review originally posted as part of This Week In Comedy Podcasts on Splitsider.com. Marc Hershon is host and executive producer of Succotash, the Comedy Podcast Podcast.