Hasan Minhaj

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Hasan Minhaj
Hasan Minhaj performs in May 2016.JPG
Minhaj in 2016
Born (1985-09-23) September 23, 1985 (age 36)
Davis, California, U.S.
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Alma materUC Davis
Years active2008–present
Beena Patel
(m. 2015)
WebsiteOfficial website Edit this at Wikidata

Hasan Minhaj (/ˈhʌsən ˈmɪnhɑː(d)ʒ/; born September 23, 1985)[note 1][1] is an American comedian, writer, producer, political commentator, actor, and television host of Indian descent. His Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj won two Peabody Awards and two Webby Awards.

After working as a stand-up comic and appearing in minor television roles, he came to prominence for his work on The Daily Show as its senior correspondent from 2014 to 2018. Minhaj was the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents’ Dinner.[2] His first stand-up comedy special, Homecoming King, debuted on Netflix on May 23, 2017, received positive reviews from critics[3] and earned him his first Peabody Award in 2018.[4]

Minhaj left The Daily Show in August 2018 to host a weekly comedy show, Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, which debuted on Netflix on October 28, 2018.[5] In April 2019, he won his second Peabody Award for Patriot Act, and he was listed among Time's 100 most influential people in the world.

Minhaj appears in season 2 of the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show in a recurring role.

Early life[edit]

Hasan Minhaj was born on September 23, 1985, in Davis, California, United States to Indian Muslim parents from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh, Central India. His parents, Najme and Seema Minhaj (née Usmani) immigrated to the United States from India.[6][7][8] After his birth, he and his father, an organic chemist, remained in the United States. His mother returned to India for eight years to complete medical school,[9] visiting the U.S. after three years to give birth to his sister in 1989.[10] He attended Davis Senior High School, graduating in 2003.[11] Minhaj then attended the University of California, Davis, from which he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science.[12] He graduated in 2007.[13]


Minhaj performing in 2013

While in college, he became interested in comedy after seeing Chris Rock's Never Scared, the first stand-up special he watched. He began traveling to San Francisco to perform.[8] In 2008, he won Wild 94.9's "Best Comic Standing" competition, which resulted in his working as an opening act for Katt Williams, Pablo Francisco, and Gabriel Iglesias. He also worked part-time for the website Ning, an experience he used to write comedy.[13] Minhaj lists Kevin Shea, W. Kamau Bell, and Arj Barker as inspirations.[8]

In 2009, Minhaj moved to Los Angeles to perform on NBC's Stand-up for Diversity, on which he was a finalist.[13][8] In 2011, he was recurring on the TV sitcom State of Georgia and starred in various roles on the MTV hidden camera show Disaster Date. Through posting on YouTube, he was cast on Failosophy on MTV.[8] In 2013, Minhaj appeared in guest roles on Arrested Development and Getting On.[14] He hosted Stand Up Planet in 2013 and a web series, The Truth with Hasan Minhaj, in 2014.[15] In 2014, he voiced Rabi Ray Rana in the video game Far Cry 4.

On November 19, 2014, Minhaj joined The Daily Show as a correspondent, the last one hired by then-host Jon Stewart. Minhaj was asked to come in for an audition with new material after he sent in a tape of him performing an idea for a Daily Show segment, but he initially panicked as he had no other material prepared. The Friday before Minhaj's audition, Ben Affleck and Bill Maher got into a heated exchange about Islam on Maher's show, and Minhaj used this for a new sketch he called "Batman vs. Bill Maher".[15][16]

On June 18, 2016, Minhaj performed a set as the host of the annual Radio and Television Correspondents Dinner.[17] The set gained attention for his condemnation of the United States Congress' inaction in passing gun control legislation.[23]

On April 29, 2017, Minhaj was the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner, where he took on the traditional role of roasting Washington, D.C. society, national politics, current events, the current president, the Washington press corps, and the American media.[24] He criticized U.S. President Donald Trump, who was boycotting the dinner,[25] calling him the "liar in chief," and reminded the press to do their job.[2]

Minhaj's one-man show, Homecoming King, debuted Off-Broadway in October 2015.[9][26] The show featured a central theme of the immigrant experience in the United States today, illustrated with stories from Minhaj's life as a second-generation Indian-American Muslim. He later turned the show into his first stand-up special, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King, which premiered on Netflix on May 23, 2017. The special was filmed at the Mondavi Center at Minhaj's alma mater, UC Davis, in January 2017,[3] and won a television Peabody Award.[27]

In March 2018, Netflix announced that Minhaj would host his own weekly show on the platform.[28][29] The new show, entitled Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, premiered on October 28, 2018. The show received an initial order of 32 episodes. Patriot Act explores the modern cultural, political and economic landscape.[5] In April 2019, Minhaj was listed among TIME's 100 most influential people in the world,[30] and won his second Peabody Award for Patriot Act.[31] Some months after Minhaj's episode on the student loan crisis aired, he was called to testify regarding the issue before the US Congress in September 2019. In August 2020, Minhaj announced the series would not be renewed after 40 Episodes.[32]

