As many of you know, there are lots of things that are surprising to new immigrants about life in the United States. During an appearance on The Ellen Show yesterday, The Big Bang Theory’s Kunal Nayyar described how overwhelming a trip to the supermarket was when he arrived in the States as an 18-year-old in 1999.
“I came to the grocery store and I saw so many types of bread and so many types of milks. You know, we didn’t have this it was brown bread or white bread. And then you go and there’s 9-grain bread, which is different from multigrain bread, because I don’t know, maybe there’s 12 types of grains that make it multi?… Are their 9 types of grains? Is that even a thing?”
You can watch the actor tell the full story in the clip above at around 2:45.
Nayyar is currently working on his first book.
A typical Aziz Ansari talk show appearance almost always contains the following three parts: 1) Discussion of his sitcom Parks and Recreation, 2) mention of his stand up comedy career and 3) jokes about his cousins Harris and Darwish.
His appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres Show yesterday afternoon contained all of these elements plus a cameo appearance by one of the most polarizing figures in modern South Asian history.
Ansari displayed this baby photo as part of one of his punchlines:
Pay close attention to the television screen. Who do you see? Why, it’s former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi!
DeGeneres even asks about the bizarre image. (It should be noted that neither star appears to recognize Indira G.)
Ellen: What was that you’re watching on TV there? What’s that program that you were watching?
Aziz: That was MTV Cribs.
Any guesses as to what he was really watching? Post them in the comments.
The entire interview is below (Indira’s cameo is @2:03):