Hasan Minhaj

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Hasan Minhaj
Hasan Minhaj 2013 (cropped).jpg
Minhaj in 2013
Born (1985-09-23) September 23, 1985 (age 33)
Davis, California, U.S.
  • Stand-up
  • television
  • film
Alma materUniversity of California, Davis
Years active2008–present
Beena Patel (m. 2015)

Hasan Minhaj (/mɪˈnɑːdʒ/;[note 1] born September 23, 1985) is an American comedian, writer, political commentator, actor, and television host.

After working as a stand-up comic and appearing in minor television roles, he came to prominence for his work when on The Daily Show as its senior correspondent from 2014 to 2018. Minhaj was the featured speaker at the 2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner.[1] His first stand-up comedy special, Homecoming King, debuted on Netflix on May 23, 2017, and received positive reviews from critics[2] and a Peabody Award in 2018.[3] 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.[4]

Early life and family[edit]

Minhaj comes from a North Indian Muslim family originally from Aligarh and Seohara in Uttar Pradesh, India. His parents, Najme and Seema (née Usmani), migrated to Davis, California, where Minhaj was born and raised.[5][6][7] After his birth, he and his father, a chemist, remained in the United States. His mother returned to India for eight years to complete medical school,[8] visiting the U.S. after three years to give birth to his sister in 1989. Hasan did not know he had a sister until he was eight when his mother and sister returned permanently from India.[9] In addition to English, he is fluent in Hindi and Urdu.[10][11] His sister, Ayesha Minhaj, is an attorney in the San Francisco Bay Area.[12]


Minhaj attended the University of California, Davis, where he majored in political science.[13] There, 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.[7] 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.[7]

In 2009, Minhaj moved to Los Angeles to perform on NBC's Stand-up for Diversity, on which he was a finalist.[13][7] 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.[7] 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.

Minhaj performing in 2016

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.[1]

Minhaj's one-man show, Homecoming King, debuted Off-Broadway in October 2015.[8][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,[2] 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 and political landscape.[4]

On November 27, 2018, Comedy Central aired a special titled "Goatface," featuring comedians Hasan Minhaj, Fahim Anwar, Asif Ali and Aristotle Athiras.

Personal life[edit]

In January 2015, Minhaj married Beena Patel, whom he had met in college at UC Davis. Beena received a Doctor of Public Health in 2013 and since has worked with homeless patients and holds the position of Management Consultant for MedAmerica. Patel is from a Hindu family, which Minhaj discussed in his comedy special, Homecoming King.[30][31] They live in New York City.[32] On April 22, 2018, the couple had their first child, a baby girl.[33]

In 2019, Minhaj played on the "Away" roster during the NBA All-Star Celebrity Game at the Bojangles' Coliseum in Charlotte, North Carolina.[34]



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


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
2014–2018 The Daily Show Himself (correspondent) 103 episodes
2017 White House Correspondents' Dinner Himself (host) TV special
Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King Himself Stand-up special
2018 Champions Ro Episode: "My Fair Uncle"
2018–present Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj Himself (host) Also co-creator, writer, executive producer
2018 The Final Table Guest judge Episode: "India"

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 [35]
2017 Teen Choice Award Choice Comedian Nominated [36]
2018 Shorty Award Best in Comedy The Daily Show Nominated [37]
Peabody Award Hasan Minhaj: Homecoming King Won [38]

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, he has also used the pronunciation /ˈhʌsən ˈmɪnhɑːdʒ/ on his Netflix show Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj, for example in the second season ("Volume 2") episode "Censorship in China" at 0:25-0:35 and 4:05-4:15.


