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Pop Culture Happy Hour: Live From Los Angeles With Kumail Nanjiani

Kumail Nanjiani and Stephen Thompson on stage at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 23, 2016.
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Kumail Nanjiani and Stephen Thompson on stage at the Regent Theater in Los Angeles on Sunday, October 23, 2016.

Almost a year ago, via a seemingly innocuous tweet, the very funny comedian and very funny actor Kumail Nanjiani and I discovered a shared enthusiasm for, and very deep feelings about, the romantic comedies of the 1990s. At our recent tour stop in Los Angeles at the Regent Theater, Kumail was in our fourth chair, and the topic was ... romantic comedies. We had Stephen and Glen catch up a bit on this genre so that we could bring both casual and committed perspectives to the table, and it's safe to say it goes pretty deep. (You'll also hear about Kumail's wedding day, because no romantic-comedy discussion is complete without some real-life examples.)

In our second segment, our panelists face off in a challenging quiz about disguises and secret identities, and Kumail learns that he knows more than perhaps he thought.

As always, we close the show with what's making us happy this week. Glen is glad to have a chance to appreciate what he learned from a comic artist who wasn't afraid to punch a bear, and happy about a comic he's been checking out. Kumail is happy about a rewatch that recalls the early days of his own love story and also happy about re-exploring movies he's long loved. Stephen is happy about a wonderful discussion that NPR Music recently posted, and I am happy about some reruns that sustained me during a long tour.

You should absolutely follow Kumail on Twitter, because you never know when another romcom discussion might break out. As for us, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter: me, Stephen, Glen, producer Jessica, and executive producer and music director Mike.

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Linda Holmes is a pop culture correspondent for NPR and the host of Pop Culture Happy Hour. She began her professional life as an attorney. In time, however, her affection for writing, popular culture, and the online universe eclipsed her legal ambitions. She shoved her law degree in the back of the closet, gave its living room space to DVD sets of The Wire, and never looked back.