CultureSaturday 05.21.22

Hasan Minhaj on How Comedians Can Talk About Abortion

John Heilemann talks with two-time Peabody Award-winning comedian Hasan Minhaj, best known for hosting six seasons of the Netflix series Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj and his widely acclaimed Netflix special, Homecoming King. In the wake of the Supreme Court leak on Roe v. Wade, Heilemann and Minhaj discuss whether he misses being on The Daily Show and having a platform to discuss topical issues, as well as the role of comedy in weighty subjects like abortion. Tune in to the full episode to hear about his early career as a comic and the centrality of his background as a first-generation Indian- and Muslim-American to his work; his breakout stint as a correspondent for The Daily Show and how it shaped his political and social commentary; his 2017 performance at the White House Correspondents dinner and his return to the Capitol two years later to testify before Congress on the student loan crisis; and the embrace of Homecoming King as a “calling card for a new brown America.”

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