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Kal Penn

National Geographic Channel
TV Host, Actor, & White House Staffer
Kal Penn is known for his starring roles in House, How I Met Your Mother, and, of course, the Harold and Kumar franchise, among others. Originally from New Jersey, Penn received his undergraduate degree in Sociology, Theater, Film, and Television at the University of California, Los Angeles, and a graduate certificate in International Security from Stanford University. Penn currently stars in the CBS Dramedy “Battle Creek” for Vince Gilligan and David Shore, airing Sundays at 10pm. He recently wrapped production on a number of independent films, including, “Sisterhood of Night”, “Outliving Emily”, “Dementemania” and “Stereotypically You”. From 2009 to 2011, Penn took a sabbatical from acting, and served as an Associate Director of the White House Office of Public Engagement, where he focused primarily on outreach related to Young Americans, including related issues such as the Affordable Care Act, repeal of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell, and veterans benefits for servicemembers returning from Iraq and Afghanistan. On the big screen, Penn has starred in various independent films and blockbusters. The New York Times called his lead role in Mira Nair's The Namesake a, "crackling, star-making performance." Penn has also taught courses at the University of Pennsylvania, and the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA).