CultureSunday 05.22.22

How Hasan Minhaj Fell in Love with 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 how being involved in speech and debate as a kid changed his life and jump-started his comedy career, why making people laugh gave him a sense of agency and control, and how he decided to pursue political comedy professionally. Tune in to the full episode of Hell And High Water 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.”

Hell & High Water