  1. ^ a b Busis, Hillary (April 29, 2017). "White House Correspondents' Dinner: See Hasan Minhaj's Scorching Speech". Vanity Fair. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  2. ^ a b Meslow, Scott (May 11, 2017). "Watch the Trailer for Hasan Minhaj's Terrific New Netflix Special, 'Homecoming King'". GQ. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  3. ^ Rathore, Reena (April 26, 2018). "Comedian Hasan Minhaj's Debut Netflix Special Lands Him His First Peabody Award". India West. Retrieved August 1, 2018.
  4. ^ a b Miller, Liz Shannon (2018-08-09). "Hasan Minhaj to Make History With New Weekly Netflix Series 'Patriot act' Not to be confused with the apparel line "the patriotic act" that was established first in 2016'". IndieWire. Retrieved 2018-08-09.
  5. ^ Egel, Ben. "Hasan Minhaj launches from Davis to the heart of a national debate". Sacramento Bee. Retrieved August 13, 2016.
  6. ^ "Hasan Minhaj, Born 09/23/1985 in California". californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  7. ^ a b c d e "Archived copy". Archived from the original on March 3, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2014.CS1 maint: Archived copy as title (link) CS1 maint: BOT: original-url status unknown (link)
  8. ^ a b Blair, Elizabeth (October 14, 2015). "Hasan Minhaj Of 'Daily Show' On Prom, Indian Dads And White Folks at Desi Weddings". NPR. Retrieved October 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Ayesha Minhaj, Born 06/17/1989 in California". californiabirthindex.org. Retrieved May 1, 2017.
  10. ^ Arora, Priya (November 6, 2015). "Comedian Hasan Minhaj on 'Homecoming King' and the Power of Storytelling". India.com. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  11. ^ Rao, Mallika. "Hasan Minhaj Took a Job No One Wanted". Vulture. Retrieved 15 August 2017.
  12. ^ Lyons, Joseph D. (April 13, 2017). "Who Is Ayesha Minhaj? Hasan's Sister Is An Accomplished Lawyer". Bustle. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  13. ^ a b c Perlman, Daniel (August 24, 2009). "Hasan Minhaj: Giving comedy the college try". LAUGHSPIN. Archived from the original on October 16, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  14. ^ "The Daily Show adds two new correspondents". The A.V. Club. October 10, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  15. ^ a b "'Daily Show' adds Hasan Minhaj and Trevor Noah". Entertainment Weekly. October 10, 2014. Retrieved October 11, 2014.
  16. ^ Lewis, Hilary (October 16, 2015). "'Daily Show' Correspondent Hasan Minhaj Reveals Bill Maher-Ben Affleck Islam Dispute Got Him His Job". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 23, 2017.
  17. ^ C-SPAN (June 16, 2016), Hasan Minhaj at 2016 RTCA Dinner (C-SPAN), retrieved June 21, 2016
  18. ^ Rao, Sameer (June 17, 2016). "WATCH: Hasan Minhaj Passionately Denounces Congressional Inaction on Gun Laws". Colorlines. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  19. ^ Rahel Gebreyes Editor, HuffPost Video (June 17, 2016). "'Daily Show' Correspondent Hasan Minhaj Eviscerates Congress For Inaction on Guns". The Huffington Post. Retrieved June 21, 2016.CS1 maint: Extra text: authors list (link)
  20. ^ "Comedian Who Blasted Congress on Gun Control Tells PEOPLE Why He Has No Regrets: 'This Is What We Have Paid You To Do'". People. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  21. ^ Slattery, Peter (June 17, 2016). "Hasan Minhaj Tears Congress Apart Over Guns And Bigotry". The Daily Beast. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  22. ^ "Comedian Hasan Minhaj to Congress on Guns: 'Is This What You Want Your Legacy to Be?'". NBC News. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  23. ^ [18][19][20][21][22]
  24. ^ Heil, Emily (April 11, 2017). "'Daily Show' regular Hasan Minhaj will headline the White House correspondents' dinner". The Washington Post. ISSN 0190-8286. Retrieved April 11, 2017.
  25. ^ Gold, Hadas (April 11, 2017). "Will Trump be roasted at White House Correspondents' Dinner?". Politico Magazine. Retrieved April 30, 2017.
  26. ^ Gandhi, Lakshmi (October 21, 2015). "'Daily Show' correspondent Hasan Minhaj brings his childhood to the stage". Metro. Retrieved June 21, 2016.
  27. ^ Hipes, Patrick (April 18, 2018). "'Handmaid's Tale', 'Mrs. Maisel', John Oliver & 'SNL' Among Peabody Winners". Deadline.
  28. ^ "Netflix Orders Weekly Talk Show From 'Daily Show' Breakout Hasan Minhaj (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  29. ^ Otterson, Joe (2018-03-01). "'Daily Show' Vet Hasan Minhaj to Host Weekly Netflix Talk Show". Variety. Retrieved 2018-03-02.
  30. ^ "The Daily Show's Hasan Minhaj Drinks His Coffee 'Construction-Worker-Style'". Grub Street. October 16, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2016.
  31. ^ "Instagram post by Hasan Minhaj". Instagram. January 6, 2015. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  32. ^ Kaufman, Joanne (December 16, 2016). "A 'Daily Show' Correspondent Adjusts to Life in New York". The New York Times. Retrieved May 25, 2017.
  33. ^ Hasan Minhaj. Instagram. Retrieved on April 23, 2018.
  34. ^ release, Official. "ESPN and NBA announce celebrity rosters and coaches for 2019 NBA All-Star Celebrity Game presented by Ruffles exclusively on ESPN". NBA.com. Retrieved 2019-03-13.
  35. ^ "Presenting our Architects of Change Honorees". Chhaya CDC.
  36. ^ Ceron, Ella (June 19, 2017). "Teen Choice Awards 2017: See the First Wave of Nominations". Teen Vogue. Retrieved June 19, 2017.
  37. ^ "Best in Comedy". Shorty Awards.
  38. ^ Brockington, Ariana (April 19, 2018). "'Handmaid's Tale,' 'A Series of Unfortunate Events' Among Peabody Entertainment, Youth Winners (EXCLUSIVE)". Variety. Retrieved April 20, 2018.

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