Between the two of them, Kumail Nanjiani and Martin Starr have some pretty impressive credits. Together, they star on HBO’s Silicon Valley, which is how they ended up presenting at the Breakthrough Prize awards ceremony at NASA this weekend.
During their speech, the two seemed to feel the need to justify their presence in a room filled with scientists and mathematicians (and Mark Zuckerberg), so they referenced one of the greatest moments of Silicon Valley, the epic hand job joke from season one.
That was a fantastic, hilarious episode. But to bring it up without context, in a room full of people who maybe haven’t seen the episode and also maybe haven’t even seen your show at all, well, that might not be the best idea. Just imagine being a NASA researcher with no familiarity with Silicon Valley, watching two guys give this speech:
Kumail Nanjiani: You guys are mapping the world around us and the world inside us, solving mysteries that have plagued us since the dawn of consciousness. Our biggest accomplishment is a joke about how fast we could masturbate every guy in an auditorium.”
Martin Starr: And we didn’t even write that. They didn’t even use our improvs when we edited it. So we thought maybe we could join the ranks of accomplished people and maybe bring that joke to life here tonight.
Just to clarify, they just said they want to jerk off every person at the NASA awards ceremony.
Nanjiani: So we did the math backstage, it’ll take us about …
Starr: Thirty-seven-and-a-half minutes, maybe, between that and 14 hours. So, if you guys are onboard.
Nanjiani: Depending on how drunk you are … Get ready.
Starr: Which side do you want?
Nanjiani: I’ll take these guys.
Starr: Okay, I’ll go here. Okay, go!
“Hey, remember when we told a room of scientists that we would masturbate them?” said Nanjiani. “Yeah, I do, it just happened,” said Starr, before introducing the next winner, an optogenetics researcher.