CultureMonday 05.23.22

How Being Muslim Shapes Hasan Minhaj’s Comedy

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. Heilemann and Minhaj discuss the centrality of his autobiography as a first-generation Indian- and Muslim-American, and experience growing up in a predominantly white neighborhood, to his work. They also discuss Minhaj’s internal debates about whether or not he should perform in the Middle East — and the advice he received from Trevor Noah on the issue. Tune in to the full episode to hear about 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 capital 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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