On November 27, 2018, Comedy Central aired a special titled Goatface, featuring Minhaj, Fahim Anwar, Asif Ali, and Aristotle Athari.[33] In February 2019, Minhaj played on the "Away" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.[34]

In September 2019, he testified during a U.S. House Committee on Financial Services hearing on student loan debt.[35]

On November 13, 2020, it was announced that Minhaj would join season 2 of the Apple TV+ drama The Morning Show in a recurring role.[36]


Minhaj has said his comedy influences include Richard Pryor, Dave Chappelle, Trevor Noah,[37] Junot Diaz, Jon Stewart, Chris Rock,[38] and Stephen Colbert.[39]

Personal life and family[edit]

In January 2015, Minhaj married Beena Patel, whom he had met in college. Beena received a Doctor of Public Health in 2013 and has since worked with homeless patients and is management consultant for MedAmerica. Minhaj and his wife are both first generation Indian-Americans; Patel is a Hindu of Gujarati descent, and Minhaj is a Muslim of Uttar Pradeshi descent, something he discussed in his comedy special, Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King.[40][41][42] They lived in New York City prior to the pandemic, but have since moved to nearby Greenwich, Connecticut.[43][44] They have two children: a daughter (born April 2018)[45] and a son (born February 2020).[46]

In addition to English, Minhaj is fluent in his native Indian languages of Hindi and Urdu.[47][48] Minhaj did not know he had a sister until he was eight when his mother and sister returned permanently from India.[49] She, Ayesha Minhaj, is an attorney, working in the San Francisco Bay Area.[49]



Year Title Role Notes
2010 True Stories from My Crappy Childhood Himself Short film
2011 Moving Takahashi Grant
2012 Indian Spider-Man Hasan Peter Patel
2013 Good Son Doctor's son
2017 Rough Night Joe
2018 Most Likely to Murder Amir
The Spy Who Dumped Me Topher Duffer
2019 Dads Himself Documentary film


Year Title Role Notes
2010 The Wanda Sykes Show WMZ Staffer Episode: "1.8"
The Legend of Neil Lynel 2 / Lynel 2 episodes
2011 Disaster Date Himself 18 episodes
State of Georgia Seth 5 episodes
2013 Arrested Development Indian Medical Student Episode: "A New Start"
Getting On Raul Episode: "Nightshift"
Failosophy Himself (host) 12 episodes
2014–18 The Daily Show Himself (correspondent) 103 episodes
2016 Radio and Television Correspondents' Dinner[50] Himself (host) TV Special
2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King Himself Stand-up special
2018 Champions Ro Episode: "My Fair Uncle"
The Final Table Guest judge Episode: "India"
Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee Himself (guest) Episode: "Nobody Cries At A Joke"
Goatface Himself Comedy Central special
2018–20 Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Himself (host) 40 episodes; also co-creator, writer, executive producer
2021 The Morning Show Eric Recurring role (season 2)

Video games[edit]

Year Title Voice
2014 Far Cry 4 Rabi Ray Rana (voice)

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Association Category Nominated work Result Ref.
2016 Chhaya CDC Award Architects Of Change Honoree Won [51]
2017 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian Nominated [52]
2018 Shorty Award Best in Comedy The Daily Show Nominated [53]
Peabody Awards Entertainment honoree Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King Won [54]
2019 Entertainment honoree Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Won [31]
Time 100 Most Influential People Won [30]
Webby Awards Video Entertainment "Deep Cuts" (Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj) Won [55][56]
Special Achievement Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Won [56]
Social Campaign for Television & Film Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Nominated [57]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ The pronunciation /həˈsɑːn mɪˈnɑːdʒ/ is one variant Minhaj himself has used, for example during his comedy speech at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner. However, in his public life, he has more recently adopted the pronunciation /ˈhʌsən ˈmɪnhɑːdʒ/ or /ˈmɪnhɑːʒ/, for example, on his Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, including in the second season ("Volume 2") episode "Censorship in China" at 0:25-0:35 and 4:05-4:15, and on the Ellen Show in 2019, correcting the host and repeating the pronunciation /ˈmɪnhɑːʒ/ multiple times.


  1. ^ Hasan Minhaj Uses Timothée Chalamet's Name at Starbucks (TheEllenShow). YouTube. April 4, 2019. Retrieved April 5, 2019. DeGeneres: It's /həˈsɑːn mɪˈnɑːʒ/. Minhaj: No. DeGeneres: Yes. Minhaj: No. DeGeneres: Really? Minhaj: My name is /ˈhʌsən mɪˈnɑːʒ/.
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