Kumail Nanjiani and Pete Holmes Play ‘Racist or Super Racist’

The Pete Holmes Show debuted on TBS last night and one of the very first guests was one of Holmes’ old friends, fellow comedian Kumail Nanjiani. The pair reminisced about their early days as comics, when they would travel to various college towns of the country together while on tour. Nanjiani then urged Holmes to tell the audience what he used to call him back then, promising the audience that they would then get to decide if it was “racist or super racist.”

For his part, Holmes insisted that everything said back then was said inside their “friendship bubble.” Watch the segment below and decide for yourself.

Also check out how Nanjiani answered when Holmes asked, “What happens when you die?”

CBS Cancels Kal Penn’s Sitcom ‘We Are Men’

CBS announced on Wednesday that it would be cancelling We Are Men, the low-rated comedy starring Kal Penn, Tony Shalhoub and Jerry O’Connell. The network decided to can the show after just two episodes, making it only the second show to be canceled this season (the first was ABC’s Lucky 7.) There are no plans to broadcast the remaining unaired shows.

A sampling of coverage of the cancellation is below.

TV.com: “CBS Cancels We Are Men, Mercifully Freeing Kal Penn and Tony Shalhoub; Mike & Molly Will Take Its Place”

EW.com:We Are Men. We are low rated. We are gone.”

The Salt Lake City Tribune: “That’s two episodes and out for We Are Men, a show whose ratings were almost as bad as it was.”

The New York Times: We Are Men, a comedy about three single men chasing women in an apartment complex, received some of the worst reviews of the season.”

Buzzfeed’s Kate Aurthur sent this tweet:

As for the show’s stars. actors Kal Penn, Jerry O’Connell and Chris Smith reached out to fans via Twitter after the announcement:

So what’s next for Penn and the rest of the cast? That’s still unclear. We liked this scenario proposed by TV.com’s Tim Surette: “Now Shalhoub and Penn can go do something better, like guest-star as romantic interests on The Mindy Project.” (Though Shalhoub is probably a touch too old to play a romantic interest for Mindy. He received news of the cancellation on his 60th birthday.)

Malala Leaves Jon Stewart in Awe After Her ‘Daily Show’ Appearance

Pakistani teenager/newly published author Malala Yousafzai was the guest on The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Tuesday night, and it was a remarkable interview in several ways. Stewart was visibly touched throughout the segment, saying at one point, “Nothing feels better than making you laugh.”

Perhaps the most memorable part of the segment occurred when Stewart asked Malala to describe the Taliban’s presence in Swat Valley and how she and her family thought that she’d never be a Taliban target because of her youth, figuring instead that her father Ziauddin would be the one under threat.

“Why should I wait for someone else,” said Malala when explaining why she put herself at risk. “Why should I wait for the government, the army that they would help us? Why don’t I raise my voice?… And I said, ‘I need to tell the world what is happening. I need to tell the world that Swat is fighting against terrorism.”

Judging from various tweets sent out before the show aired, it seemed Malala also wowed everyone present in the studio: The Malala Fund shared this photo of Yousafzai and Stewart that was taken shortly before the taping:

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And then there were these tweets from Daily Show staffers:

For the most part, viewers were equally impressed with Malala judging from the Twitter reaction.

There was, however, some dissent.

The interview was also notable because it took place a day after Adam B. Ellick of The New York Times released his mini-documentary The Making of Malala. Ellick’s 2009 documentary on Malala, Class Dismissed in Swat Valley, helped launch her to international fame. In this new film, Ellick openly wonders if he and the other adults that surrounded Malala should have realized she would be a target. “By giving [Malala] a platform, did I inadvertently play a role in her shooting?” he asks. The New York Times piece also takes a more critical look at Malala’s father and his role in pushing her into the spotlight.

Several other interesting Malala-related reads have come out this week in connection to her new book, I Am Malala, and Friday’s Nobel Peace prize ceremony. Mark MacKinnon of Toronto’s Globe and Mail examines Malala’s “mighty machine” which now includes a five-person “Malala press office” based in London that’s staffed pro bono by public relations firm Edelman.

And novelist Kamila Shamsie profiled her for The Guardian. Shamsie’s piece is notable for the fact that she was able to briefly get Malala to put her guard down and get her to sound and act like the teenage girl that she is. (A tip from the piece: “[I]f you really want to get her animated, talk about the one subject that can make almost any Pakistani turn into a bit of a teenager: cricket.”)

There was also this memorable quote from Malala about the man who shot her: “It’s hard to kill. Maybe that’s why his hand was shaking.”