Emily V. Gordon is an American writer and producer who majors in comedies. Emily generally shares her fame with her husband, Kumail Nanjiani, a Pakistani-American comedian, writer, actor and podcast host. Emily Gordon hit the limelight in 2017 alongside her husband following the outstanding success of their comedy film, The Big Sick. In addition to the award-winning movie, Gordon has credits for numerous other works which include: Comedy Central TV series, The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail; Disney.com teenage web series, Power Up and ExploreD; NBC’s The Carmichael Show: New Neighbors; Nerdist Network podcast, The Indoor Kids, and so on. She also signed a contract with Amazon Film Studio to create an adaptation of Cynthia D’aprix Sweeney’s bestseller novel The Nest written.
Meanwhile, there’s a lot more to know about Kumail Nanjiani’s wife, Emily V. Gordon. How she battled a life-threatening disease just ahead of her wedding, how she succeeds in a career she never trained for, and many more are what we bring you in this article.
Emily V. Gordon Bio
Emily Vance Gordon was born on 3rd May 1979 in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, United States. Emily Gordon studied Psychology at the University of North Carolina, Greensboro. She furthered her education at the same institution, earning a Master’s Degree in Couples and Family Counseling. On completing her studies, Gordon started working in 2004 as a Couples and Family Therapist in North Carolina. She practiced there for about a year before leaving for Chicago, Illinois in 2005. She continued the profession in Chicago until 2007 when she moved over to Brooklyn, New York.
That was the same year Emily V. Gordon married Kumail Nanjiani. It happened that while living in Chicago, Emily met stand-up comedian Kumail at a comedy concert held at the Lincoln Lodge. She had earlier jeered at him while he performed, but ironically, they struck up a conversation after the show and subsequently started dating.
Unfortunately, Emily became severely ill just eight months into their relationship and was diagnosed with Adult-Onset Still’s Disease (AOSD). The illness was really deadly and the doctors had to subject her to an induced coma for eight days to detect it. While Emily was in the coma, Kumail fell all the more in love with her and decided he would make her his wife. Luckily, she recovered, and the pair hurriedly tied the knot three months later, on July 14, 2007. The wedding was a secret courthouse ceremony held in Chicago after which the couple moved to New York.
Comedy Production and Writing Career
After practicing her therapy profession in New York for two years, Emily V. Gordon made a surprising drastic career shift. She abandoned counseling for comedy! Emily consequently got a job with Comix comedy club in New York in 2009. Soon after joining Comix, she partnered with comedian Pete Holmes in producing a live show. By then, Gordon had already decided on a full-time career as an independent writer and comedy producer.
She, therefore, moved with her husband to Los Angeles, the city of bigger and better opportunities as far entertainment careers are concerned. That was in 2010. The same year, Emily created The Meltdown with Jonah and Kumail, a weekly stand-up comedy starring her husband, Kumail Nanjiani and comedian Jonah Ray. The live show was situated behind then popular (but now closed) LA comic bookstore, Meltdown Comics. Comedy Central later booked the show and ran it as a TV series from July 24, 2014, to November 22, 2016, with Emily serving as executive producer.
In 2011, she became the program director for Nerdist Showroom, a comedy house also established at Meltdown Comics by stand-up comedian, Chris Hardwick. In 2015, Emily V. Gordon published her first book titled Super You: Release Your Inner Superhero.
2017 was Emily Gordon’s big break year. She co-wrote The Big Sick, a romantic comedy film with Kumail. The work turned out a hit, shooting the couple to the limelight as well as earning them numerous awards and nominations including the prestigious Independent Spirit Awards’ Best First Screen Play. The film also became one of the highest grossing independent movies of 2017 after it amassed more than five times its budget.
As a freelance writer, Emily V. Gordon has also written for popular magazines and news publications such as GQ, AOL, The Daily Beast, Bust, The Atlantic, and The New York Times, among others.
Emily V. Gordon scarcely talks about her background. That is exactly why information on her family is very rare. Apart from the fact that she was born to Berth and Terry Gordon, no other info is available on Emily’s family. It also remains a mystery whether she has siblings or not.
Facts About Kumail Nanjiani’s Wife
1. Emily V. Gordon’s grave illness inspired the creation of The Big Sick. The virtually autobiographical film was primarily based on the turmoils of Emily and Kumail’s early relationship days and love life.
2. Emily’s marriage to Kumail Nanjiani is her second. They wedded twelve months after their first meeting.
3. Only six friends witnessed Gordon and Nanjiani’s wedding. They kept their union a secret for some years but later announced it in a reception held at a bar in New York.
4. Emily’s husband, Kumail is from a conservative Muslim background and his family organized a three-day religious/traditional wedding for the couple after their official marriage.
5. Although Emily received successful treatments for her illness, she must have to adhere to some strict self-care routines to keep fit and keep the disease away. Nanjiani helps her with all of that anyway.