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Kumail Nanjiani tapped to host IFP's Gotham Awards

November 17, 2009 | 12:05 pm

Rising comic Kumail Nanjiani will be the host of IFP's 19th annual Gotham Awards, to be held in New York on Nov. 30. The performer, best known for his role on Comedy Central's "Michael and Michael Have Issues" and appearances on "The Colbert Report," was recently the focus of a New York Times profile and has amassed a growing following on the comedy circuit. Among his upcoming projects is a feature role in the big-screen comedy "Life as We Know It" with Katherine Heigl.

Nominees for the Gotham Awards' six competitive prizes include such festival favorites as "The Hurt Locker," "The Maid," and the Coen Brothers' "A Simple Man."

The ceremony will also pay tribute to actors Natalie Portman and Stanley Tucci, "Hurt Locker" director Kathryn Bigelow and producers Tim Bevan and Eric Fellner. 

-- Paul Gaita

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