The first episode of CBS All Access’ The Twilight Zone, “The Comedian”, kicked things off for Jordan Peele’s reboot TV series, and while much of the plot points are laid out for viewers throughout the episode, there are still some aspects that remain somewhat confounding, even in the ending. In “The Comedian”, Kumail Nanjiani stars as stand-up comic Samir Wassan, an unfunny man who develops a newfound ability at being hilarious – by quite literally making people disappear.
It’s an interesting choice having Nanjiani play a stand-up comedian because he himself is one in real life, but whereas he’s become quite successful outside of The Twilight Zone series, his character, Samir, is struggling with getting even a few middling laughs from audiences. That is, until he meets comic legend J.C. Wheeler, played by Tracy Morgan on The Twilight Zone. Taking a few notes from Wheeler, Samir ultimately becomes one of the greatest comedians in the city and a candidate for a hit TV show.
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